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Approximately 4 Hours
Drive through the village of Eidfjord before you continue up the steep Måbødalen Valley. The old road to the top was once only four miles, made up of a series of alarming hairpin bends carved precariously into the mountainside. Today, there is a new route -- appreciably safer, albeit less thrilling. It leads to the enormous Hardanger Mountain Plateau -- the largest mountain plateau in Northern Europe and one of the few places in Norway where wild reindeer herds still live untended. Keep your eyes peeled, but they are elusive creatures -- brilliantly camouflaged and thus seldom seen.
Stop for refreshments at Halne Mountain Lodge, about 30 miles from Eidfjord. The lodge is situated about 3,700 feet above sea level at the heart of the plateau, and its wooden interior is pleasantly welcoming. Coffee or tea and a homemade Norwegian waffle will be served with jam and sour cream. Be sure to check out the many items and photos from the area.
Return to the Måbødalen Valley and stop at the Sysen Dam -- the main reservoir for the Sima Power Station and one of Norway's largest embankment dams. The dam's watertight core is lined with filter zones of sand and gravel, weighted down and supported by large quantities of rock. The dam is more than a half-mile long, 265 feet tall and 813 feet wide at the bottom.
Continue to Fossli to view the Vøringsfossen Waterfalls. You'll take a short walk on an uneven path to the viewpoint. The majestic falls cascade almost 600 feet into the wild Måbø Valley below.
Return to Eidfjord by way of the Måbødalen Valley.
Views are weather-dependent. Wear comfortable walking shoes.