Formokampen, the great family walk

Formokampen is a great walking trip for all ages. You can walk in a easy terrain and enjoy the great view from the summit. You can see all the way to the national parks Jotunheimen, Rondane, Dovre.

Formokampen Høvringen

About Formokampen

Formokampen is a fantastic walking destination for all ages. It’s about a 9 km roundtrip from Putten Seter and about 12 km roundtrip from Høvringen, through gentle terrain. The accessibility to the summit is excellent and you can park at the start point of the trail, either at Høvringen or Putten Seter.

Description

FROM PUTTEN SETER: Start at the car park at Putten Seter and follow the gravel road below. Cross the small bridge and then immediately turn to the left, onto the red-marked trail. The trail leads past a few cabins, then through a small marsh area, before con- tinuing through a birch forest. After a while the trail crosses a stream before reaching the ridge towards Formokampen. The last kilometre is fairly steep and is quite rocky in places.

FROM HØVRINGEN: Start at the large car park beside the main road south of Høvringen. Follow the blue and red marked trail towards the Peer Gynt Cabin and Formokampen. There’s a slight incline for the rst 2km, before you pass the west side of Vesle- berget. It’s fairly at the next 2km until Skjærungåe, where there’s again an incline for 2.5 km, until the mountain ridge. The last kilometre is fairly steep and is rocky in places.

Recommended Season: June to October. On snow from January to May.

Map: Høvringen 1:40 000

Fangstgrop-Formokampen

Cultural Remains on Formokampen

A fascinating insight into an ancient method for hunting and capturing wild reindeer.

At Formokampen there is an ancient facility for trapping reindeer with at least 14 stone-lined pits, stone funnel traps and the remnants or archery points. The date for the facility at Formokampen is unknown, but it was most likely used during the Viking Age and early Middle Ages.

The trapping system was used for hunting wild reindeer. The system comprises of stone walls, or funnel traps, which lead into the stone-line pits.

The trapping facility at Formokampen was strategically placed in the landscape, making it easy to capture animals from any side. The capture pits were placed in such a way that the animals could not see them. The stone pits in the area are small, deep and steep, and could have been covered with twigs and sticks, and camou aged with heather and moss.

There are several traps for hunting wild reindeer in the Rondane area. At some of these, archaeologists have found stone-walled stalls for holding the reindeer. This trapping method may have had a greater purpose than just hunting for food. When the reindeer were held in stalls, they may have been collecting animals for farming and not just for an im- mediate meal.

The World´s population headed north 

In Rondane, stocks of original wild reindeer are sustained. In France, 30,000 year old cave paintings have been discov- ered that show that the wild reindeer once inhabited large area of Europe together with cave bears, aurochs and mam- moths. When the ice melted 10-12 000 years ago, the wild reindeer, and eventually man, migrated to the place we now call Nor- way.

“THE ANIMAL WITH HORNS” - Wild reindeer are easily recognisable from their antlers What’s so special about the reindeer is that male and fe- males of all ages have antlers. Antlers are renewed once a year. The buck (♂) has large antlers that it loses after mating in autumn, which grow back during summer. The doe (♀) has smaller antlers she loses after calving in the spring. Antlers are used as status symbol and are important in regards to mating and access to food.

YOU ARE A GUEST IN THE REINDEER’S REALM - Rondane and Dovre national parks preserve a unique moun- tain area with delicate plant and animal life. We endeavour to preserve the wild reindeer and their habitat, and at the same time enjoy the area’s rich natural environment. Rondane’s hunting season for wild reindeer lasts from 20 August until late September (varies from area to area).

Read the walking guide to Formokampen here