This charming mountain settlement is said to be Norway's largest alpine ski centre, but few know that this is also the place to experience magnificent scenery and other natural attractions in the summer. Few places have such beauty, majestic mountains, luscious valleys and rich flora and fauna. This is also a place you might meet a wild musk ox.

Beautiful Gjevilvassdalen valley - the gateway to Trollheimen

This fertile valley is best explored from the Gjevilvasshytta mountain lodge, the Trondhjems Tourist Association's venerable building from 1819. Nearby there is a 2 km-long sandy beach called Raudøra. This is a pearl as the water is so shallow that after a good spell of weather even this icy mountain lake is warm enough for a dip. The Fjellkåsa folk museum has 25 buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries.

A boat service goes from Gjevilvasshytta to Vassenden in the inner reaches of Lake Gjevilvatnet. One suggestion is to take the boat there and walk back along the lake. For those who want to climb, Okla 1580 m is one of many mountains here. There is soon to be a boat service across the lake. The plants in this region are also impressive and on a well-marked tourist path there is even a botanical garden for mountain plants.

When you drive from Lake Gjevilvatnet to Oppdal, it is worth stopping at the Vognill general store, Vognildsbua. Vognildsbua - probably looks the way a shop did in about 1890. This is one of the most-visited tourist attractions in Oppdal and dates back to 1860 and is now a museum, but was run as a business up to the mid-1980s. Vognildsbua was a natural starting point and a shop for tourists before they went up into the mountains. Here you can see the range of products as they used to be and even buy traditional articles such as sweets, drops and freshly ground coffee.

Important junction now and then Norway's largest burial site from ancient times is at Vang, just outside the centre of Oppdal. Excavations have revealed expensive swords and jewellery indicating a wealthy community.

Oppdal has always been an important junction between the north and south and the coast and the inland regions. A building called Raulåna was erected next to Vang church in 1675 in order to accommodate statesmen and clerics. But when traffic got too heavy, it is said that the priest did not always welcome even more travellers. 25 traditional buildings have been preserved in the Oppdal folk museum, "Fjellkåsa". These are from the 17th and 18th centuries and the museum is one of Oppdal's attractions in the centre with guided tours from 23.6. to 12.8.

Living handicraft traditions

One of the oldest and most established traditions in Oppdal is wood carving. The Bjørndalsæter brothers use almost exclusively mountain pine in their workshop. The three nationally renowned brothers work from time-honoured patterns and find inspiration from old furniture. If you want to see how the wonderful pieces are made, we recommend a visit to their workshop.

Dovrefjell National Park (Dovrefjell Nasjonalpark)

Dovrefjell National Park and the Trollheimen Protected Landscape cover 2/3 of Oppdal's total area. Norway's only herd of musk, numbering 100 animals, lives within the National Park boundaries. Musk safaris, starting out from Kongsvold Mountain Lodge, are arranged throughout the summer. This mountain lodge from 1720 is the best preserved of its kind in the country.

The lodge takes in overnight guests and serves local food specialities in the inn. In addition, the National Park has a small number of wolverine, arctic fox and the only surviving herd of wild euro-asiatic reindeer. This herd contains approx. 4000 animals. Occasionally the wolverine makes large inroads into the flocks of sheep which graze in outlying areas. Oppdal is the largest sheep-county in the country with almost 45.000 animals in rough grazing during the summer.

"Gateway to Trollheimen"

You can now also reach Trollheimen from the magnificent valley Storlidalen, which is in the most western part of the county - on the road towards the coast. Everything in Storlidalen is much the same as it was in the olden days. An all-year-round road was built through the valley in the middle of the 1950's. If your journey brings you here, we recommend a visit to Bortistu Guest House where, among other things, you can buy home-made, juniper-smoked cured leg of mutton, which is famous well beyond the limits of the village for its fantastic taste. Oppdal can also offer a 9-hole golf course, rafting, rock climbing and a splendid equestrian centre with riding hall, outdoor ring and bridle paths.

Accommodation in ski in/ski out apartments during SKI WEEK (Sunday - Sunday): Week 1 - 5

Looking for the best snow ond offpiste in Norway? Oppdal is ranked among the best places in Northern Europe, and January in Oppdal normally means powder. The offer includes 8 days of skiing and 7 days of accommodation in ski in/ski out apartments.

Stay on the sunny side of Oppdal - right in between the Dovrefjell National Park and the Trollheimen Mountain Plateau. Vangslia Fjelltun is situated right by the alpine slopes with a magnificent view - 30 high quality log apartments, each 48m2 for 4+2 persons, containing 2 bedrooms, bathroom, private sauna, fully equipped kitchen with oven, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, coffee brewer, utensils for 6 persons, living-/dining room with color tv and storage room for skis. Wireless internet access in all rooms.

Summer experience - activity program and information. Contact at:

Oppdal Tourist Office, P.O.Box F. N-7341 Oppdal
Telephone: +47 72 40 04 70, +47 72 40 08 00
Telefax: +47 72 40 04 80.
Email: post@oppdal.com and post@oppdalbooking.no
Contact www.oppdal.com for the weekly programme.
Oppdal Ski - Oppdal is ranked among the best places in Northern Europe

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