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.
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.
Femundsmarka National Park
The national park (573 sq km) that stretches east of Femunden, Norway's second-largest lake, to the Swedish border, was formed in 1971 to protect the lake, forests, marshes and mountain peaks of the area. Sadly overlooked by foreign tourists, the park has been named one of the best three hiking areas in Norway by the Norwegian hiking association.
The small Trollheimen range, with a variety of trails through gentle mountains and lake-studded upland regions, is most readily accessed from Oppdal. From Oppdal take the west bound 70 road for 15km to the village of Albu where a toll road (Nkr50 by car), signed Gjevilvasshytta, leads 8.