Rondane National Park was established in 1962 and is Norway’s oldest national park. By establishing the country’s first national park here, Norway wanted to confirm its international responsibility to look after one of the last remaining high mountain ecosystems as well as Europe’s oldest population of wild reindeer. The Rondane mountains are also a majestic and extremely popular area for hiking with huge expanses of lichen-covered terrain.
The Rondane mountains and two othernearby mountain areas, Dovre and Sølnkletten, form Europe’s last high mountain area where both the wild reindeer, wolverine, arctic fox, golden eagle, raven and small rodents live together. Rondane has a total of 10 peaks above 2000 m above sea level. The highest mountain is Rondeslottet (2178 m above sea level).
The ice has carved deep glacial cirques and glacial rivers have carved narrow gorges. In the valley of Døråldalen, the meltwater from the ice has created large moraine terraces. Skranglehaugan south of Dørålseter has a unique landscape with large depressions in the ground, known as kettles, formed when the remaining ice in the gravel surface melted away.
Biological resources have been harvested by humans since the Ice Age. Throughout the entire area, you can see trapping pits, prehistoric hides for hunters, natural rock shelters, rock arches and other remains from the culture based on hunting and trapping.