Protected areas

The wild reindeer is a Norwegian special responsibility species, and one of the main reasons for protecting the Dovrefjell mountain range. These animals are extremely shy and easily frightened. Photo: Øyvind Leren
The wild reindeer is a Norwegian special responsibility species, and one of the main reasons for protecting the Dovrefjell mountain range. These animals are extremely shy and easily frightened. Photo: Øyvind Leren, Foto: Øyvind Leren

The National Park Board manages the protected areas in Dovrefjell, which is a large complex encompassing a national park, nine protected landscape areas (PLAs) and four nature reserves.

See the overview of the areas, and the map... 

The main objective

of protecting the national park, most PLAs and protected biotope areas (PBAs) is to preserve the habitat of the wild reindeer herds in Snøhetta and Knutshø. The herds in these areas represent the last remnants of wild mountain reindeer in Scandinavia, and Norway has a special responsibility to protect them.

In the national park and the larger PLAs, protection of a large and continuous mountain region is also an objective.

In the national park, the large areas of unspoiled nature also need to be protected, and outdoor life can be enjoyed without the need for any extensive adaptations.

The PLAs were established to protect distinctive natural and cultural landscapes. Protecting pasture landscapes is also an important objective, together with the rest of the landscape.

Two PBAs were established to protect vital migratory areas for the wild reindeer from new interventions that can impede their movement.

In addition, the National Park Board manages four nature reserves. These have special natural values that are closely protected.

For the typical hiker, protection of the area does not entail any special considerations beyond those normally taken, with one exception: cycling is forbidden in the national park, except on a few paths. In a collaboration with the tourist industry, we have devised the Dovrefjell Code, which specifies the precautions you need take in order to preserve our vulnerable nature.

Motorised traffic, technical interventions and such like are, however, not permitted princippally, but permission may in certain cases be granted upon application.

Click in the list below to read more about the individual protected areas. This texts at presentare in Norwegian only. At the bottom of the articles you will find two links:

  • Link to regulations leads to updated regulations at Lovdata (Norwegian annotated database for laws, regulations and judgements (the last accessible only by payment).
  • The factsheets contains facts, an interactive map of the actual PA and often contains links to more detailed information. 
(Publisert:01.02.2019)

Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella national park

Skredahøin, Svånåtindan and Snøhetta are centrally located in the southern part of the national park. The photo is taken from Hjerkinnhøe in the Hjerkinn protected landscape area. In the foreground lies the former Hjerkinn shooting range, which was granted protection in 2018. Photo: CSB

The objective of Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella national park is to protect a large, continuous and largely untouched mountain region and its alpine ...

(Publisert:01.02.2019)