Explore Hallingskarvet National Park

Rent mountain bikes in Haugastøl.
This is an opportunity to explore one of the geological gems of central Norway: Hallingskarvet National Park. This 170-square-mile (450-square-km) protected area was formed over various ice ages and, today, includes high plateaus, glaciers, and towering mountain peaks—the highest of which is Folarskardnuten, which rises 6,342 feet (1,933 meters). It's home to rare and threatened vegetation, like whitlow grass, and exotic fauna like wild reindeer. 

It's also a popular site for nature excursions. There are several hiking trails here for every age and fitness level. Some are easy (less than 2 miles/3.5 km), and some are more difficult (up to 10 miles (16 km) or more). For a bigger adrenaline rush, there are also dozens of bike trails ranging in length and difficulty. A good place to start is renting a bike from Haugastøl Turistsenter in Haugastøl—Norway's largest provider of rental bikes. The friendly staff will provide everything you need for a day of biking, including protective gear, tutorials, and area maps.

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Itineraries with Explore Hallingskarvet National Park

Nordic Road Trip for Nature Lovers - 14 Days

Take the wheel on this relaxed self-guided road trip as you travel through five of Norway's official scenic routes. Over two weeks you'll encounter a number of stunning fjords, national parks, cool mountain towns, farm stands, and varying landscapes with mile-long views. Finish the adventure with some urban culture in Norway's second largest city (Bergen) with its great restaurant scene and wharfside UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Norway Road Trip: Kragerø, Kristiansand, Evje, Flåm, and Oslo - 8 Days

On this trip, you get to truly experience the best of fishing, Norwegian traditions and discover scenic views including the unique fjords. Driving from the capitol Oslo and down south, you will encounter the southern picturesque villages before ending up at historical Boen Manor House for a few day of guided fishing in the Otra River. You'll then head through the Setesdalen and visit Flåm, where you'll enjoy a Næroyfjord Cruise and travel along the historic Flåm Railway, before heading back to Oslo.

Self-Drive Tour of Norway: Hemsedal, Hjelledalen & Flam - 10 Days

Enjoy the great Norwegian outdoors with a number of exciting activities. You'll start with a few days cross-country skiing in Hemsedal before heading towards the glacier area of Jostedalsbreen. Here, you'll hike to the Blue Ice Cave, learn about glaciers, and ride a cable car to the top of a fjord. Then, you'll stop in Flam for a scenic fjord cruise and a trip along the Flam Railway. The trip will end in exciting Oslo.

Ultimate Summer Hiking Adventure in Norway - 20 Days

This 20-day Nordic journey is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who want to maximize their time in the country's stunning mountains and fjords. Start off with an authentic cabin-to-cabin trek in a wilderness area halfway between Norway's two largest cities: Oslo and Bergen. You'll stay in Norway's great hiking lodges with fellow trekkers, ending each day in a different staffed abode that serves dinner and breakfast. The latter hiking portion of this trip takes place in the Lusterfjord where you'll stay in a charming guesthouse with access to 30 hiking trails in the area. It's not all about hiking, though: you'll get urban culture, restaurants, and nightlife in the two aforementioned cities to round out this awesome adventure.