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
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, Foto: Carl S. Bjurstedt

The objective of Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella national park is to protect a large, continuous and largely untouched mountain region and its alpine ecosystem and biodiversity. Protecting the habitats of the wild reindeer is one of the main objectives, along with protecting topographic features, landscape formations, geological sites and cultural relics.

The public must be given the opportunity to experience nature and to enjoy traditional and simple outdoor life with a minimal degree of technical adaptation.

Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella national park was established in 2002 and expanded in 2018. The park encompasses the central mountain regions between Sunndalen, Drivdalen, Dalsida and Torbudalen, as well as the mountain ridge east of Drivdalen and the old Dovrefjell national park (247 km2), which was established in 1974. In 2018, most of the former Hjerkinn shooting range was incorporated into the national park, along with the Hjerkinn protected landscape area with its biotope protection.

Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella national park is almost entirely situated above the timberline. In simple terms, the landscape can be described as ‘majestic’. High mountains with the national mountain Snøhetta (2286 metres above sea level) as a landmark. Deep valleys, and a steep decline from Sunndalsfjella in the northwest, and around Snøhetta and Svånåtindan. Although the landscape is less dramatic in the rest of the area, there are still major height differences. In the northwestern parts, the sub-oceanic climate is characterised by blustery weather from the west and northwest. The Snøhetta massif and its neighbours form a distinct and often visible weather front, and the east and south have a continental climate, while most of the rainfall stems from the southeast.

The national park measures approximately 1830 km2, which constitutes 40% of the protected areas we manage. The park is located in the following municipalities (the area percentage is shown in brackets): Oppdal (34.6%), Sunndal (33.8%), Lesja (28.8%), Dovre (2.2%), Nesset (0.6%). (The area percentages do not include the expansion in Dovre and Lesja in 2018.)

IUCN status: IUCN II. 

Further information is available at these links:

The Nature Base, including the factsheet has now been updated with new protection boundaries. 


P.S. Our park is not to be confused with Dovre national park in Rondane.

(Publisert:01.02.2019)