Norway - Dovrefjell National Park
Duration: 5 days
Departure / Arrival: Kongsvoll station (Kongsvold Fjellstue, 892 m)
Highest point: Snøhetta (2.286 m)
Distances and cumulative elevation: 57 km, +1.540 m
Day 1: Kongsvold Fjellstue (Kongsvoll) – Reinheim
Day 2: Reinheim
Day 3: Reinheim – Åmotdalshytta
Day 4: Åmotdalshytta – Reinheim
Day 5: Reinheim
Day 6: Reinheim - Kongsvold Fjellstue (Kongsvoll station)
Dovrefjell is a mountain range in central Norway that forms a natural barrier between Eastern Norway and Trøndelag, the area around Trondheim. As a result, it has been heavily trafficked during and probably preceding historical times. Several mountain inns were established in the Middle Ages to house pilgrims traveling to Trondheim, and there are even ruins of an old leper colony in the northern area of it.
The main south-north highway (E6) and railway Dovrebanen in Norway runs over Dovrefjell. The highway is a year-round highway but is at rare occasions closed for short periods during heavy winter weather conditions. However, for hikers wishing to travel from Oslo to Dovrefjell the fastest way and without any doubt the most convenient way is to use the direct train between Oslo and the Kongsvoll station, close to Kongsvold Fjellstue. Kongsvold has official status as a mountain retreat since 1670.
The route of the trek was built with a dual purpose: to Discovery the fauna and flora (in summer) of the beautiful natural area of Dovrejfell, and to approach Snøhetta (2,286 m): the highest mountain in the Dovrefjell range, and the highest mountain in Norway outside of the Jotunheimen range, making it the 24th highest peak in Norway, based on a 30 metre topographic prominence cutoff. Its topographic prominence is the third highest in Norway, inside Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park.
Dovrejfell is the natural habitat for many rare plants and animals. It became a national park in several stages starting in 1911, when some plants were put under protection. When the railroad was built from Oslo to Trondheim in 1921, one of the marshes was preserved. In 1974, parts of the range became a national park and the park was extensively enlarged in 2002. Together with Rondane, it has Norway and Europe's last stock of wild reindeer of Beringian origin. Dovrefjell (west of E6/Dovrebanen) also has a stock of musk oxen, imported from East-Greenland in 1932.
The Dovrefjell area has now been almost entirely protected as two national parks:
Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park, founded 2002, which encompasses the previous and much smaller Dovrefjell National Park; Dovre National Park, founded 2003, connecting the protected areas in the Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park with Rondane National Park.
Due to inclement weather, it was not possible to achieve the ascent of Snøhetta, an attempt which was interrupted at midway of the mountain. However, we had the chance to get closer to one of the most emblematic animals of the national park: the musk ox of Dovrefjell (see photos).
- - - - - - - - Oslo Airport OSL to Kongsvoll by train
(4h10m) Kongsvold Fjellstue
Tel: (+47) 900 84 802
Rental of Åmotdalshytta, Reinheim cabins:
1. Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT)
2. DNT cabins - general information