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Hardangervidda Winter Crossing
Hardangervidda is the largest peneplain in Europe. In winter, extreme temperatures below -20°C are typical, and since the plain is mostly devoid of trees, punishing winds add to the hostility of the terrain. With these conditions, the plateau provides an environment close to Greenland or Antarctica, which is why Hardangervidda has been one of the most popular training grounds for Polar expeditions. The polar pioneers Amundsen and Shackleton have both trained here, as have famous modern explorers like Børge Ousland and Hannah McKeand.
Following in these footsteps, we picked the Hardanger plateau as the site for our first big winter adventure. Our goal is to ski across the plateau unguided, unsupported, and unassisted. We will start from Skinnarbu in the South-East on January 28th and hope to arrive in Finse before February 8th so that we can attend the Expedition Finse conference on Feb 8th to 10th.
Temperatures in Hardangervidda in winter are usually lowest in February and March, and winds are strongest in December and January. Going at the end of January, we are looking at the worst of both. We are prepared for temperatures to plummet to below -30°C at night, and expect winds of up to 80 km/h. We hope to cover the distance of 120km in six to eight days of skiing, but we will be carrying supplies for twelve days. A big challenge will be to make the most of the 7:30h of daylight we will have. We expect to do our morning and evening preparations in the dark, so we can use as much daylight for skiing as possible.
You can follow our trip live on the map above once we set out!
We have decided to not climb onto the plateau because of increasing avalanche risk after reaching Mogen and are now on our way back to Skinnarbu.