The mountain village of Høvringen is situated at 1000 m.a.s.l in the north of Gudbrandsdalen, as the western gateway to Rondane National Park.
When the farm hamlets were at its peak in the period around 1900, Høvringen was one of the largest farm villages with at least 35 summer farms. Herds of cattle, sheep, goats and horses were on summer in the mountains and there was life on the farm meadow. Mountain farming in the traditional form has ceased in our mountains, but still there are herds of cattle in the summer. Still is the old deer tracks that winds ties into the mountain. These tracks have become the modern human trails.
In the middle of the 1800s, the modern tourism had its humble beginnings in the night. Englishmen went to the mountains with a guide and a gun. We can still see the hunting cottages they built and that today serves as a shelter for hunters in the fall hunt.
Some of the farm owners in Høvringen realized early the townspeople need for scenery and recreation in the mountains. The first stub of business was added and tourism gradually evolved over the years from improvised and modest ancillary to a substantial and self-employment.
We at Høvringen believe in sobriety and calm in an atmosphere where the old farm tradition is not completely gone. Høvringen is where qualities such as closeness to nature and the elements together with harmony with fellow human beings and peace of mind is top priority and why is the tourist businesses here still good and pleasant places to be.
Høvringen and Rondane have left their mark in Norwegian cultural history. On his journey through the valley of Gudbrandsdalen, P.Chr. Asbjørnsen, well known for his compilations of old Norwegian legends and fairy-tales, stayed in Høvringen in 1842. His stay formed the basis for the story of a local legend, Peer Gynt, who came upon trolls and terrifying monsters in Rondane. Asbjørnsen's fairy-tale Reindeer hunt at Rondane 20 years later created the basis for Henrik Ibsen's drama, Peer Gynt.
In The Bridal Wreath, the first part of Sigrid Undset's trilogy Kristin Lavransdatter, the young protagonist, Kristin, is allowed to accompany her father up into the mountains. Here, Høvringen is depicted with an atmosphere of great legend and superstition. It's no exaggeration to say that Kristin was very impressed by her first sight of Høvringen and the Rondane mountain range. Writer Åsmund Olavsson Vinje gave Rondane a central position in his poetic travelogue Ferdaminne. His poem Ved Rondane was later set to music by Edvard Grieg, who also wrote music for Ibsen's play. Painters Erik Werenskiold, Hans Gude and not least Harald Solberg have all found motives in Rondane for their works. Solberg's A winter's night in Rondane has been voted the national painting of Norway.