This is a place where you can buy everything you need for your trip, and if you have any questions, you will receive good help from the tourist information desk located next to the train station. Oppdal has a vibrant city center with a diverse range of shops, restaurants, activities and accommodation. From Oppdal, you can start your Dovrefjell experience with a guide. A few kilometers west of today’s city center is the Vang burial site. Discoveries made at the burial site tell us how important the mountains and wild reindeer trapping were to the people who lived in this area during the Viking Age. The Vang site is by far Norway’s largest Iron Age burial site, and one of the largest in Northern Europe!
Read more about Oppdal at Visit Oppdal
Car and bus: Via the E6 highway or the RV70
Train: Oppdal Station, The Dovre Line
Good parking facilities in the city center
Charging station for electric cars: Yes, at the train station
Dining and accommodation
See dining and accommodation at Visit Oppdal
Experiences from Oppdal
Guided tours in the mountains
Put on your hiking boots or ski boots and join us on a guided tour. We can almost guarantee that you will have a more complete experience if you let an experienced, local guide show you the way and take care of safety. Chances are you will also learn something new along the way.
Guided tours to Snøhetta mountain:
The Vang burial site
A few kilometers west of today’s city center is the Vang burial site. Just like today, Vang used to be strategically located along the main roads between east and west, north and south. The Pilgrim Path and The King’s Road over Dovrefjell also run through this important junction. The Vang site is by far Norway’s largest Iron Age burial site, and one of the largest in Northern Europe. In total, there are approximately 900 differently sized burial mounds and cairns that are concentrated in one area..
In and around the protected landscapes, there are many opportunities to experience old farms and traditional mountain farming. In Åmotsdalen valley, one of Drivdalen valley’s side valleys, visitors will find Åmotsdalen Farm
that consists of buildings from the middle of the 18th century. Here you can visit the cozy farm café called ‘Kringla’, take a walk along one of the fantastic trails, or test the main attraction – one of Norway’s most awesome ziplines. In Sunndalen, both Inner Gammelsetra Farm in Grøvudalen valley and Brubakken Dairy farm in Torbudalen valley are in full operation. Visitors can grab a cup of coffee, purchase products that have been produced on the farms, and get a closer look at the livestock.
The Pilgrim Path
Hiking in the footsteps of pilgrims in classic mountain landscape over Dovrefjell. Experience exciting cultural monuments, rich mountain flora and views of several famous rock formations. The Pilgrim Path over Dovrefjell is one of the most popular stretches of the old hiking route from Oslo to Trondheim and Nidaros Cathedral. If you walk the entire distance over Dovrefjell, you pass four old mountain lodges that have welcomed pilgrims and other travelers over many centuries. The section of the route over Dovrefjell mainly follows the old thoroughfare over the mountains, the old King’s Road.
The King’s Road over Dovrefjell
A walk along The King’s Road can provide many new experiences and discoveries for each individual hiker, but the perpetual mountain landscape that surrounds the road can also provide many of the same experiences of nature. It is said that Prince Christian Frederik became so fascinated by the mountains that he began walking towards Snøhetta when he traveled over the mountains in 1814. Similarly, Vinje describes how travelers talk about the mountain as being “so magnificently beautiful”, and writes about Snøhetta mountain as he observes it from The King’s Road over Hjerkinnhø. When walking along The King’s Road over Hjerkinnhø today, one can feel the same attraction towards the majestic Snøhetta mountain and Svånåtindan mountain to the west. A hike along The King’s Road can provide experiences that are beyond time and space, and in that way the road creates connecting lines between past and present travelers.
The King’s Road over Hjerkinnhø, 7 km
Starting points for the trip are at Jøroskloppa (parking next to E6) and Hjerkinn Fjellstue. Visitors are able to reach the highest point (Hjerkinnhø, 1210 masl) from both places and experience great views of Rondane, Snøhetta mountain and Drivdalen valley. If you keep your eyes peeled, it is possible to discover many historical and cultural monuments along The King’s Road over Hjerkinnhø, such as culverts, guard stones and stone obelisks.
The King’s Road over Vårstigen, 9 km
Vårstigen is the most famous stretch along The King’s Road. The trip offers some rather exposed sections with high dry stone walls and several vantage points from which to view the beautiful Drivdalen valley. The starting point for the trip is either Gammelholet, Nestasvollan or Hesthåggån. The stretch between Gammelholet (southern parking) to Nestasvollan is 6 km. From Nestasvollan to Hesthåggån is 3 km.
All sections are suitable for children and young hikers.Read more at The King’s Road over Dovrefjell website
The Drotningsdals Trail
This tractor road runs from Vinstradalsvegen to the mountain farms at Vårstigen. You are also allowed to cycle over to Bekkelægret, but the trail is very demanding by bicycle. You can cycle along quiet roads from the center of Oppdal west of Driva, or park next to the E6 and cycle up the beautiful Vinstradalen valley. You can also drive up Vinstradalsvegen and park about 350 meters past the junction where the Drotningdals Trail continues southwards.
Dindalshytta – Åmotsdalen
Do you like trail biking? If so, you can cycle between Dindalen valley and Åmotsdalen valley in Oppdal. Follow the track from Dindalshytta cabin to Søndre Snøfjellstjønna, and continue on the trail/cart road into Åmotsdalen valley.
There is a signposted exit to Dindalshytta cabin from the RV70 at Lønset. There is a signposted exit to Åmotsdalen valley from the E6 at Engan.
Oppdal has many cycling trails outside the protected areas, especially for those who like trail biking. You can find information at Visit Oppdal.
Kongevegen over Vårstigen
|E6, 7340 Oppdal, Norge|
Gravfeltet på Vang
|7340 Oppdal, Norge|