Reinheimen National Park

Wilderness with traces left by former hunters

The Reinheimen National Park is in the next largest area lacking major infrastructure in southern Norway, and wilderness best characterises this very varied mountain area. The highest mountains in the park tower more than 2000 m above sea level, while the lowest point in the protected area, at the foot of Trollveggen, is about 130 m a. s.l. Much of the original alpine ecosystem, including wild reindeer, wolverines, golden eagles, gyr falcons and ptarmigans, is still intact. Reinheimen has numerous cultural heritage traces from the former hunting of wild reindeer, including pitfalls, mass trapping systems, bowman’s hides and habitations where the hunters lived.


Enjoy the scenery

You can take a great variety of enjoyable hikes in Reinheimen. Most of the area is wilderness with few facilities provided for outdoor recreation, but the mountains around Tafjord and the western part of the Skjåk district have some marked paths and cabins inside or close to the park. There are also some cabins that can be rented. To protect the vulnerable wild reindeer, the policy has been not to market the area or persuade more Shooting willow grouse (PJ) people to visit it. If you want to spend more than a day walking here, you will have to carry a tent, your food and other camping gear. People living in the surrounding settlements and farms have always used the area for grazing and seasonal farming, fishing and hunting reindeer and small game. Trout have been released in many lakes in the mountains. Visitors can buy fishing licences, but only local people generally have the right to fish with nets. Ask them for good advices on where the fishing is good. You need a licence to hunt small game and reindeer. Reindeer hunting is very popular, and there are many more applicants than licences. The wild reindeer in Reinheimen are descended from semi-domesticated reindeer and are therefore less timid than the genuinely wild reindeer strains.

You can find more detailed information in the link below. 

Download the full brochure from the Norwegian Environment Agency