Meråker - in a natural way

Meråker - in a natural way

Meråker is rich in nature with its 1.300 square kilometers of mountains, mountain plains, forests and lakes. Here there is horse riding, dog team trekking, salmon and trout fishing, ski-trails and an alpine ski centre, an abundant animal life and many pleasant people who wish you welcome to a memorable experience.

The outdoor life is unsurpassed!

Meråker has an abundance of nature. It has almost 1300 km² of mountains, plains, forests and lakes. You will find horse riding, a variety of sports, salmon fishing, ski trails, extraordinarily beautiful countryside, a rich fauna and hundreds of good lakes for fishing. The district has mining and smelting traditions that go back hundreds of years. Iron ore extraction was actually taking place in Meråker as early as 350 BC, and traces of two thousand year old settlements have been found.

The name Meråker comes from the Norwegian words merr (meaning mare) and åker (meaning grazing land). In other words, it means 'grazing land for mares', which suits it well because Meråker is also an agricultural district. However, first and foremost, you can experience the magnificent countryside, on foot, on the water or on horseback. There are plenty of possibilities.

Naturally!

There are certainly tourist districts with a trendier nightlife than Meråker. However, in Meråker we offer the real thing. Fantastic countryside and exciting outdoor adventures. The Meråker bear will probably keep its distance, but lynx are always on the move and there is a good chance that you will see elk, deer and roe deer. With a bit of luck you may even meet one of the Southern Samis' reindeer herds in the mountain wildernesses.

Meråker also offers arts and crafts - where old traditions are expressed in modern ways. Pop into "Strikken" and see for yourself: perhaps a dress designed by Ellinor Flor, or a jacket with ostrich leather trimmings may interest you? Or what about a genuine "Meråkerkopp"? The cups have grouse heads carved into the handles and are superb for touring.
Meraker tourist map

Experience a winter adventure: the mountain district of Meråker - alpine slopes and cross-country ski trails

Meråker Alpine Centre
12 ski trails of varying degrees of difficulty, from the most demanding to easy hills for young children and beginners. Please refer to the separate ski trail map. The longest ski trail has a descent of 3000 metres, with a height difference from the top to the valley station of 570 metres. In 1998, the Alpine Centre was selected as one of the world's ten best off-piste resorts by the Swedish skiing magazine Åka Skidor.

Snowboarding and freestyle jumping
The Alpine Centre has well-prepared facilities for snowboarding and freestyle, its own ski school - for both alpine styles and snowboarding - and equipment rental.
winter fun in Meråker - in a natural way
Off-piste and Telemark
The terrain surrounding the alpine resort provides good opportunities for off-piste and Telemark skiing in loose snow. The Alpine Centre is also used for tobogganing, paragliding and hang gliding.

At the top of Kirkebyfjellet
Enjoy magnificent views of valleys and mountains from both Kirkebyfjellet and Fagerlia. The alpine resort adjoins a cross-country network of ski trails; take the ski lift to the top and set out on a ski tour of the high mountains! Furthermore, there is a cross-country ski trail from the Alpine Centre's car park to the Grova ski resort, which means that families can combine alpine skiing with cross-country touring. There are also lit ski trails.

Meråker Resource and Training Centre
A facility for both active athletes and fitness enthusiasts. The Grova ski resort has well prepared ski trails for cross-country and biathlon - as well as lit ski trails. There are multi-use facilities and basic gyms suitable for a wide variety of sports disciplines at both Meråkerhallen and Meråker Sixth Form College (which has a skiing department). There is a cross-country trail used for both cross-country skiing and biathlon.

Cross-country ski trails in all directions
Miles of rough ski trails run from the top of Kirkebyfjellet and the ski lift - to Grova, and all the way to Feren. Fersdalen is a fine starting point for touring, as are Kopperå (in the Fjergen region), Stordalen, Teveldalen and Mannsæterbakken (Fonnfjellet). Please refer to the separate map of the network of ski trails.

Cabin to cabin
Meråker's network of ski trails links up with marked routes to many places, including Sylene, one of Norway's most magnificent mountainous regions. From the Bjørneggen tourist cabin in Stordalen it is possible to link up with Trondheim Travel Association's ski trail network, with its popular overnight stops such as Storerikvollen, Schultzhytta, and others. Marked ski trails also run to cabins by Essandsjøen, a well-stocked lake and popular fishing destination, and to Sulåmo and Verdalen.

