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Information in English

Information in English

Fotograf: Gunnar Elnan
Utsikt fotograf Gunnar Elnan
The western part of Hardangervidda has a very diverse geology. The bedrock consists of granite and gneiss over 1000 million years old. Over time, abrasion reduced the ancient mountains to a plain, which in turned was flooded when Hardangervidda was at the bottom of the North Atlantic, about 450-600 million years ago.

This era was vital to the nature of Hardangervidda, as the marine deposits from back then formed rich shale rocks which today lay the foundation for the rich and diverse plantlife at Hardangervidda.

The central part of Hardangervidda is characterized by large morains, glacial tills that were deposited by rivers under and along the sides of the glaciers. The glacier Hardangerjökulen is still one of the most prominent landscape elements in the region.

Several factors contribute to the rich plantlife at Hardangervidda. Flora elements from east and west meet at Hardangervidda, there is a humidity gradient from west to east, and the geology is very diverse. In addition, snow cover plays an important role in shaping the plant communities. Together, these factors have shaped a mosaic of plant communities and it’s fascinating to se how this change over short distances.

The keen botanist should seek out the slopes facing south from one of the many shale rock peaks in Eidfjord. These are easily accessible from Route 7 across Hardangervidda.

Wild life
Hardangervidda is home to the largest herds of wild reindeer in Europe. These animals have played an important role for those people who settled around the mountain plateau, hunting traditions date back at least 8500 years.

Other animal life include red fox, Norway lemming, mountain hare, stoat, weasel and the occasional moose. Hardangervidda is also well known for its rich birdlife, including the southernmost breeding sites for Long-tailed duck, long-tailed skua, temmincks’s stint and lapland bunting.

The many shallow lakes have nationally important populations of black-throated diver, velvet- and common scoter and greater scaup. Shorebirds include great snipe, dunlin, purple sandpiper, dotterel, golden plover and red-necked phalarope.

On the dry heaths the shore lark is common, together with rock ptarmigan, meadow pipit, northern wheatear and lapland bunting. The beautiful bluethroat share the willows with willow ptarmigan, reed bunting, fieldfare, redwing and willow warbler. Rough-legged buzzard, golden eagle, merlin and gyr falcon share the hunting grounds.

Fishing rules
  • Anyone over 16 years of age, wanting to fish with a rod or hand-held line, need to buy fishing permit

  • No other tackle may be used apart from fishing rod or hand-held line. Use of longlines or rod stands is prohibited.

  • On common land belonging to the state in Eidfjord, Ulvik and Ullensvang fishing with rod and hand-held line is permitted from 1 January until 30 September inclusive. On common land in Røldal fishing with rod and hand-held line is permitted from 15 June until 15 September inclusive.

  • Use of live fish as bait is prohibited.

  • Moving fish from one lake to another is prohibited.

  • Use of otter boards for fishing is prohibited, cf. DN regulation of 29 May 1970.
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