Norwegian Mountain Areas
This map shows the most important mountain areas in Norway. An explanation about the divison into different areas is available (See Below).
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Footnote About This Map
Dividing Norway into a number of distinct mountain-areas is certainly not easy, but needed in a guide like this. Some areas have different names, and where the "borders" of one area are, depends very much on who you ask. On the map I have defined many of the areas a bit bigger than most people would do, in order to include "undefined" mountain areas. Below are the most common definitions of each mountain area, along with the definitions we have used.
Svalbard is the archipelago of islands about midway between Northcape and the North Pole. In additions, the islands of Bjørnøya (Bear Island), and Jan Mayen are administered as Svalbard, and regarded as Svalbard here.
The definition of Finnmark here is equal to the legal definition of Finnmark county
as with Finnmark, except for Vesterålen, which is included in the Lofoten part.
The usual definition of Lofoten is the southerns of the row of islands stretching out into the Norwegian Sea from mainland Norway. The northern part, Vesterålen, is included in the Lofoten section of this guide.
In a normal sense, Helgeland is the area of Nordland county south of the Rana fjord. This will include the coastal mountains of Helgeland, and the mountains of Okstindan. The mountains of Børgefjell, although partly in Helgeland, will later be included in a separate section.
Sylene itself is a range of just a few peaks on the border between Norway and Sweden. But the areas around them is included in the definition, which then becomes the area south of the Storlien road, east of Selbu, Haltdalen and Tydalen, and relevant areas in Sweden.
The normal definition of Rondane is the area south of Folldal, east of Fokstua and Gudbrandsdal, north of Venabygdsfjellet and west of Atndalen. My definition includes the area east of Atndalen and west of Alvdal, normally called Alvdal Vestfjell.
Trollheimen is normally regarded as the area north of Sunndalen, west of the E6, south of Rindal and east of the fjords. My definition complies with this.
As Dovrefjell I regard the area south of Sunndalen, west of E6, north of Gudbrandsdalen, and west of the Aursjøen road. This is also the normal definition.
Reinheimen is a relatively new invented word, gathering the areas previously called Tafjordfjella, Romsdalsfjella and Jetta. The definition is the area southwest of Gudbrandsdalen and Rauma, north of Ottadalen and east of the fjords.
Sunnmørsalpene are the mountains on the peninsulas on each side of Hjørundfjorden, and also the area between these peninsulas and Nordfjord on the south side.
Normally the area regarded as Breheimen is only the area between the Jostedalsbreen and Jotunheimen. I have chosen to include Jostedalsbreen itself, and Gaularfjell on its southwestern side. This means that Breheimen in my sense is the area between the Sognefjell road, the Strynefjell road, the Førde - Stryn road and the Sognefjord.
Jotunheimen is normally regarded as the area between the Sognefjell road, the Valdresflya road, the Fillefjell road and the Sognefjord. In my definition I have also included the area east of the Valdresflya and west of Gausdal, called Gausdal Vestfjell.
Skarvheimen is also a newly invented word for the area between Fillefjell and Hallingskarvet. In my sense it includes all the area between Fillefjell, Hallingskarvet, the fjord in the west and the valleys in the east. This means that the mountains around Aurland is also included in this area.
Normally Stølsheimen is regarded as the mountains west of Vikafjell and north of Voss only. I have also included the mountains between Voss and the Hardangerfjord, and between Vikafjell and the Aurland fjord. This means that Vossefjellene, Bergsdalen, Raundalen and Undredalshalvøya are also included.
Hardangervidda is the area between Hallingskarvet in the north, the fjords in the west, the valleys in the east, and the Haukelifjell road in the south.
My area Heiene, includes the areas normally called Frafjordheiene, Ryfylkeheiene, Setesdalsheiene and Austheiene. It is defined by Haukelifjell in the north, the fjords in the west, and the valleys in the east and south.
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