Dyranut - Hedlo – Sandhaug – Dyranut, a 3 day hut to hut hike at the Hardangervidda.
Dyranut – Hedlo, 23 km
Start the hike at Dyranut. Go south towards Nybu, continue west through Bjoreidalen valley, via Tverrgavlen and Dyresminne. Continue past Haraldshaugane and through Hedlebotnane to Hedlo.
Stay overnight at Hedlo Mountain Lodge
Hedlo – Sandhaug, 27.8 km:
Go south along the river Veig with lovely fishing and swimming spots, on the east side of Rjotemyrane to Rjoto. Go over the bridge and on to the path-crossing to Hadlaskard. Continue south-east up between Rjupehaug and Trongaskardnutane and through Hallaskar. Southwards to the path-crossing to Bjoreidalen-Hadlaskard and through Låghellerskaret. New path-crossing to Hadlaskard south-east of Grananuten. Go east over the Sørfjordingrindane. Another path-crossing to Besso on Vierslahæ. Further south-east on the north side of Nordmannslågen over Grønahæ, on the bridge over Nordåna, over Hestaleitet and Holmsbuhallet to Sandhaug.
Stay overnight at Sandhaug Turisthytte
Sandhaug – Dyranut, 23.4 km:
Go up on east side of Trondavadnutane, further on west of Reinsmyrtjørna, through Eiriksbudalen valley. Cross the bridge over the Snero river and continue along the carriageway. The T-route takes off to the left from the carriageway approx. 1 km after the bridge. Shortly after there’s a path-crossing towards Trondsbu, Tinnhylen and Stigstuv. Continue on at the west side of Hellehalsen and Gunnarshaug. The path goes down into the Bjoreidalen valley to the bridge at Nybu. Path-crossing to Bjoreidalen and Stigstuv on the north side of the river and to Hedlo and Hadlaskard on the south side. Walk up the east side of Nybunuten, along the west end of Vetle Skiftessjøen lake and further up to Dyranut by the Route 7.
This is a hike in the Norwegian high mountains. What you need to know before hiking in Hardangervidda:
It is wise to plan your trip well. The mountain lodges prefer advance booking for accommodation, then you are guaranteed a place. Accommodation at the DNT mountain lodges that are arranged for advance booking online can be booked on DNT's booking page. Here you get a quick and easy overview of which lodges are available on your chosen dates. Book here
For DNT mountain lodges that are still not arranged for pre-booking online and privately owned mountain lodges, see ut.no for contact information, so that you can get in touch directly for booking.
At the Hardangervidda you are in the wilderness. There are no shops, doctors, restaurants, ATMs, or telephones. You can be several days hiking from the nearest road.
You can buy provisions and stay overnight the lodges operated by the Norwegian Trekking Association. You can pay by leaving a cash payment, or by filling out a payment form. In the staffed lodges you can pay by debit or credit card.
Hiking is possible when Hardangervidda is snow free, normally in July and August. Winter can come quickly and without mercy, even early in September.
Do not put yourself and others at risk by hiking outside the season, or by not being properly prepared and equipped. Every year there are tourists who are rescued by local volunteers.
Bring warm, water and wind proof clothing. The weather in the high mountains is different from the weather down by the fjords. Be prepared for low temperatures, also in the summer. Weather can change rapidly and unpredictably. It can be good weather down by the fjord and foggy and cold in the mountains.
Always have a topographical map (at least in scale 1:100.000) and compass (and even a GPS). In Norway, even if a trail is marked, it can be difficult to see it, and a map and compass enables you to orientate. Be especially aware of fog in the Hardangervidda, which is not a problem in lower areas.
Buy hiking maps at the local tourist offices, or order a map online at kartbutikken, or by e-mailing the Norwegian Trekking Association at email@example.com. You can also print you own topographical map (for free) in scale 1:25.000 or 1:50.000 by using an online map tool. The quality of hiking maps for sale is much better, as the paper quality is weather proof. The maps for sale contain more relevant information about marked trails, estimated time for the marked trails, mountain lodges etc.
Distances in the wilderness are given in time, NOT kilometers. Norwegian standard walking time is a fast pace. You will find this information given in hours in tour descriptions and in hiking maps. You need to add time to the standard walking time, and also add time for breaks. Which means that a 6 hour hike is really a full day's hike. An 8 hour hike is long day’s hike. Be aware of elevation differences; 4 km in a flat landscape is very different from 4 km with an ascent of 1,000 meters! Downhill is just as demanding as uphill, especially if you carry a heavy backpack.
If you plan to hike several days in the Hardangervidda, you need to be physically fit for it.
You have no access to electricity in the mountains; bring enough batteries. You use more power in cold weather.
You do NOT have mobile coverage everywhere in the mountains, and NO access to internet. If something happens, you will most likely not be able to phone for help. It can be several days hiking to the nearest road.
As a rule you can drink the water in the Hardangervidda, but there is no guarantee that it is safe. Be especially aware of the water in areas where many people go (like the trail to Trolltunga), and in smaller ponds.
Take all waste with you.
Nature in the high mountains is extremely vulnerable. Do not disturb animals and birds, do not destroy vegetation.
From 15th April to 15th September making fire near or in woodlands is prohibited.
If you fish in lakes and streams and rivers you need a permit from the land owner. Buy fishing permits online at inatur, at the lodges in the Hardangervidda, or at the local tourist offices.