Dovre National Park

A sense of history over the National Park

The Dovre National Park consists of plateaus and hiker-friendly, rounded summits that reach 1700 metres. Most of the park is above the tree line. The landscape around the highest peaks has an arctic character with remnants of permafrost. The park boasts numerous alpine plants, both common and rarer ones. The bird life is also varied and rich. The park is part of a larger area where wild reindeer roam. For some years, the reindeer have been used as an environmental indicator of the current state of the Norwegian mountains. ”United and loyal until the mountains of Dovre crumble”, the constitutional assembly at Eidsvoll declared in 1814. The expression alludes to something unshakeable, and symbolises unity and concord. Dovre and Dovrefjell holds a key posi- tion as a national rallying point and a mark of ultra-Norwegianism. Several famous poets and musicians, like Henrik Ibsen, Edvard Grieg and Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, have derived inspiration from this area. Henrik Ibsen’s ”Peer Gynt” with Edvard Grieg’s incidental music to the Hall of the Mountain King has made the massif a symbol famed far beyond the boundaries of Norway.

The Pilgrim Trail

Many people find inspiration from walking along his- toric tracks and paths. The Pilgrim Trail from Oslo to Trondheim passes through the Dovre National Park between Budsjord at Dovre and Fokstugu on Dovrefjell. This stretch offers magnificent views to the valley of Gudbrandsdalen and three of the most famous mountain massifs in Norway, Jotunheimen, Rondane and Snøhetta. When Harald Fairhair (850-933) crossed Dovrefjell with a large, armed contingent at the end of the 9th century AD, he almost certainly followed just this route. When hiking along this path, you should also have time to reflect and to enjoy the magnificent scenery.

The Rondane Path
If you have plenty of time to spare and enjoy long treks, you could hike the Rondane Path all the way from Oslo to Hjerkinn on Dovrefjell. The final stage is a T-marked path through the national park from the Grimsdal cabin to Hjerkinn. This takes 5-6 hours and offers magnificent panoramic views of the mountains of Snøhetta in the north and Stygghøin and Rondane in the south. You pass through a historic landscape, and long stretches are marked by cairns and standing flagstones dating Hiking (FB) from the Middle Ages. You need not have a lively imagi- nation to feel aware of the numerous travellers who have preceded you on foot or horseback in bygone days on their way to Oppdal or Trondheim. For many people, the biggest attraction of the Dovre National Park is to botanise and see how many species they manage to record.


Wild reindeer hunting is important for the settlements around Dovre. The reindeer in this area are the most timid in Norway. To be successful, hunters must there- fore pursue their quarry slowly and carefully consider the terrain and the wind. You should be less than a hundred metres from a stationary deer before you fire, so this is one of the most challenging forms of hunting in Norway.

You can find more detailed information in the link below. 

Download the full brochure from the Norwegian Environment Agency