The area around Furuhaugli can offer many and vary attractions:
”The jewel of Dovrefjell”. Snøhetta with 2286 meter is the largest top outside the Jotunheimen region. The view from Snøhetta is magnificent after a 4 hour walking trip up from the cabin Snøheim. The western part is the lowest one of the 4 peaks, which all is over 2200 meter. Well marked tracks can be used by yourselves or with guide in summer season.
Fokstumyra Nature Reservation
The marsh is one of the best know nature reservation for birdlife. The area was protected in 1923 as one of the first places in Norway and covers today 18.2 km2. It’s also been recognized as a Ramsar area of international importance. Ornithologists have come to this place for 200 years to see the 150 different types of birds. Through the marshes there is a wooden path of 7 km that is the only allowed track for walking inside the reservation. There is also a watch tower which can be used to see birds or moose. From Furuhaugli you can access this area by following the pilgrim path or you can drive directly to the Fokstua farm which is the starting point.
The pilgrim path is a walking track from Oslo to Trondheim. It’s been remarked to honour the holy King Olav in spiritual and cultural way. There are a lot of historical places along the path and every year there is a Pilgrim Festival with walkabouts, concerts, theatre, exhibition and divine service. This path can also be use as a walking path and the most popular route is over the Dovrefjell where it follows the old Kings Road. In combination with the DNT route of paths, you can also get roundtrips where you can walk from accommodation to accommodation. Most of the people come to us from Budsjord farm in Dovre and are on the way to Hjerkinn the next day.
The valley of Grimsdalen is a landscape reservation with the Dovre National park on one side of the road and Rondane National park on the other. Here you can find special geology phenomena and formations from the last ice age. There is also a rich flora with rare species, old Viking settlements with hunting places and hollows for catching reindeers. Around the year 1750 there were several attempts for mining in this region. The valley has been used as summer pasture for the farms in Dovre since the 1500. You can still find places like Bergseng Seter that runs traditional productions of farming.
The Wild Reindeer Centre at HjerkinnThe reindeer is an important part of our nature and culture legacy, and Norway has an international responsibility for the future of the tribe and its surroundings. The Wild Reindeer centre is an information and competence centre which shall give advice and guidance to preservation authorities and others. This centre is new from 2007 and is still under development.
The cabin Snøheim was built by DNT (Norwegian Tourist Union) in 1952. When the army made their shooting field at Hjerkinn in 1959, the cabin was transfer to the Norwegian Defence. When the army now is withdrawing from the area, Snøheim has been given back to the DNT. Today it is a cultural remembrance with a maintenance need. In the coming years they will try to get the cabin back to the unique status it once had.
By following the pilgrim path north from Furuhaugli, you will come to Dovregubbens Hall. Here they have a small museum and gallery of figurative weaver, souvenir shop and Café.
Folldal mines can offer a variety of activities and shows in the old construction. The train trip inside is very special and can be recommended.
The church at Hjerkinn was built in 1969, in special concrete construction. It is placed along the old Kings Road (now pilgrim path) on Dovrefjell and is very central during the Pilgrim Festival every year as well as a popular tourist attraction.
On this location old settlement was found. It is now marked with an information plate. It’s said to be one of the first accommodation places over the mountain, and they found a lot of interesting discoveries during the examinations.
Directly behind Furuhaugli lies the most Southern part in Norway with permafrost. It means that the part of the marshes is frozen the whole year. For Geologists this is a very important measure for climate changes. The area is very sensitive and is register as Haukskardmyrin Nature Reservation.
Several biology classes visit us every year to see the great botanic nature on Dovrefjell. In spring during the snow melting, you can find the small beautiful flower called Mogop (Anemone Vernalis). At Kongsvold they have a botanic garden with several of the famous mountain flowers and plants.
Dombås National park centre
The centre in Dombås is full of information of the national parks of Rondane, Dovre, Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella or other protected areas in this region. You can also find information about cultural history, stone- age settlements, fishing, hunting, musk ox or other wildlife on the mountain. A large model of the region, pictures and films clip, help you on your way further into this landscape.