In Oppdal boredom is never a problem, with activities like Musk Ox Safari, cycling tracks, kiting, hiking, alpine slopes in four different mountains, and many more.
In Gauldal, northeast of Oppdal, the Salmon River Gaula, and the Forollhogna National Park are the major attraction. The Gaula is one of the world’s best rivers for anglers seeking to catch Atlantic salmon. In Forollhogna you can hike or cycle in beautiful, pristine countryside. In Forollhogna National Park reindeer safari is also amongst the adventures you can take part in.
The mountain areas of Dovrefjell and Trollheimen provide the rural district with a fantastic setting and a historical atmosphere. Extensive mountain areas have been preserved as national parks or protected landscape areas. Wild reindeer, musk oxen, wolverines and arctic foxes live there.
Oppdal boasts one of Norway’s largest alpine skiing centers, comprising 39 slopes and 18 lifts. There is even a separate area for daredevils looking for an adrenaline kick. If you want a more strenuous skiing experience, Oppdal has over 100 kilometers of cross-country ski trails. For non-ski activities you can try ice climbing up frozen waterfalls, snow rafting/air boarding, dog-sledding or kiting. In Gauldal there are miles of marvelous ski trails in the region and many excellent lakes that are well-suited for ice fishing.
Wilderness and fishing
Oppdal is an excellent base for exploring some of Europe’s last wilderness areas: Dovrefjell and Trollheimen. Musk ox and elk safaris are popular activities and every day groups of curious tourists go on guided tours of Dovrefjell national park and 70 km of the Pilgrim Way to Nidaros go through historical mountains and valleys in Oppdal.
Test your courage and tactical skills in the fantastic surroundings of a wilderness camp. If you want further challenges, try the bike park, parachuting, or paintball to name a few.
Oppdal is an eldorado for cyclists. You can ride through beautiful countryside of Oppdal along marked tracks to cultural attractions, or perhaps you would prefer to try downhill cycling in Oppdal Bike Park on awesome trails near the ski lift facility?
In the River Driva you can safely try rafting and a number of other river sports in the company of skilful guides. The Skjørstadhovden gondola offers a 360 degree panoramic view of Oppdal and the surrounding mountains.
The region has huntable populations of elk, wild reindeer, red deer and roe deer, and opportunities for fishing are also very good with over 115 lakes to choose from. The many mountain lakes and the River Driva offer great scope for anglers.
In Gauldal you can experience the peace and quiet life in Gauldal`s beautiful and unspoiled nature, with or without a fishing rod. Gauldal`s large forest and mountain areas have an abundance of wildlife. One of Norway`s largest herds of reindeers can be found here. Hunting for elk, roe-deer, hare, reindeer and Ryper is practiced in large areas in the county, including in Forollhogna National Park.
Gaula is well known among salmon fishermen, both in Norway and abroad, and has been a concept since the sport was developed by English lords and other famous personalities in the last century. Many anglers have had their best experiences by the width of the Gaula, Sokna or Bua, who in total have 85 miles of salmon-bearing river.
The boat to Lake Gjevilvatnet, “Trollheimen II,” will take you on a fantastic cruise deep into the Trollheimen Mountains. And while you are at Lake Gjevilvatnet, finding a finer beach than Rauøra will require a trip to far more southerly latitudes.