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696,1 km2

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Melhus muncipality has approximately 16.000 inhabitants and covers a area of 696,1 km2. It is part of the Gauldalen region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Melhus. Other villages include Gimse, Gåsbakken, Hovin, Korsvegen, Kvål, Ler and Lundamo. Agriculture is important in Melhus, and the extensive lowland areas in the almost flat valley surrounding the Gaula River are dominated by grain fields. The Dovrebanen railway line also follows the river through Melhus. Many inhabitants work in the city of Trondheim, a 20 minute drive north from Melhus.

Melhus includes the valley of the Gaula River as it flows northwards towards its mouth at the Gaulosen, an arm of the Trondheimsfjord. The lake Svorksjøen lies on the western border with Orkdal and Meldal. The lakes Benna and Ånøya lie in the central part of the municipality, and the lake Samsjøen lies on the southeastern border with Midtre Gauldal. Melhus highest peak is Reinsfjellet (941 meters). The mountains of Rensfjellet and Vassfjellet lie on the eastern border with Selbu and Klæbu respectively.

Well known places are Horg Bygdatun at Hovin, Rock carvings at Foss, Agriculture and skimuseum at Gåsbakken.


8 km south of Trondheim lies Vassfjellet SkiCenter. Vassfjellet have 6 lifts with 10 different slopes. Alpine, Telemark and Snowboard slopes.


Melhus is positioned on both sides of the river only a few kilometers from the mouth of the Gaula which runs into the beautiful Trondheim fjord. It´s easy to get around by car, bicycle or on foot in the undulating landscape which embraces the village. When you are fishing in the Melhus area you will find yourself in a calm and beautiful environment whilst at the same time having all the comforts and services nearby. The fishing beats in the Melhus area are statistically amongst the best in the whole river year on year, both in terms of average weights and numbers of fish.