Reinheimen Area Mountains Guide

Reinheimen Area Mountains Guide

Introduction

"Reinheimen" is a newly invented word. The purpose is to get a common name of this large mountain area, previously known as Tafjordfjella, Romsdalsfjella and Jettaområdet. The area spans from the balanced mountains and valleys of East-Norway, to deep valleys and wild peaks in the area between Romsdalen and Tafjord.

Terrain

The area Reinheimen is defined as the area southwest of Gudbrandsdalen and Romsdalen, north of Ottadalen and east of the fjords. This area has a great variation of terrain. In the east, the mountains are low and round, very much like a lower brother of Rondane, which is further east. These round mountains continue further northwest, but gets more peaky as they meet the steep valleys coming in from the west. In this area are the highest mountains of the area; Karitind (1982) and Pyttegga (1999). Both rise as towers from the eastern terrain of valleys and round mountains. It is said about Pyttegga that mountain climber Kristoffer Randers built a large varde (lumb of rock) on its summit and then came back claiming that Møre og Romsdal county had gotten its first 2000-meter peak!

The terrain west of Pyttegga is dominated by deep valleys with sharp ridges in between. The valleys of Reindalen, Kaldhusdalen and Herdalen are beautiful forested valleys between the gigantic mountains. The lodges in these valleys present nice start points for long summit-trips in the area as well as shorter walks within the valleys.
Karitind in the horizon
Karitind in the horizon
To the north from Pyttegga the terrains gets even wilder. At its northern part, the extremely wild peaks of Trolltindene reach heights of 1700 meters. From their summits, the enormous vertical wall of Trollveggen falls directly down to the valley of Romsdalen at 200 meters. Trollveggen (the Troll Wall) is the highest vertical rock face in Northern Europa and has challenged climbers for decades. In the eighties, base jumping with parachute was banned at this site after a number of accidents with very expensive rescue operations. But Trollveggen still is a very attractive site for climbers and tourists.

Wildlife

The name "Reinheimen" obviously gives a hint about the presence of reindeer in the area. Otherwise you will find rabbit, red fox, arctic fox, lynx and various smaller animals (mouses, weasels, lemmings) as well as different kinds of birds (including everything from small sparrows via seagulls and ravens to eagles).

Legal status

The name Reinheimen came with the proposal of the area as a national park. The national park will probably contain the central areas southeast of Pyttegga and Karitind. The area west of this is touched by the hydro power project in Tafjord, visible by the dam of Sakrisvatnet by the path from Reindalsseter to Tafjord. The valley of Reindalen will probably become a landscape-protected area adjoining the new national park. Reinheimen became one of the biggest national parks in Norway.

Reinheimen - Routes

Getting there

With public transport, you can get to Billingen, Nysæter and Grotli on the Strynefjellet road with bus from Oslo and Otta. Some trains at the Åndalsnes railway stop at Bjorli, from here to Brøste a taxi might be a possibility.

The options are pretty much the same with car, except you can drive up to Brøste and park there. It also possible to park by Sakrisvatnet, not far from Reindalseter, by Kaldhusseter and by Herdalsseter.
Routes in northwestern Reinheimen

Routes

Near the last tributaries of the Western Fjords and the remote towns of the interior lies the pristine landscape of Jotunheimen National Park (“home of the giants), the most visited in Norway. In 2006, Reinheimen National Park (“home of the reindeer”) was established north of Jotunheimen. These enormous parks flank the village of Lom, with Breheimen, a glacier area that attained park status in 2007, to the west. Today, it is Scandinavia’s top hiking destination.

Hiking

Hiking between lodges in Reinheimen is limited to the westernmost part. But the round mountains of the eastern part should present easy terrain for bringing your own camping-equipment and food. Good starting points for a tour between lodges in Reinheimen are Billingen, Tafjord and Brøste in Romsdalen. The terrain here is relatively steep, but the lodges are not so far apart, so the day trips are possible for everyone. Most of the summits in the area are accessible on foot, but with such high altitude-difference from lodge to summit, the days can be long. Nevertheless, the summits are great day trips from one of the lodges in the area.

Day trips from a nearby road is also possible. The best of these is perhaps the hike from the Trollstigen road to the top of the Trollveggen (the Troll Wall). This trip should take a few hours each way, and give a marvelous view over Romsdalen, and down the infamous wall. This is not for the nervous! Another option is to drive to the mountain farm of Herdalsseter, and take a trip in the vincitity. Herdalsseter still has production of milk and cheese, and you can see how the old mountain farms in Norway were run.

Skiing

Due to high risks of avalanche, skiing is more limited in Reinheimen. The eastern areas are ok, but here you'll have to bring your own camping-equipment. Skiing in the western areas is only for the experienced, but if you are so, you will possibly find it great.

There are skilifts at Bjorli in Romsdalen, and summer ski lifts at Strynefjell.

