Friday, 9 October 2015

Top Attractions of Hedmark

The name Hedmark originates from the old Norse word "Heiðmǫrk" – woodland of the heathens. Hedmark successfully combines nature experiences and cultural attractions that offer you a genuine insight into the exciting history of the region. 

Hedmark, Eastern Norway

NATURE 

Among picturesque landscapes of Folldal you can find Einunndalen, one of the longest valleys in Norway. The valley is crossed by a 55 km toll-road from which many hiking trails branch off, luring visitors into the depth of unspoiled nature. Do not worry – there are nice camps along the routes. If you like fishing, local lakes and streams are full of mountain trout. 

Einunndalen, Hedmark

Cascades at river Røa are the main natural attraction of Engerdal. Powerful water streams run down from high cliffs, making five waterfalls 3-18 meters high. These are Kvennfallet, Storfallet, Styggfallet, Kløftfallet and Gittostfallet. 

NATIONAL PARKS 

Gutulia National Park is famous for its primeval forest that comprises spruce and pine trees dating 300 to almost 500 years back in time. You will find there restored old mountain-farm buildings. 

Femundsmarka National Park is situated between Femund Lake and the Swedish border. You will enjoy walking in a pine forest and breathing salubrious air. Lakes are abundant of fish. Feel the absolute silence and calm while hiking in a mountain plateau or admiring a scenic peaceful lake. 

Femundsmarka National Park, Hedmark

Forollhogna National Park is home for wild reindeer. Here you can find the biggest animals of the species in Norway. The Pilgrims' Trail to Nidaros leads through Forollhogna. 

Rondane National Park with its vast valleys, gentle plateaus and mountain peaks is considered to be one of the best hiking places in Norway. The region is famous for its hunting traditions. Citizens of Rondane take care of wild reindeer that inhabit the area – a species Norway has a particular responsibility to preserve. 

CANYONS 

Jutulhogget is a canyon stretching 2.4 km, and is one among the longest of its kind in Northern Europe. It was formed during the last ice age when a natural dam burst and water from a lake under the ice carved a new course east through softer ground. There are many legends about the canyon. One of them tells that it was dug by a by the mountain giant called Rendalsjutulen. He wanted to lead river Glomma across to Rendalen, but was stopped by another mountain giant Glåmdalsjutulen. 

Jutulhogget

Korpreiret is a 3 km long canyon in Hamar. Each side of the ravine offers hiking routes that allow walking it around and admiring its grandeur. River Øksna forms three outstanding waterfalls, of which the uppermost has a vertical drop of some 40 meters down to the river. 

MUSEUMS 

Blokkoden Villmarksmuseum in Drevsjø is an ethnographic open-air museum where you can get an insight into unique Sami culture from the beginning of the 17th century until present. You will learn about special link between the Sami people and the nature, and their careful use of natural resources. Blokkoden has exhibitions on forestry, hunting and fishing, and its collections include buildings and ethnologic artefacts from the Sami culture. 

Blokkoden Villmarksmuseum in Drevsjø

Domkirkeodden/Hedmark Museum is one of the largest medieval museums in Norway. Its territory comprises 60 ancient buildings that will familiarize you with the history of Hedmark region from the Viking era and up until today. A genuine glass structure covering the cathedral ruins is the main attraction. 

Plunge into the atmosphere of peasant life in Glomdal Museum, one of the largest open-air museums in Norway. Buildings and household items will familiarize you with the history of farms of Østerdalen and Solør that were settled more than four hundred years ago. In summer, the museum is also home to traditional Norwegian domestic animal species. 

Glomdal Museum

The Mine at Folldal was in operation from 1748 until 1941. Practically nothing changed there since then: the same industrial community with 70 buildings. Explore the mine, visit the museum and look around the National Park Visitor Centre. At Folldal Mine, you will also find cultural trails, stone shop, geology garden and Rondane Geopark. 

Magnor Glassworks was established in 1896. It is a popular tourist point where you can observe glass blowers at work, visit an exhibition featuring glass art and tableware of local makers as well as unique artefacts connected with a long history of this unique workshop. You can buy souvenirs at the factory outlet at Magnor Glassworks. 

Norwegian Forestry Museum in Elverum is dedicated to the history and development of hunting, fishing, forestry and wood processing. This open-air museum offer multiple activities that make it an exciting place for the whole family. 

Norwegian Forestry Museum in Elverum

Norwegian Railway Museum is a huge complex that include an exhibit room, children playground, park with trains, steam locomotives, railways and station buildings. Arguably, its main feature is the legendary Dovregubben locomotive. 


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