Dovrefjell Area Mountains Guide

Dovrefjell Area Mountains Guide

"Agreed and faithful till Dovre falls"

Introduction

With these words the delegates at Eidsvoll in 1814 finished the work with the Norwegian constitution. It is not strange that they chose Dovrefjell to symbolize the new independent and democratic Norway. The vastness of the plains and majestic mountains of Dovrefjell gives one the impression of something that will last for ever - longer than man will have the possibility of see it. Thus will Dovre always stand for Norwegians as the bare symbol of Norway: rugged, mountainous - and independent.

The Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park, 7 protected landscape areas and 2 protected biotope areas which have a total size of 4365 km2. The total area spreads across 8 municipalities and 4 different counties, situated in the Northern part of Central Norway. There is a common management plan for the protected areas. Dovre National Park is a mountainous region characterized by a low
snowfall and areas of wilderness, where the last Ice Age shaped the mountains into gently rounded peaks that reach heights of 1,700 meters above sea level.

Terrain

Most people think of Dovrefjell as just great plains. Although this is true for the part of the area where the E6 Oslo - Trondheim road crosses the mountains, it is certainly not true further west. About 20 km west of the road does the walls of giant Snøhetta ("The Snow-Hood") rise. It was long thought that Snøhetta was Norway's highest mountain, but one knows today that it is only the highest outside Jotunheimen. Further west from Snøhetta, the terrain gets wilder. Deep valleys cut in from the west, making the high peaks look ever higher. The change from plains to steep mountains summarizes the change from Eastern Norway to Western Norway in just a few miles.
Snøhetta, seen from the E6.
Snøhetta, seen from the E6.

Wildlife

Wildlife on Dovrefjell is very alike other parts of Norwegian Mountains. There are reindeer, elk in the forests, and rabbit and fox as well as a assorted number of rodents and birds.

What is very special about the wildlife on Dovrefjell are the herds of Moscus that are imported from Greenland. Moscus does not exist anywhere else in Europe. If you are lucky, you can spot the rugged hairy animals grazing on the plains of Dovrefjell. Although they do look friendly, you should stay at a safe distance, as they may attack if they feel threatened.

Legal status

Dovrefjell was early proposed as a national park, but the plans were changed by the start of mining at Hjerkinn. The mining soon showed to be in vain, but the area was taken over by the Norwegian Army, who needed a place for test-firing. The firing range was opened in the 50's. At the same time the old hut Reinheim was taken over by the Army and renamed Snøheim. DNT built a new Reinheim a few miles away. Later the national park plans became a reality, but only a small area around Snøhetta, and north of the firing-range was included in the national park.

This is still the situation today, but the firing-range will possibly be moved elsewhere. This gives hope for silence from gunfire on the plains of Dovre. In addition there was a proportion in 1993 to incorporate mountain areas further west into the national park. The discussion on how this is do be done is still going on.

Dovrefjell - Routes

Getting there

With public transport the easiest access-points to Dovrefjell is probably by train on the Oslo-Trondheim railway. Get off the train at Hjerkinn or Kongsvold. Only a few trains a day stop there, so check out. It is also possible to go by bus from Dombås to Lesjaskog, or from Oppdal to Lønset or Råen. These bus-services run at least a couple of times each day. Oppdal and Dombås is served by the Oslo-Trondheim railway.

By car you have many options. Many people choose to park at Kongsvold or Grønbakken and return to the car by public transport. Another options is to drive from Sunndalsøra up to Aursjøhytta, where the access to the western parts of Dovrefjell is good.
Routes in Dovrefjell

Routes

Hiking

As a hiker you sure have many opportunities on Dovrefjell. Most see a trip to the summit of Snøhetta as an obligatory part of a visit here. The eastern summit is the highest, and is also closer to Reinheim than its western brother. On the other hand. The trip to the western summit, which is less than 100 meters lower than the main summit is more exciting. And the summit itself is certainly a sharp peak, as opposed to the main top which is often characterized as a "lump of rock".

But there is more to see. The best trips to be done in Dovrefjell are perhaps trips from east to west. In a few days, one will see the stunning difference between the plains of Dovre and the valleys of western - Norway.

Skiing

The skier will also find a lot to do in Dovrefjell. All that can be done on foot can also be done on ski. There are marked routes in the winter in March between the main lodges of Dovrefjell.

Climbing

Dovrefjell is also worth a visit for mountain climbers. The peak Larstind, just west of Snøhetta is the only peak in the area that cannot be reached without climbing, but there are other possible trips. The traverse from east to west on Snøhetta is an example. Due to loose rock, this trip is best done in the winter.

Suggestion

The hike from Kongsvold to Reinheim and further to Åmotdalshytta should be feasible for anyone. The hike up to Snøhetta can be a bit more strenuous, but it's worth it!

