Time: 5-6 hours
Length: Not Really Sure
Location: Kinsarvick, Norway
This was a great hike that starts just outside of Kinsarvick. It heads up through the valley and onto the Hardangervidda Plateau. The first waterfall can be driven to and there is parking right next to it. A nice waterfall yet not my favorite and it is also part of a hydro electric plant which is pretty cool.
After hiking up the slippery rocks to the top of the first waterfall, the path carries on and was quite muddy when I was there. Dodging some of the bad areas was quite tricky at times but this brings you to the second waterfall. Another stunning sight and yet still not my favorite.
From here, there is some steep climbing up slanted rock faces and over some boulders. The hard work pays off as you come out of the woods to the third waterfall. A beautiful lake is at the bottom and just begging for a swim…except were in Norway and the water is freezing cold from the melted snow. Still totally worth it to some people! This was my favorite spot and a great place to enjoy some food. It is also an excellent spot to camp, kinda wish I had brought my tent with me. The views and rushing water made the third waterfall very peaceful and enjoyable.
Continuing the hike up through the valley, I came to the top of the waterfall and was able to look down over the amazing view. The rocks were really slippery and there’s nothing to keep you from going over the edge so extra precautions had to be taken. As the climb continued up the valley wall, the fourth and final waterfall came into sight. It was a two-fer! One stunning waterfall leading into a second right below it.
The trail continued up past the fourth waterfall and I continued on wanting to see where it lead. It was a steep hike, and I finally made it to the top of the plateau where a glassy lake was waiting for me. I found a patch of snow and of coarse had to make a snowball! Also I couldn’t resist the urge to fill up my water with some refreshing Norwegian water. Boy was it good! At the top here, there were some other hikers and I learned that this trail leads to a Norwegian DNT Hut (cabins set up by the Norwegian Trekking Association for hikers to sleep in).
Making my way back down to the parking lot, the views were just amazing and I continually stopped to enjoy the scenery. It had been a fantastic hike and I was so happy I was able to do it. This is not a hike to be rushed but one to enjoy and soak in the beauty of the outdoors especially when blessed with a great day in Norway!