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“Venue” Snøheim, Dovrefjell Norway

 A list of what to bring can be found here: List

Transport information can be found here: Transport

Below you can find three new pictures taken by Øyvind Paasche during preparation for the field day at Snøheim.

 

There is a minibus leaving from Bergen on Sunday the 19th going to Snøheim with return on Septhember the 1st. We still have a few available seats so if anyone is in Bergen at that time and want to join, please let as know asap!

 

Snøheim is located close to one of Norways national parks, Dovre National Park. The national park was founded in 2003 and has an area of 289 square kilometers.

Dovre is the area that divides the sounth-eastern parts of Norway from the northern areas and is a popular hiking area every season. The highest peak in the area is called Snøhetta at 2286 meters above sea level, making it the highest mountain in Norway outside Jotunheimen. Snøhetta consists of four peaks where all is possible to climb, but of varying difficulty.

Snøhetta is called “The jewel of Norway”.

 

The landscape on the Dovre mountains were formed during the last ice age, and still bears evidence of this, where you can find melt-water channels, potholes and ridges of sand and gravel.

 

Close to Dovre national park is the Rondane national Park. Rondane was Norway’s first national park, founded in 1962.  Both areas are characterized by bare rocks, heather and moss. Although nature is barren, there is a rich flora and fauna.

Dovre is one of the few places in Europe where there is still a wild deer population and if you are lucky you could also meet the large musk-ox. Dovre and Rondane together forms a continues mountain route, and provides emigration routes for the wild rain deer. Hunting of rain deer is common during the autumn season and goes way back in history and is still an important part of the culture in the area. The wolverine earlier disappeared from the park but is now coming back. There have also been seen golden eagles and falcons in the area together with arctic fox and snowy owl.  You can find many arctic plants in the area, amongst them hawkweed leaved- and grained saxifrage and the arctic poppy. There can be found palsa mires in the national park. Palsa mires mean an area where there is perma frost all year long. However, with the changing climate the palsa mires might be endangered. 

We are going to stay at Snøheim turist cabin ( www.ut.no/hytte/snoeheim ). Snøheim is situated 1474 m.a.s.l and has 80 beds. The cabin was built by the Norwegian tourist association (Den Norske Turistforening www.DNT.no ) in 1952, and has since then been used by the military. The cabin has been closed for the public for 50 years but is re-opening this summer. Snøheim is one of the Norwegian tourist associations operated cabins; this means that the cabin is run by hosts. In this case Snøheim is run by Marit and Kjell Hjellødegaard. The cabin is operated and this means that dinner is served, and they have rights to serve beer and wine.  

You can click onto this page and search for Snøheim for further location (www.ut.no/kart ).

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18-1 2013

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