Guided musk ox safaris

Guided musk ox safaris arranged on Dovrefjell daily during the summer. Group tours all year by arrangement. Tours last about 5 hours or other durations by arrangement. There are more than 700 kilometers of prepared trails for cross-country skiing in Jotunheimen, Rondane and Dovrefjell. There`s a great deal going on in Lesja and Dovre.
Moskus Safari Dovrefjell
tel: 92 60 19 37, 99 70 37 66
www.moskus-safari.no
Mountain Adventures
tel: 98 68 37 55
www.mountainadventures.no

Tourist Information Center:

The national parks region "Nasjonalparkriket" is centrally located between the cities of Trondheim, Oslo and Bergen. Includes Jotunhemen National Park, Rondane - Norway's oldest national park, and Dovrefjell National Park.
To Nasjonalparkriket from:

  • Ålesund – Bjorli: 170 km
  • Åndalsnes – Bjorli: 50 km
  • Molde – Bjorli : 107 km
  • Trondheim – Dombås: 199 km
  • Oppdal – Dombås: 80 km
  • Røros – Dombås: 177 km
  • Oslo – Dombås : 364 km
  • Lillehammer – Dombås: 170 km

Distances within Nasjonalparkriket:

  • Bjorli – Lesja: 41 km
  • Bjorli – Dombås: 57 km
  • Otta – Dombås: 46 km
  • Lesja – Dombås: 15 km
  • Lom – Vågå : 31 km
  • Skjåk – Lom: 18 km
  • Vågå – Otta: 31 km
  • Vågå – Bjorli (Slådalsvegen): 90 km

Bjorli Lesja Reiseliv AS and the tourist office in Dombås

Experience Nasjonal park: Jotunheimen, Rondane and Dovrefjell. Bjorli Lesja Reiseliv AS and the tourist office in Dombås welcome you to Dovrefjell Reinheimen – one part of Nasjonalparkriket. Offer you help to find the right hiking-paths, to organize a place for your stay or maybe change your plane ticket? You can buy maps, postcards, stamps, fishing- and hunting permits. At both Tourist Offices you can rent the key for DNT - cabins. There you will also find the National park Center for the Nationalparks Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella, Dovre and Rondane.

The official Nasjonalparkriket website: www.nasjonalparkriket.no
Tourism organizations in the Nasjonalparkriket:

  • Bjorli Lesja Reiseliv AS
  • Dovre Næringsforening
  • Jotunheimen Reiseliv AS
  • Otta Turistkontor

Bjorli-Lesja Reiseliv AS
N – 2669 Bjorli
Tlf; 61 24 56 45
Fax; 61 24 56 40
Email: info@bjorli.no
www.bjorli.no

Dombås Turistkontor
Frichgården
N – 2660 Dombås
Tlf; 61 24 14 44
Fax; 61 24 11 90
Email: info@dovrenett.no
www.dovrenett.no

Jotunheimen Tourist Office
Jotunheimen Reiseliv AS
Besøksadresse Norsk Fjellmuseum
Postboks 63
2688 Lom
Telefon: +47 61 21 29 90
Telefaks: +47 61 21 29 95
Epost: info@visitjotunheimen.com
http://www.visitjotunheimen.com/
Jotunheimen National park:
NO-2686 Lom
http://www.visitlom.com/

Folldal Tourist Information (Folldal Turistinformasjon) in Folldal
2580 Folldal
Phone:62 49 03 88
Fax: 62 49 31 60
E-mail: folldal.turistinformasjon@fjellnett.no
http://folldalsweb.no/turistinfo

Ringebu Tourist Information
Ringebu Skysstasjon
Postal code: 2630 Ringebu
Tel: 61 28 47 00
Fax: 61 28 47 01
Email: skysstasjon@ringebu.kommune.no
Web: www.ringebu.com

Rondane Tourist Information/ Otta Turistkontor / Rondane National park
Sel Rondane Reiselivslag
Otta Skysstasjon
Ola Dahls g 1,
2670 Otta
Phone: 61 23 66 50
E-mail: post@visitrondane.com
http://www.visitrondane.com/

The foundation iNasjonalparker / National Park Center:
The foundation iNasjonalparker is responsible for providing information about the national parks and other nature conservation areas in the mountain regions Rondane, Dovrefjell and Sunndalsfjella. Distribute information about cultural and historic sites and about local traditions in exploiting the natural resources in the area. A network organisation of local authorities, mountain councils, county-municipalities, property associations, the Norwegian Mountain Touring Association and Statskog. The foundation is publicly authorized as a national park center.
Address:
Dombås nasjonalparksenter,
pb. 172 , N-2659 Dombås, Norway
Tel: +47 61 42 13 34 / +47 99 25 49 64
E-mail: mli@nasjonalparker.org or post@nasjonalparker.org
http://www.nasjonalparker.org/
Dovrefjell winter camping



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