In Norway we like to believe we live in a green country, with all that unspoilt nature and also doing a lot to keep it that way. Actually we have had national parks for only 50 years, while Sweden, our beloved neighbor to the east, was the first country in Europe to create national parks. In 1909, and that is more than a hundred years ago. But last weekend I visited our first national park, Rondane National Park. And that was a great experience.
I went to the valley of Dørålen in the midst of the park, and could drive there, which is highly unusual in a norwegian national park. Most of them are created in remote areas where no one lives, and you have to hike for hours or days to get there. There had been frost, and the autumn had coloured the landscape.
I went with a group of photographers, and we went out to see the sunrise in the mountains. It only lasted about a minute.
There wasn’t time for hiking, but I climbed this hillside were I get a view towards the Rondane mountain massif, and to Døråseter, which are old summer mountain farms that now provides food and lodging for mountain hikers. The red T shows how the Norwegian Trekking Association markes the routes through the high mountains. There are more photos from Rondane in my photo gallery, and I also made a small video.