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.
Breheimen National Park
One of Norway's newest national parks, Breheimen opened in 2009 and covers 1691 sq km. It's wedged between the Jotunheimen and Jostedalsbreen National Parks and has some of the best hiking in the southern half of Norway. However, walking here is not for the inexperienced. Trail markings are harder to follow than in some more trodden parks and all the DNT huts are unstaffed.
Dovre National Park
Immediately north of Rondane National park, this 289-sq-km park was established in 2003 and is famous for having almost every Norwegian flora type within its borders. The park's highest point is Fokstuhøe (1716m). For more information, visit the Dombås tourist office.
Reinheimen National Park
Founded in 2006, this 1969-sq-km park stretches from Lom in the southeast to Åndalsnes in the northwest. It's a varied and relatively unexplored park that is steep and mountainous in the west with a more gentle Alpine plateau in the east. It's home to wild reindeer, wolverines and golden eagles. For more information, visit the Lom tourist office.