Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park: the Pulse of Untouched Nature

"In harmony and faith till Dovre falls" vowed participants of the Convention of Eidsvoll in 1814. 

Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park

Dovrefjell–Sunndalsfjella National Park was established in 2002 to replace the former Dovrefjell National Park, originally founded in 1974. It occupies 1693 sq. km and encompasses areas in three Norwegian counties: Oppland, Sør-Trøndelag, and Møre og Romsdal. 


Its unique flora attracts botanists – professional and amateur – for more than 200 years. The plants, like wormwood or various species of mountain poppies, survived the Ice Age. 


Initial balance of the mountain ecosystem was troubled by human intervention and modern activities. Nevertheless, Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park contains some untouched mountainous areas. The local fauna includes wild deer, wolverines, Arctic foxes, and golden eagles. 

Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park

Arctic foxes survived despite the fact that until recently they were desired prey of hunters. 

Beautiful Sunndalsfjella offers wonderful summer pastures for wild deer. Winter pastures are located to the East, with less atmospheric precipitation. 

Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park

The Dovrefjell mountains are home for a herd of musk-oxen. 

Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park

You will find a ruff in wetlands, and a white grouse in heather moors. Among predatory birds, there are gyrfalcon, golden eagle, and roughleg. 


The landscape from Sunndalsfjella to Knutshøene mountains gradually changes from wild heights on the west to more soft and flat contours on the east. Storkalken, Storskrymten and famous Snøhetta peaks dominate the landscape. 

Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park

It is worth mentioning Åmotan gorge with its mighty 156 meter high waterfall. 


Cultural and historical traces show that humankind has been using the resources of Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella for more than 10,000 years. 

The oldest traces were found in the western part where hunters persecuted deer with bows and arrows while the ice was melting and retreating. Dovrefjell possesses the largest in Southern Norway hunting holes dug to catch deer. 

Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park

Later, first pilgrims crossed the high mountain and made their way to Nidaros. First small inns were built on the mountain ridge, the road connected South and North, stimulating trade and transport development. 

Households started to graze their cattle in the mountains. Villages were rapidly developing. 

Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park

Hiking in Dovrefjell–Sunndalsfjella is an opportunity to feel the pulse of mountainous nature at its fullest. The net of passes will lead you through various landscapes. You will have an opportunity to sleep in a tourist base inside or outside the Park. You may climb into the mountains, go fishing or hunting – just do not forget about the license! 

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