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A hike in the natural habitat of the musk-ox at Dovrefjell.
A hike in the natural habitat of the musk-ox at Dovrefjell
The musk-ox trail opened in 2017. When hiking along the path, you might catch a glimpse of the mighty musk-ox. You can choose a roundtrip of various lengths, from 4,5 kilometers to 15 kilometers. Starting and endpoint are by Kongsvold or Grønbakken. The path runs partially through birch forest and highland areas, and you might consider a detour to the viewpoint Høgsnyta (1320 m.a.s.l).
An encounter with the musk-ox might happen anywhere along the path, but seeing it from Høgsyta is common. Early in the summer, the musk-ox might even stay in the forest, so be aware. If the musk-ox feels threatened it could attack. We ask you to pay attention and keep a safe distance of at least 200m to the animals at all time. Pilgrimsleden, the old pilgrim path from Oslo to Nidaros, runs along the east side of the E6. There are no musk-ox on this side, but with binoculars, you may see them on the west side of the E6. By staying on the trail, you are less likely to disturb the wild reindeers in this area. Reducing traffic in these areas are essential to preserve the reindeer. The musk-ox path is marked with wooden poles with the National Park logo.
Learn more about the musk-ox path at the websites of Dovrefjell Nasjonalparkstyre.
Thank you for staying on the trail.