The Hardangervidda National Park Centre
Opening hours :
The exhibition / centre is closed tomorrow Thusday March 30th
due to conference in Rjukan.
The Centre is open also Saturday April 1st. 10 - 1600
Winter/spring season Oct.1-June 9th Mon-Friday 10-16.00(sat/sun closed)
High season June 10th - August 31st open every day, also weekends 10-18.00
Please be aware that in the low season the Exhibition will close temporarily because of
holidays,maintainance etc.Information will be published on this webpage and facebook:www.facebook.com/hardangerviddanasjonalparksenter/
Reception: + 47 970 74 300/ 906 07 725
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The Panorama Cafe
The Panorama Café is open from June 10th to the 31st of August, and opens on request in the low-season.
The Café serves a variety of hot and cold foods.
Reception: 970 74 300
Ståle Rue: 906 07 725
The Hardangervidda National Park Centre is situated near Skinnarbu, which lies at the outlet of Lake Møsvatn, in the National Park municipality of Tinn, near the border to the National Park municipality of Vinje, all of which is part of Telemark county.
The national park centre is a governmentally approved part of the Hardangervidda National Park, and is housed together with its partner the Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre South.
Interactive exhibition on wild reindeer
On the 14th of August 2013 The Hardangervidda National Park Centre opened a new 600m2 section complete with an interactive exhibition about wild reindeer and their habitat. The exhibition has been very well received by the public and has also accieved two international awards. The exhibit includes: 22 interactive installations, all of which are in both Norwegian and English, a mini movie theater with short films by Arne Nævra,"The French Cave"with original artifacts and tools made from reindeer bone and dating back more than 17 000 years, all excavated in the south of France.
The exhibition’s 6 different sections:
1. The introductory section- where the experience of being a wild reindeer is recreated and presented to the visitor.
2. The science section- which deals with the biology and ecology of the wild reindeer. This section also introduces the visitor to the various locations of wild reindeer in the rest of Norway and the world.
3. The historical section- which is about the origins and evolution of the wild reindeer, its roaming pattern, and its interaction with humans throughout history.
4. The management and research section- which covers the management of and research on the wild reindeer of the Hardangervidda plateau.
5. The “red-light” section- which presents the visitor with the various challenges and threats facing the wild reindeer today.
6. The Final section- where the visitor is encouraged to reflect on the various topics raised in the previous sections.
In addition to the exhibition, the Hardangervidda National Park Centre offers an intranet library with a large body of work on the Hardangervidda National Park. Furthermore, the Centre has a nature laboratory which is open to students and schools.
The Hardangervidda National Park Center movie theater:
- Hardangervidda National Park- a 20 minute film about the national park by director Arvid Aga. In both English and German versions.
- “According to Nature”- a portrait about nature-enthusiast, hunter and war hero, colonel Jens-Anton Poulsson. This 35 minute long film is produced by Nylandfilm, and is available in both English and German versions.
- “Mountain People”- is a documentary about life, both past and present, in the mountain villages on the edges of the Hardanger plateau. This 20-minute film is produced by Randi Storaas and is available in both English and German versions.
- “The boy and the mountains”- is a movie which draws on the tradition of folklore to tell its story about a boy and his first encounter with the mountains.
- “Cyclosporin”- is a documentary about the fungus Tolypocladium inflatum, which grows on the Hardanger plateau, and how it is used in organ transplantation.
- “Storm and Summit”- is an animated film about the Artic Fox.