Watching musk oxes. Keep your distance!
More than 10 000 visitors come to see the musk ox every year. Photo: CSB
Watching musk oxes. Keep your distance! More than 10 000 visitors come to see the musk ox every year. Photo: CSB, Foto: Carl S. Bjursteddt

As an ordinary visitor, there are a few things you should keep in mind. The standard rules for conduct and etiquette generally apply in the countryside and in woodlands. See below – ‘Hiking in Dovrefjell’.

Hiking in Dovrefjell

When hiking in protected areas, the right to roam generally applies. In a collaboration with travel companies, we have devised the Dovrefjell Code, which provides some additional advice on how to behave in our mountains. The National Park Board has made the Musk Ox Trail easily accessible from the E6 motorway and Kongsvoll railway station. We recommend this walk to get a taste of the area.

The mail rule of the right to roam encompasses rights (although these cannot be demanded) and duties – as found in the Outdoor Recreation Act, section 2 first paragraph (No): ‘Any person is entitled to access to and passage through uncultivated land at all times of year, provided that consideration and due care is shown.’

Section 11 further states that: ‘Any person who passes through or spends time on another person's property or on the sea off another person's property shall behave considerately and with due care in order not to cause damage or inconvenience for the owner, user or others or damage to the environment. Such persons have a duty to ensure that they do not leave the place in a condition that may be unsightly or lead to damage or inconvenience for any other person.’

In other words, visitors must exercise common courtesy, such as taking their rubbish home or to the nearest waste bin. For staying in a ordinary hiker's tent, there are no further rules than outside the park. Se linkt to right to roam above.

A good and detailed review of most aspects of the right to roam can be found in Marianne Reusch’s blog, Allemannsretten.no. (No)

Other activities

For cycle trips see here... Cycling restrictions are in place in the national park and in Hjerkinn protected landscape area (PLA) with biotope protection.

NB: Drones are not permitted in the national park, Hjerkinn PLA with biotope protection and some nature reserves. More details here...(No)

The former Hjerkinn shooting range was protected in April 2018. See here... for more details on visiting this area. 

As a guide or leader of organised trips, there are a few more things to think about. You need permission to carry out most activities. This also applies to activity that can damage the conservation values. Read more here...

NB: The ‘special benefits’ enjoyed during organised trips by tourist associations, schools, nurseries and such like came to an end when the former Hjerkinn shooting range was established as a protected area. All organised trips now have the same status in terms of whether permission is required.

Would you like to hide a geocachesee here...

Permission is needed if you need to use motorised vehicles, or want to erect a new building or extend an existing one, or carry out other work. Read more here... (No)

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Application for guiding and other organised activities

Musk ox tourists. (Photo: CBJ)

You are welcome to visit our protected areas, but remember – as always in nature – all visitors in the protected areas must act with care in order to ensure that the natural environment is not harmed and that the objectives of protection measures can be achieved.  Some activities including organised trips through tourist associations, schools, kindergartens etc., and activities that ...

(Publisert:29.01.2019 Sist endret:12.04.2019)

May I use a drone in Dovrefjell?

Drones are not permitted in   Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella national park,  Hjerkinn protected landscape area with biotope protection, and   Nordre Snøfjellstjørn and Fokstumyra nature reserves.   In the other protected areas, the use of drones is solely regulated by the ...

(Publisert:29.01.2019 Sist endret:18.06.2019)

Cycling in protected areas

A cycling trip to Vålåsjøhøvegen, July 2008. Cycle is permitted here but only in the period 1 June to 15 July. (Photo: Carl S. Bjurstedt ©)

Brochure (2019) on cycling in the Park... The Outdoor Recreation Act sets out the rules for cycling on uncultivated land outside protected areas. In a report on outdoor recreation, the Norwegian parliament (Storting) called for the rules on cycling on uncultivated land to be more practical. Section 2a of the Regulations on motorised traffic on ...

(Publisert:29.01.2019 Sist endret:26.06.2019)

The Dovrefjell Code

Enjoying a walk. PHOTO: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norge

The Dovrefjell Code describes how the national park authorities and those who run organised tourism in the protected areas want walkers, both in organised parties and others, to behave in the protected areas at Dovrefjell.  Click here for the DovrefjellCode... 

(Publisert:29.01.2019 Sist endret:12.04.2019)