Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
This trail starts with a spectacular ride with Krossobanen, the cable car that transports you from the valley of Rjukan and up to the foot of Hardangervidda in 5 minutes.
This fairly tough hike then takes you from Gvepseborg, Krossobanen’s top station, to Kalhovd Turisthytte in a varied terrain.
The first 2 km is a steep climb.
After about 14 km you will reach the highest point of the hike tour, 1178 meters above sea level. The hike tour is 35 km long and takes about 7,5 hours to walk.
Make sure to bring enough water and food – you won’t be able to buy anything until you reach Kalhovd Turisthytte.
For the more athletic person, this counts as a normal hike.
But for a family this can be a more demanding tour. We suggest you make this a two-day-adventure.
Spend the night at the idyllic Kalhovd Turisthytte and walk back the day after.