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View from Snøhetta in Dovrefjell, Norway - Photo: Anders Gjengedal/Innovation Norway
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View from Snøhetta in Dovrefjell, Norway Photo: Anders Gjengedal/Innovation Norway

Dovrefjell

The Dovrefjell mountain area is the home of the musk ox and the barrier between the southern and central regions of Norway.
Tallest mountains
Snøhetta - 2,286 metres above sea level Svånåtindene - 2,209 metres above sea level Larstind - 2,106 metres above sea level

Although it is a harsh environment, Dovrefjell is an excellent area for spectacular hiking and cycling during the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. The area is also good for fishing, canoeing, climbing and snowkiting. However, due to rather long distances between mostly unstaffed huts, great areas without huts and trails and unstable weather conditions, the area is first and foremost recommended for the experienced and well-equipped only.

The Dovrefjell area is almost entirely protected as two national parks:

  • Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park
  • Dovre National Park

Most popular hiking routes

The hike from the Snøheim Road or Reinheim up to Snøhetta Mountain. Another popular route is the hike from Kongsvold to Reinheim and the Åmotsdalshytta. The routes between Åmotdalshytta, Grøvudalshytta, Gammelsetra and Vangshaugen are also very popular amongst trekkers.

An increasing number of people choose to walk the old pilgrim road that goes from Oslo to Trondheim and across Dovrefjell.

Flora and fauna

Dovrefjell has abundant vegetation, in which many animals and birds thrive. Particularly the marshes of Fokstumyrene attract many species of birds. Grouse, golden eagle and gerfalcon are the most special of all the birds that live here. 

The musk ox is the most distinctive animal in the Dovrefjell fauna. Although this ancient animal was imported to the area, it thrives here. But be careful – do not get too close to a musk ox! It may seem big and clumsy, weighing between 225 and 400 kilos, but it moves fast with a top speed of 60 kilometres per hour. The safest bet if you wish to see a mosk ox is to join a guided musk ox safari. Safaris are arranged daily during the summer season.

Together with Rondane, Dovrefjell has Norway and Europe's last stock of wild reindeer of Beringia origin. Other large game, including deer, roe deer and elk are commonplace along the rims of the park. Wolverines, mountain fox, marten, mink, hare, lynx and a small population of bears are also present. Most lakes and rivers hold trout.

In the park you will find mountain birch, cranberries, cloudberries, fungi and rare mountain flowers such as wormwood and the Dovre poppy.

Accommodation

There are many hotels, inns, cabins and lodges in the Dovrefjell region. You can stay in town/village centres or up in the mountains. The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) maintains a number of mountain cabins/lodges in the area. In the small town of Dombås there is a youth hostel.

For those seeking good, old-fashioned hospitality in an interesting historical setting surrounded by magnificent nature, you should stay or dine at Kongsvold Fjellstue

Most places that offer accommodation also serve food.

Camping

If you plan to sleep in a tent, caravan or mobile home you may do so anywhere, except in cultivated fields and lay-bys. You can stay for as long as you wish, as long as your tent, caravan or mobile home is no closer than 150 metres to the nearest house or cabin.

Maps

Detailed maps of the area can be bought at DNT, local bookshops or the local tourist information offices. 

Getting to Dovrefjell

Dovrefjell is easily reached both from the south and north of Norway. The main south-north road (E 6) and the Dovrebanen Railway run over Dovrefjell. E 6 is a year-round road but is at rare occasions closed for short periods during heavy winter weather conditions.

From Oslo
Dovrefjell lies approximately 370 kilometres north of Oslo.

  • By car:
    The drive from Oslo takes approximately five hours. Follow the E 6 from Oslo to Dovrefjell. 
  • By train:
    The Norwegian State Railways (NSB) takes you from Oslo to Dovrefjell in approximately five hours. Get off at Dombås or Hjerkinn.
  • By bus:
    From Oslo there is a bus that takes you to various places in Dovrefjell (approximately five hours). For timetables and booking, please contact Nor-Way Bussekspress.

From Bergen
Dovrefjell lies approximately 500 kilometres northeast of Bergen.

  • By car:
    The drive from Bergen takes approximately six hours. From Bergen you follow the E 16 to Lærdal via Voss and Gudvangen, and then follow Rv 53 to Årdal where you can drive Tindevegen from Årdal to Turtagrø, and from Turtagrø you can follow the Sognefjell Road (Rv 55) to Lom. From Lom you follow Rv 15 to Otta, and from Otta you follow the E 6 to Dovrefjell.
  • By train:
    There is no direct train between Bergen and Dovrefjell. However, you can take the train from Bergen to Oslo, and then catch a new train between Oslo and Dovrefjell. Get off at Dombås or Hjerkinn. Total travel time is approximately 12 hours. For timetables and booking, please contact the Norwegian State Railways (NSB).
  • By bus:
    From Bergen there is a bus that takes you to Dovrefjell, get off at Hjerkinn (approximately eleven and a half hours). For timetables and booking, please contact Nor-Way Bussekspress.

From Stavanger
Dovrefjell lies approximately 640 kilometres northeast of Stavanger.By car:
The drive from Stavanger takes approximately eight hours. The easiest route is to follow the E 39 to Kristiansand, then the E 18 to Oslo. From Oslo you follow the E 6 to Dovrefjell. 

  • By train:
    There is no direct train between Stavanger and Dovrefjell. However, you can take the train from Stavanger to Oslo, and then catch a new train between Oslo and Dovrefjell. Get off at Dombås or Hjerkinn. Total travel time is approximately 13 hours. For timetables and booking, please contact the Norwegian State Railways (NSB).

From Trondheim
Dovrefjell lies approximately 200 kilometres south of Trondheim.

  • By car:
    The drive from Trondheim takes approximately three and a half hours. Follow the E 6 from Trondheim to Dovrefjell.
  • By train:
    The Norwegian State Railways (NSB) takes you from Trondheim to Dovrefjell in approximately two hours and fifteen minutes. Get off at Dombås or Hjerkinn.
  • By bus:
    From Trondheim there is a bus that takes you to Dovrefjell, get off at Hjerkinn (approximately two and a half hours). For timetables and booking, please contact Nor-Way Bussekspress.

Once in Dovrefjell, the best way of getting around is walking, skiing, cycling or riding. You can also drive your car on certain roads.

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Last updated:  2012-06-19
Musk ox safari at Dovrefjell, Norway - Photo: Dombås Turistkontor
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Interior from Kongsvold Fjeldstue at Dovrefjell, Norway - Photo: Historic Hotels
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View from Snøhetta in Dovrefjell, Norway - Photo: Anders Gjengedal/Innovation Norway

Dovrefjell

The Dovrefjell mountain area is the home of the musk ox and the barrier between the southern and central regions of Norway.

Dovrefjell

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