Hardangervidda Loop

Cycling in Hardangervidda is a surreal experience on a barren and wild plateau, which is a world away from the lush green valley below. To reach the plateau, you can either walk your bike up a crazy steep path made famous as the escape route for the saboteurs in World War 2. Option two is much nicer, taking Norway’s oldest cable car (Krossobanen) to the top with your bike. This old cable car offers panoramic views of Rjukan, Gaustatoppen, and Vemork from its upper station at Gvepseborg. After a brief uphill climb, the 30 km journey to Kalhovd Tourist Lodge unfolds, marked by gently rolling terrain, scenic picnic spots, and fishing lakes.


For those seeking more adventure, an optional 8 km extension to Synken leads to Mårbu Tourist Lodge via boat. The return route, spanning approximately 30 km from Kalhovd to Atrå, features mostly downhill cycling, though caution is advised on a paved road halfway through. Completing the journey back to Rjukan entails a 25 km stage along a paved road from Atrå. If you’re in the area and the weather is settled this is must route to do!

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