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 Hardangervidda, winter 2001/2002

In winter 2001/2002, we (Hermann-Josef Gördes and myself) went a third time to the Hardangervidda/Norway, the second tour being described here (where also some links are provided). This time we wanted to experience Norwegian winter and went there after X-mas 2001 with snowshoes and pulka/rucksack. Indeed, we had a very nice (but sometimes freezing cold) winter hiking tour. We started and finished in Finse and encircled the Hardangerjökull clockwise in 12 days (approx 110km). The tour is somewhat obvious when looking at the Hardangervidda overview map below. We followed the summer tracks aided by GPS and compass/map. The temperatures were quite cold in the beginning (30 to 40 degrees below zero) but went up to almost zero after newyear. Most of the time, we slept in the tent (with two exeptions). As a rough figure, we used 3.5l of shelllite for the stove for two people (10 days in the tent, 2 in a hut), including melting of snow and cooking in the evenings. The maps needed for our trip are the following:
  • Turkart Hardangervidda (Statens Kartverk, Norway), scale 1:200.000 for overview and planning purposes.
  • Norge 1:50.000, M711 series (Statens Kartverk), blad 1416 II (Hardangerjökulen) and III (Myrdal) for the northern part .
  • Norge 1:50.000, M711 series (Statens Kartverk), blad 1415 I (Bjoreio) and IV (Eidfjord) for the southern part.
  • The tour, as we did it, contains ten "full day tours" and two rather short days. Coordinates have been measured using a Garmin GPS12 and an EPE of about 10m and are provided in UTM format (grid zone 32). The tour from Hedlo back to Finse, passing the Hardangerjökull on the western side is nothing this should be recommended for the winter, since the area towards Eidfjord and around Rembedalssete is really steep.
  • 2001-12-26: flight to Oslo, train Oslo-Finse (~5 hrs).
  • 2001-12-27: Finse - Brattevonnvattnet (32V, 0419726, 6712850)
  • 2001-12-28: Brattevonnvattnet - Leirbotn lake at 1076m (32V, 0416664, 6706890)
  • 2001-12-29: lake - close to the road ("7" between Dyranut and Liset) south of Sysenvatnet (32V, 0411345, 6695533)
  • 30/12-2001-12-30: road - Haraldshaugane (32V, 0403768, 6688169)
  • 31/12-2001-12-31: Haraldshaugane - Hadlaskard cabin (32V, 0398707, 6681604)
  • 2002-01-02: Hadlaskard cabin - Hedlo cabin (32V, 0398290, 6687646)
  • 2002-01-03: Hedlo cabin - Viveli - Memorgonuten (32V, 0401706, 6694141)
  • 2002-01-04: Memorgonuten - Fossli - vesle Ishaug (32V, 0404832, 6704988)
  • 2002-01-05: vesle Ishaug - south of glacier Rembedalskåki (32V, 0406348, 6711373)
  • 2002-01-06: Rembedalskåki - Rembedalssete cabin
  • 2002-01-07: Rembedalssete cabin - Ramnabergvatnet (32V, 0406520, 6716479)
  • 2002-01-08: Ramnabergvatnet - Finse
  • 2002-01-09: train to Oslo & flight back
  • Map courtesy to DNT @ www.dnt.no


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    a not too warm night
    2001-12-27
    002
    evening light
    2001-12-27
    003
    frozen tent
    2001-12-28
    004
    evening sun
    2001-12-28
    005
    down...
    2001-12-29
    006
    open water!
    2001-12-29
    007
    sun on the montains
    2001-12-29
    008
    break
    2001-12-29
    009
    navigating
    2001-12-30
    010
    ideal pulka terrain
    2001-12-30
    011
    Haraldshaugane.
    2001-12-30
    012
    towards Eidfjord
    2002-01-04
    013
    down there...???
    2002-01-04
    014
    Eidfjord 3-D
    2002-01-04
    015
    down jacket
    2002-01-04
    016
    half moon
    2002-01-05
    017
    where's the way
    2002-01-06
    018
    ice, snow, clouds
    2002-01-06
    019
    up, up & away
    2002-01-06
    020
    back to Finse
    2002-01-07

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