Dombås, a popular adventure and winter-sports centre, comprises little more than a couple of petrol stations and a shopping complex, and is far outdone in the beauty stakes by its surroundings. It does make a convenient break for travellers between the highland national parks and the western fjords, though.
The desolate and beautiful Hardangervidda plateau, part of the 3430-sq-km Hardangervidda National Park, Norway's largest, ranges across an otherworldly tundra landscape that's the southernmost refuge of the Arctic fox (the natural population of which has increased through reintroduction programs) and home to Norway's largest herd of wild reindeer.
Finse, which lies at 1222m near the Hardangerjøkulen icecap, is accessible only by train, bike or foot, and is the place in central Norway for a wild, Arctic-like wilderness experience. Its bleak and remote lakeside setting is addictive, whether seen sparkling under blue skies with a fresh coat of snow or on a cold, grey day when the winds lash across the tundra and glaciers.
Rondane National Park
Henrik Ibsen described the landscapes that now make up the 963-sq-km Rondane National Park as 'palace piled upon palace'. It was created in 1962 as Norway's first national park to protect the fabulous Rondane massif, regarded by many as the finest alpine hiking country in Norway.