Attractions in Forollhogna
Why visit Forollhogna?
- Hike and cycle along a network of trails and quiet roads
- Visit active mountain farms rich with tradition
- Fish for salmon and trout in the rivers and lakes
- Enjoy unique cultural experiences and award-winning local food
- Take a trip to nearby Røros, a World Heritage site
Forollhogna is a mountain area in central Norway. At the heart of this area lies the Forollhogna National Park. Lush valleys with traditional mountain farms stretch onto the mountain plateau from all sides. The villages on the outskirts are home to one of the most vibrant farming communities found in Norway.
The network of trails and quiet mountain farm roads are well suited to cycling and hiking, taking you from the villages up into the peace and quiet of the mountains. The local lakes and rivers are known for excellent fishing with salmon and trout on offer. In the fall, the area is a popular location for hunting wild reindeer, moose, and grouse.
The long traditions of farming in the area have created a unique cultural heritage and local hospitality includes sharing stories and knowledge on local history. Accommodation can be found in farms, guesthouses, and cabins throughout the area. Food produced in the region, particularly dairy products, is an important part of the culture for the community.
Vingelen is the national park village and the most easily accessible park gateway from Oslo. Home to 500 residents, Vingelen has some of the most well-preserved wooden buildings in Norway and plenty of opportunities for exploration. You will also find the Forollhogna information centre in the village. Further to the east lies Dalsbygda with its rich animal and plant life and options for hiking and cycling.
To the north, Budal is a key access point for those coming from Trondheim. Valleys stretch in towards the national park offering hiking through mountain farms and fishing in rivers and lakes. Kvikne in the west features the national park center at Vollan gård and its own interesting selection of hiking and fishing adventures.
The best time to visit Forollhogna
The true beginning and end of the seasons varies depending on snowfalls and general weather conditions. The Norwegian national weather service provides detailed weather reports and forecasts for Forollhogna in English.
In the villages around Forollhogna, winter typically arrives in November with snow covering the ground shortly after. In December and January temperatures can reach as low as -30°C.
Ski season starts around Christmas, but in some areas the trails are ready from November. Most of the roads to the mountain farms are closed for cars once snow makes them unpassable. This means that most ski trails start in the villages and the relatively easy terrain makes the mountains quite accessible. February, March and April are all excellent months for skiing.
Spring is short in Forollhogna and May and June can have quite variable weather. There are both warm days with sun and cold days with snowfalls and stiff breezes. But suddenly the snow will melt and the local wildlife, including grouse, moose, and various bird species, begin to make themselves known.
The mountain farm roads typically open in the first half of June. While the snow is still melting it can be nice to hike or cycle on the roads without having to share them with cars.
In the summer months the farming activity increases with sheep and cattle sent out to pasture for July and August. This is also the period for organized activities and cultural events in the villages.
Summer is excellent for fishing in the local rivers and mountain lakes. Accommodation can be found in farms, guesthouses, and cabins. There are also many nice camping spots in the areas surrounding the mountains and along the main waterways.
Fall in Forollhogna is strongly connected with hunting. Hunting for wild reindeer begins in late August and grouse hunting starts in mid-September.
There are clear days with sun and cold nights. The autumn colours make it possibly the nicest time to be in the mountains and many mountain farms offer accommodation.
Hiking and cycling are also popular, with wild mushrooms in the valleys and blueberries in the mountains tempting you to pick them.
The Forollhogna area lies in central Norway and can be easily accessed from both Oslo and Trondheim.
A trip to Forollhogna should be combined with a visit to the charming town of Røros, to the east. Røros is a World Heritage site and former mining center with a fascinating history and strong local food culture.
The Røros railway which runs between Trondheim and Hamar provides access to Forollhogna from the south, east, and north. Tynset, Tolga, Os, and Røros stations are located close to Vingelen and Dalsbygda villages. The stations Kotsøy and Rognes are the closest to Budalen.
An environmentally friendly and fun option is to take the train and then cycle to Vingelen from either Tolga (9 km) or Tynset (21 km). It’s possible to ride along low-traffic local and gravel roads, through rural villages and mountain pastures.
It is possible to rent a car in Tynset or Røros, or you can take a taxi from the station to any of the gateway villages.
Forollhogna can be easily reached by car. From Oslo, it is a 350 km, 4.5 hour drive to reach Vingelen, the national park village and a key gateway to the park. From Vingelen, it’s just 30 minutes further to Dalsbygda, another gateway.
From Trondheim, it’s a short 80 km drive, or around 1.5 hours, to reach Budal, the northern gateway to the park. Alternatively, continue further south on the E6 highway before turning on to national road 3 to Kvikne, the western portal.
A small selection of rental cars are available in Tynset (Avis and Hertz) and Røros (Hertz).