Skarvan and Roltdalen National Park
Skarvan and Roltdalen National Park is situated between Neadalføret and Stjørdalsføret and it contains within its boundaries mountain plateaus, wooded valleys and extensive marshy areas. It is an area that has remained untouched by major technological development, such as power transmission lines or roads. Roltdalen is the largest wooded valley in the Sør-Trøndelag region without any roads.
The park borders on the Stråsjøen-Prestøyan natural reserve and includes a large spruce forested area (the Roltdal is the largest roadless mountain valley in Sør-Trøndelag) as well as the Skarvan mountainous region which is typical of the Trøndelag region, both in cultural and natural history. The Skarvan mountains, which stretches from Ruten to Fongen is the most notable mountainous area in the region.
The conifer forest here is subject to national interest. With its forests, mountains, lakes and marked trails, the national park is a spectacular hiking area, on foot or by ski. Organised horse-riding tours are also available. The Trondheim Tourist Association started marking out trails in this area in the 1920s. The national park now contains a network of marked trails that connects Roltdalen with the Nord-Trøndelag Tourist Association’s network of trails, and also to the network in Sylan.
Along the river Rotla found traces of permanent settlement from before the Black Death. From the river and up the slopes are seats hamlet after hamlet seats and tell of great activity. But the main activity was the withdrawal of the grinding stones that took over a large area, from Bokhammeren in the south to Skarvene in the north, with the largest concentration in Høgfjellet. One can also see the remains of dwellings, iron winning facility, Sami settlements, catch pits, traces of copper operation and old routes.
This vast nature reserve covers almost 450 square kilometers / 174 square miles and is home to the Skarvan mountains and many scenic trails, particularly around the Sylan area, where you will even find some cozy mountain cabins. There are two tourist cabins in the national park, but only Schultzhytta is staffed. It is located in the center of the national park at the hamlet of Stormoen, where there are views out over the valley, with the Fongen massif in the background. Cabin rental from AS Meraker Brug, Selbu fjellstyre has open huts in Velskardet and Vindlia.
Roltdalen is very interesting with regards to Sami cultural monuments. The Sami of Tydal were originally divided into 3 groups, today they all belong to the Essand reindeer district. The most common cultural sites are old settlements and gathering areas for reindeer. Today the area is used as grazing grounds for reindeer from April until late fall.
Skarvan and Roltdalen National Park at:
- The National Park Information Centres : http://www.nasjonalparksenter.no/attachment.ap?id=7255
- Directorate for Nature Management: http://english.dirnat.no/content.ap?thisId=1008348
- Central Norway Tourism Promotional Website: http://midtnorsknatur.no/en/SkarvanRoltdalen.aspx
- More info in this area: Sylan, Sylane or Sylene Area Mountains Guide
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