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Soon after it was founded, DNT sought to offer trekking on the Hardanger plateau, Northern Europe's highest. Krokan at Rjukanfossen was DNT's first cabin, and in 1878, Krækkja to the north on the plateau was opened.
As now, hikers then were drawn by the expanses of the plateau, the fishing, the wildlife and the mountain flora. Between Haukelifjell to the south, Sørfjorden to the west, the Bergens railway line to the north and Numedal and Rjukan to the east, there are today some 100 bird species and 21 animal species. Not least, Northern Europe's largest wild reindeer herds impress anyone who sees the waves of wild reindeer flocking over the Hardanger Plateau.
Even though the furrowed face of the plateau dominates, there are extremes of mountain topography. The western part of the plateau is hilly, with many fascinating valleys, and in the northwest lies one of the country's largest glaciers, Hardangerjøkulen.
Hårteigen peak in the centre of the plateau is the signpost. With its 1690 metre summit elevation and characteristic hat shape, it can be seen from almost everywhere on the plateau, even though Sandfloegga to the south is a few metres higher.
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