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The first humans that established themselves in Høvringen were the wanderers. Probably they arrived about 7000 - 8000 years from the east. Hunting and fishing formed their food basis. When they found iron in the moors around Høvringen, this became an important piece of trade. With the arising of the domestic animal cattling the farmers from the valley began to use the area as summer pasture.

Høvringen developed in such a way to one of the largest pasture places in Norway, with over 40 buildings. The first tourists arrived around 1880 and thus began the tourism, which shapes the area today. The road from E6 up to Høvringen is driveable all year and is of high standard. Høvringen lies approximately 950 metres and is the gate to Rondane from vest. The name Høvringen comes from the horse shoe. The area has a long history of satisfied visitors. Tourists have been coming to the region for more than a hundred years. Easely access to well-prepared and well-marked cross-country tracks, summer and winter.

The road is of high standard during the summer, while during the winter all guests are transported by snowmobile. During the summer, there is a twice-daily bus service from Otta Station.


The great view, which opens up at the arrival in Høvringen, has inspired many well-known writers and artists since. Sigrid Undset describes their first impression of Høvringen and Rondane in such a way in her novel about Kristin Lavransdatter: "Kristin stared with large eyes, she had never thought that the world is so far-reaching and large. Everywhere was green mountain sides, and the valley was only one gap between the enormous mountains and the side valleys appeared like still smaller gaps.

There were many valleys, but nevertheless fewer valleys than mountains. In all directions the grey summits, radiating gold from lichens, rose up highly over the forest. Under the horizon far away the blue mountains with their white views of snow mixed in the eye with the grey-blue and white-bright summer clouds."

The blue mountains, which are described in the quotation, are today a part of the Rondane National Park.


Rondane National Park is approximately 963 km2 and located at the Counties of Hedmark and Oppland. Rondane National Park was Norway´s first National Park. It is particularly important as the home of one of our country´s last herds of wild reindeer, and covers a varied mountain landscape of high peaks, lichencovered plateaus and lush valleys. The park is dominated by the high peaks, narrow ravines and deep valleys of the Rondane massif.

The poor bedrock supports only a sparse vegetation of mainly lichen and heather. Numerous traces of an early hunting culture can be seen. As a special measure for the protection of the wild reindeer, the park was significantly enlarged in 2003, its area increasing from 580 to 963 km2.

The park was enlarged mainly to the north-west, and slightly in the east and south. In addition, areas with lesser protection (landscape protection as well as nature protection areas) were established in connection with the park.