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DOVREFJELL

Kingdom of the musk oxen

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Musk ox in Dovrefjell .
Photo: Visitnorway.com
Musk ox in Dovrefjell .
Photo: Marcel Gundel / Nasjonalparkriket

Dovrefjell is located in Eastern Norway and is a natural stop along the E6 road between Oslo and Trondheim.

The musk oxen make this an animal kingdom unlike any other in Europe. Step into their world and discover a mountain area with undisturbed nature and a fascinating history.

Musk ox safari in Dovrefjell .
Photo: Field production / Nasjonalparkriket
Musk ox safari in Dovrefjell .
Photo: Field production / Nasjonalparkriket

Marked paths lead the way in every direction, towards deep valleys in the west and a rounded landscape in the east.

Or do you want to feel like you are on top of the world? Climb the highest peak, Snøhetta, soaring 2,286 metres above sea level. Even though the trip takes about 5–7 hours in total, it’s not very demanding if you are used to hiking in the mountains.

Hiking paths at Snøhetta .
Photo: Heidi Jægtnes
Hiking paths at Snøhetta .
Photo: Heidi Jægtnes

But you don’t have to hike for hours to feel the majestic vibes from Snøhetta. Catch a glimpse of the mountain in warm and cosy surroundings at Viewpoint Snøhetta. You can almost drive all the way here – it’s just a 1,5 kilometres walk from the parking lot.

Discretely uniting nature and modern architecture, the viewpoint is a part of the Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre and is the crown jewel of Dovrefjell. It was even named “World Building of the Year” in 2011.

Viewpoint Snøhetta .
Photo: Villrein.no / Diephotodesigner.de
Viewpoint Snøhetta .
Photo: Villrein.no / Diephotodesigner.de

And, yes – it was designed by the world renowned architects at Snøhetta, a Norwegian company so impressed by the mountain that they named their firm after it.

Viewpoint Snøhetta .
Photo: Diephotodesigner.de
Viewpoint Snøhetta .
Photo: Villrein.no / Diephotodesigner.de

There are many ways to explore Dovrefjell and completing Tour de Dovre on two wheels is a fun option – you can even rent bikes (also electrical ones) in the area.

Cycling in the Dovrefjell mountains .
Photo: Yngve Ask / Mountainsofnorway.com
Cycling in the Dovrefjell mountains .
Photo: Yngve Ask / Mountainsofnorway.com

Or you can saddle up!

You don’t have to be an expert to join guided horseback riding tours from Hjerkinn mountain lodge and Kvistli farms.

Horseback riding in Dovrefjell .
Photo: Hjerkinn Fjellstue & Fjellridning
Horseback riding in Dovrefjell .
Photo: Hjerkinn Fjellstue & Fjellridning

And remember to keep your eyes open at all times – there might be someone looking back at you!

Dovrefjell is home to wild reindeers, moose, and cute Arctic foxes. They don’t like to be disturbed, so it is important that you don’t walk towards them if you see them.

And you should join a guided tour if you want to get close to …

Wild reindeer in Dovrefjell .
Photo: Arne Nyaas / Villrein.no
Wild reindeer in Dovrefjell .
Photo: Arne Nyaas / Villrein.no

… this beautiful beast – the musk oxen! Even though you have to keep a safe distance, at least 200 metres, you’ll get to admire them without binoculars. Awesome, right?

If you’re lucky, they’ll strike a nice pose – so bring your camera (and a zoom lens to get a good portrait like this)!

Musk ox at Dovrefjell .
Photo: Marcel Gundel / Nasjonalparkriket
Musk ox at Dovrefjell .
Photo: Marcel Gundel / Nasjonalparkriket

Adventurous days in the mountain will definitely make you hungry – but fear not. The various mountain lodges, like Snøheim (pictured), have just what you need.

From fresh vegetables and tasty fish to the delicacy reindeer meat, it’s all locally sourced.

It’s super easy to travel to Dovrefjell by train, bus, and car.

Snøheim in Dovrefjell .
Photo: Pål Koxvig / dnt.no
Snøheim in Dovrefjell .
Photo: Pål Koxvig / dnt.no

Or you can walk!

One of the spiritual pilgrim paths St. Olav Ways to Trondheim passes through Dovrefjell.

This journey lets you connect with your faith, yourself, and the company you have along the way, as well as nature. A heavenly combination.

Hiking the pilgrim trail St. Olav Ways across Dovrefjell .
Photo: David Tett
Hiking the pilgrim trail St. Olav Ways across Dovrefjell .
Photo: David Tett

If you’re travelling with kids, you should board this cute mining train in Folldal.

The fun and bumpy ride takes you 600 metres into the old Folldal copper mines. As a bonus, you’ll get a dose of cultural history on your trip.

Folldal mines at Dovrefjell .
Photo: Christine Baglo
Folldal mines at Dovrefjell .
Photo: Christine Baglo

The Folldal valley is a short detour eastwards, but from here you can continue into the neighbouring Rondane national park and the scenic route Rondanevegen.

Viewpoint Snøhetta in Dovrefjell .
Photo: Kristoffer Mæle Thuestad / Nasjonalparkriket
Viewpoint Snøhetta in Dovrefjell .
Photo: Kristoffer Mæle Thuestad / Nasjonalparkriket

What are you waiting for?

Plan your adventure in Dovrefjell.

Viewpoint Snøhetta in Dovrefjell .
Photo: Kristoffer Mæle Thuestad / Nasjonalparkriket
Viewpoint Snøhetta in Dovrefjell .
Photo: Kristoffer Mæle Thuestad / Nasjonalparkriket
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