The valley of Numedal, where Uvdal is situated, is perhaps most famous for its four stave churches dating back to the 12th century, but it is often the surrounding nature that gives visitors a near-religious experience. Fishermen, hikers and adrenaline junkies alike travel to the Norwegian village to access Hardangervidda, the largest mountain plateau of its kind in Europe, on foot, horseback, bike or by skiing swiftly through freshly prepared tracks. “Hardangervidda was shaped by retreating glaciers during the Ice Age. The average elevation is 1,100 metres and there are several stunning peaks, but large areas are still quite flat.

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