Climbing

Needless to say, the Romsdalen area is fantastic for climbers. The most famous is of course, the Trollveggen wall, which has 1000 meters of climbing. There are also a number of summits in Romsdalen with a number of classical routes. Cragareas are also available in Romsdalen. Aak Fjellsportsenter in Åndalsnes can give you information about guides, guidebooks and lodging.

More About Reinheimen and Reinheimen National Park Tourist Information

Reinheimen is one of the largest and newest huge triangular area national parks in Norway established in 2006 with an area of nearly 2000 square kilometers. The total area becomes appr. 2600 km2. It extends from the sharp peaks and narrow valleys of the West to gentler plains in the east.

  • Tafjord (Tafjordfjella) in the west
  • Gudbrandsdalen in the east (Gudbrandsdalen consist of a main valley (230 kilometres) and the smaller valleys of Gausdal, Espedalen, Vinstradalen, Heidal and Ottadalen)
  • The south of this wild remote area is the massive Ottadalen valley and Finndalen valley is north of Ottadalen
  • The north is the deep Romsdalen valley
  • Romsdalen and Gudbrandsdalen in Northeast
  • Valldal and Tafjord in West/Northwest.
  • A large part of the national park lies in Sunnmøre. Sunnmøre ("South-Møre" in Norwegian) is the southernmost traditional district of the western Norwegian county (fylke) of Møre og Romsdal. Its main city is Ålesund. The region comprises the municipalities (kommunar) of Giske, Hareid, Herøy, Norddal, Sande, Skodje, Haram, Stordal, Stranda, Sula, Sykkylven, Ulstein, Vanylven, Volda, Ørskog, Ørsta, and Ålesund.
  • The Geiranger fjord (Geirangerfjorden) in the Sunnmøre region, located in the southernmost part of the county Møre og Romsdal in Norway. It is a 15 km long branch of the Storfjord (Great Fjord). At the head in the fjord lies the small village of Geiranger.

Besides the national park itself, the protected area includes six neighboring areas of protected landscapes and a nature reserve. Nasjonalparkriket includes the municipalities Skjåk, Lom, Vågå, Sel, Dovre and Lesja. At few other places in the world you find so many national parks close together as here. Rondane national park is Norway`soldest, Jotunheimen is the most visited. Together with the national parks Sunndalsfjella, Dovreand Reinheimen, they present the most outstanding mountain landscapes.The National Park route takes you through impressive nature. Along the route you will find top attractions you should not miss as our guest. From the stop points on the route you can undertake short circuit hikes on marked nature and cultural paths. Or you can do longer hikes to more distant goals.

It is an area of two halves. The mountainous, alpine and convoluted western half, called Tafjordfjellene, with many steep mountains and a network of marked walking paths mountain cabins. The other half is the more undulating high open moorland plateau, or Vidda, and originally referred to as Reinheimen, which has a few valleys, notably Lordalen, penetrating into its emptiness. Natural starting points for visiting Reinheimen are Grotli, Billingen, Bjorli, Verma, Trollstigen, Valldal og Tafjord. Jotunheimen, Vågå, Lom and Skjåk are unique areas with undisturbed landscape, fresh air, exciting and challenging mountains, rambling, good traditional food and genuine village life, with flourishing farming and tourism.

Destinasjon Geirangerfjord is a new tourist travel association which covers the whole of the attractive area from Geiranger fjord to Trollstigen. The area is located in the northern part of the Norwegian fjord region, at the inner end of the Storfjord, beyond the division where the Sunnylvsfjord branches into the world-famous Geiranger fjord, and the Norddalsfjord extends to the Tafjord. This fjord landscape, with the Geirangerfjord as its centerpiece has been described as both unique and exceptionally beautiful. This has been confirmed by UNESCO by its inclusion on the World Heritage List.

Finndalen is a beautiful valley north of Ottadalen, with a scenic nature and cultural landscape. The national park is rich in plant and animal life, and the Ottadalen in the north is the habitat of a herd of wild reindeer. This area also has many exciting cultural monuments associated with ancient hunting traditions. Since 2006, when Reinheimen National Park was established, the landscape in Finndalen (34,48 sqkms) is protected as a nature reserve. In the valley there are four clusters of mountain farms (Odden, Breistulen, Sterringen and Vangen) which are still in use with grazing cattle in summer.

The Romsdalen valley is long and narrow with majestic towering mountains on either side. Along the valley floor in a wild and beautiful setting runs the foaming salmon river, Rauma. You will find the fjord called Romsdal, encircled by the Alps of the valley Romsdalen with the tourist magnets "Trollstigen" and "Trollveggen". At Verma the Rauma runs through a 30-40 metre deep gorge, forming Slettafossen waterfall. The waterfall is secured by fences on either side and can be crossed by a bridge. At 1,000 meters, Trollveggen is Europe's tallest vertical, overhanging rock face. Scandinavian rock climbing started in the Romsdal Alps, which boast some of the world's most difficult climbs. On the opposite side of the valley, the Romsdals horn peak towers to a height of 1,555 metres. On the E 136 road, directly below Trollveggen there is a picnic area with a tourist information office, WC, kiosk, children play area and a marvelous view of the mountains.

