After a night of peaceful sleep in the mountains of Dombås, our team left this cozy HI facilities to our next destination: Hjerkinn.
Before that, we had the chance to stop at a Kafe dated from early as 1938, just beside the road. The Dovregubbens was built with local traditional construction methods dated from ancient and yet very typical techniques in this region. Below, you can see a dark pine tree trunks used to build houses as well as some rooftops with grass or made out of stone:
After some photos, we continued on the route to Hjerkinn, also close to Dovre National Park. Surrounded by steep mountainsides that can reach up to 1.000 meters high, where once there was mining activitity (until 1993) and a military base, also lies one of our most comfortable hostels: the Hjerkinnhus. This hostel offers 60 rooms, that are often a temporary home for groups that look after the wildlife at Dovre National Park.
This place also endulges the guests with sauna facilities and offers safaris with local companies for tourists that want to spot Musk Ox, just as the one in Dombås also does. Both know that preserving the wildlife is key to remain attractive to guests that come from all over Norway and abroad.
Next stop was at a local restaurant, famous for its furniture and decoration that can be as old as 300 years! Very well preserved, this place is just in front of the Musk Ox trail at the Dovrefjell- Sunndalsfjella National Park. All information is available in English and Norwegian, so that tourists know what to do in case they spot one of these amazing animals:
After lunch our next stop was at Oppdal, where our roadtrip crew spotted a fugitive baby lamb by the road and helped a local farmer rescue it. How cute is this?!
Keep up with our adventure! If you missed the first day of our trip, catch up here.
Written by Emilia Barreto and Amarilis Coelho