Ice fishing
Fishing in Meråker: There are over 300 tarns and lakes in Meråker. Many of them provide good opportunities for trout and char fishing - especially the three largest of them: Feren, Funnsjøen and Fjergen.

Bring your ice-drill, fishing tackle and warm clothes. Try your luck on a sunny late winter's day. If the fish aren't biting, at least the Easter sun will be - there is no finer way to relax. To fish in Meråker, you need the "Meråkerkort" licence. This allows you to fish with a rod, hand line and otter board (with several baited hooks). For net fishing or salmon fishing, you need an additional license. To buy a fishing license, contact the tourist information office.

Dog-sleigh excursions
Bjørklia Husky Adventure arranges husky-drawn sleigh tours, including hour-long excursions, day excursions or long excursions with overnight stopovers in cabins. Meråker Huskyteam can draw on experienced dog-sleigh drivers and up to 30 good-natured, vigorous huskies. Excursions take you to the Meråker mountains and Sylene, and routes are planned according to the excursion group's own wishes.

Trail riding with Icelandic horses
The Meråkerfjell Ridesenter and Meråker Islandshestsenter invite you to come trail riding. In the summer we explore the mountains with overnight stops in "lavvos" (traditional Sami tents) and cabins. However, horse enthusiasts can also enjoy their passion during the winter. Based in Teveltunet, Meråkerfjell Ridesenter has special offers for children and riding by the hour, as well as sleigh tours for seminar and conference groups. Meråker Islandshestsenter is located at Fosengården in the centre of Meråker centre, though most of their winter activities take place in Storlien just across the Swedish border. Sleigh tours and trail riding are popular breaks for ski tourists and conference participants.

Summer in the mountains: Experience the diversity

The groom is ready
Meråkerfjell Ridesenter in Teveldalen and Meråker Islandshestsenter in the centre of the district offer various activities for horse and riding enthusiasts. Many people come back year after year to experience the magnificent countryside on horseback.

Bring forth the canoe
Meråker’s many tarns and lakes invite you to take a peaceful excursion by canoe or kayak. In this way you can reach untouched wilderness and easily get close to unsuspecting animals and birds. Canoes and kayaks can be hired in the district.

The big salmon are waiting
The most patient fishermen can catch large salmon in the Stjørdalselva river. The salmon swim right up to the Nustadfossen waterfall in the centre of Meråker and there are many good fishing spots along the river. Enthusiasts have made several good fishing spots easily accessible.

They'll soon bite
There are over 300 tarns, lakes and rivers in Meråker. Many of them provide good opportunities for trout and char fishing. Some are just a few steps from your car door - others require a bit more of a walk. To fish in Meråker, you need the "Meråkerkort" license.

Come hunting
Grouse, wood grouse and hare hunting all have long traditions in Meråker. The varied terrain with mountains, valleys, wide plains and forest make it an Eldorado for the small game hunter. Big game also attracts many people to the district.

Experience the past
At the district museum, Meråker Bygdamuseum, at Pulden, more than one hundred-year-old traditions and modes of living are preserved. The idyllic museum courtyard is suitable for various activities. A summer's day at Pulden can give you experiences and memories that will last you a lifetime.

See the beauty spots
Brudesløret ("The Bride's Veil") is said to be Sweden's highest waterfall in Norway. It lies on the Norwegian side of the border and can easily be experienced by following the nature trail from Teveltunet.

Industrial traditions live on
The industrial museum, Industrimuseet, at Kopperå bears witness to the more recent history of Meråker's long smelting tradition. Norway's earliest dated iron production took place here in the district and several places in the county have visible traces of more than 2000 year-old iron smelting.

You find Meråker by the border to Sweden, directly east of Trondheim - always in a natural way! Information, tel. 74 81 27 00. Stiftelsen Meråker-musea. The museum is open every Sunday from 14th June to 1st September, from 14.00 -18.00. Tel.: 74 81 27 00 / 74 81 21 73

Distances from the centre of Meråker in km:

  • Storlien/Sweden: 20
  • Trondheim Int. Airport: 45
  • Trondheim City: 75
  • Østersund:190
  • Oslo: 600

For further information, please contact the Tourist Office:
Meråker Utvikling
Tourist Office
N-7530 Meråker
TEL: + 47 74 81 27 00
FAX: + 47 74 81 00 86
EMAIL: post@merut.no
Open: 8:00 - 15:30 Monday to Friday
For info visit: http://www.meraker.com/
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