Tourist Offices / Tourist Information Centers:

Are you phoning from another country, the country code (+47) is needed before the company’s telephone number.

Trollveggen wall and The Romsdalen valley Tourist Office

Horheimseidet
NO-6300 Åndalsnes
Phone: 71 22 16 22 71 22 16 22
Fax: 71 22 16 82 71 22 16 82
E-mail: info@visitandalsnes.com
Website: http://www.visitandalsnes.com
Climbing in Romsdal: http://www.romsdala.com/englishstart.html

Tafjordfjella (Tafjord) tourist information office in Valldal

Departmental office, Valldal
Pb. 173, NO-6210 Valldal
Open all the year round
Tel.: +47 70 25 77 67. Fax: +47 70 25 70 44
E-mail: valldal@dgt.no
Tafjordfjella trail - well known Geiranger fjord (Sunnmørs- og Tafjordsfjella): http://www.turistforeningen.no/english/location.php?lo_id=NO_sunnm&fo_id...
Tafjord Camping: http://www.tafjord-hamn.no/enaktiv.htm
Tafjord Bats Safari and More About Tafjord: http://www.tafjord.net/enstart.htm

Geiranger Tourist Office

Destinasjon Geirangerfjord Trollstigen
Gamle fergekai
N-6216 Geiranger, Norway
Tel.: +47 70 26 38 00
Fax: +47 70 26 31 41
info@visitgeirangerfjorden.com
http://www.dgt.no/FrontPageLayout.aspx?pageid=757
Geiranger Fjordsenter
Tel.: +47 70 26 38 10
Fax: +47 70 26 31 41
E-mail: booking@fjordsenter.info
www.fjordsenter.info

Trips on the fjord

New, fast, modern boats with space for 12 passengers offer fishing trips, sightseeing tours and other transport on request. Info: Vidar Hareide,
tel. +47 9719 2488 /+47 7025 9242.
Email: vidarhareide@hotmail.com
www.fjordturar.no

Sightseeing on Geirangerfjord with high-speed RIBs

Experience the fjord in a new way. Daily tours, 1 hour’s round trip on the fjord. Tickets are available in the owner’s ticket kiosk in the boat harbour in the centre of Geiranger, or at the Geiranger Fjord service ticket office at the tourist information office.
Price: NOK 395.- per person.
The boats can also be hired on request.
Season: 11 May -15 Aug
Contact:
FjordGuilding
telephone / bookings: +47 4780 2010
www.fjordguiding.com

Stranda Tourist Office

Kaihuset, NO-6200 Stranda
Tel.: +47 70 26 04 00
E-mail: stranda@dgt.no

Gudbrandsdalen Tourist Office In Lillehammer

Gudbrandsdalen Tour Operator: http://www.fjord1.no/en/

Jotunheimen and Reinheimen Tourist Office Including Vågå, Lom, Skjåk, Heidal and Finndalen

Jotunheimen Tourist Office

Jotunheimen Reiseliv AS
Lom Turistkontor i Norsk Fjellmuseum
Postboks 63,
N-2688 Lom
Tel: (+47) 61 21 29 90,
Fax: (+47) 61 21 29 95
info@visitjotunheimen.com
www.visitjotunheimen.com

Lom Tourist Office

Lom Turistkontor in Norsk Fjellmuseum
Tel: (+47) 61 21 29 90
Fax: (+47) 61 21 29 95
info@visitjotunheimen.com
www.visitjotunheimen.com
Open:
02. May – 14. June/16. Aug. – 30. Sept: Monday - Friday -- 09.00 – 16.00, Saturday - Sunday -- 11.00 – 17.00
15. June – 15. Aug.: Monday - Friday -- 09.00 – 19.00, Saturday - Sunday -- 10.00 – 19.00
Off season: Monday - Friday .. 10.00 – 15.00

Vågå Tourist Office

Vågå Turistinformasjon
in Vågå sentrum
Tel: (+47) 90 77 61 63
Email: vaga@visitjotunheimen.com
www.visitjotunheimen.com
Open:
15. June – 30. June: Monday – Friday -- 0.00 – 16.00,
1. July – 10. August: Monday – Friday -- 10.00 – 17.00, Saturday – Sunday -- 10.00 – 16.00

Skjåk Tourist Office

Skjåk Turistinformasjon
In Bøstugu/Galleri Mathilde, Bismo
Tel: (+47) 95 82 40 80
skjak@visitjotunheimen.com
www.visitjotunheimen.com
Open in July
Monday – Friday.....10.00 – 17.00
Saturdays ....10.00 – 14.00

Heidal Tourist Office in Heidal Håndverkstun:

http://www.heidal.no/

Official Tourist Board Of The Fjord Norway:

http://www.fjordnorway.com/

The national parks region "Nasjonalparkriket"

Billingen - Reinheimen



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