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near Kongsvoll, Sør-Trøndelag (Norge)
Duration: 6 h
Departure / Arrival: Åmotdalshytta cabin / Reinheim cabin
Highest point: Leirpullskardet pass (1.555 m)
Distances and cumulative elevation: 10.1 km, +240/-390 m
2nd stage of the Dovrefjell national park trek - Norway:
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.
It 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 route of the Dovrefjell national park trek - Norway 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 third highest in Norway, inside Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park.
The 2nd stage of the trek we will go from the refuge of Reinheim (1,346 m) to the refuge of Åmotdalshytta (1,308 m). The itinerary begins gradually rising the Stroplaen valley, heading west, before forking north to climb sharply after about 3 kilometers the hill of Leirpullskardet (Leirpullskardet pass - 1,555 m). The second part of the route is then carried downstream, heading west northwest, to reach the lake of Åmotvatnet and Åmotdalshytta cabin (1,308 m).
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Rental of Reinheim and Åmotdalshytta refuges:
1. Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT): http://english.turistforeningen.no/index.php?fo_id=3609
2. DNT cabins - general information: