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In Western and Northern Norway in particular, the highlands above the tree-line are generally mountainous. The Norwegian equivalent of the word mountain is fjell. However, in proper names Norwegian has lots of suffixes meaning mountain. The prefix Troll is common. A troll is a mythical creature living inside the mountains, but it turns to stone when exposed to sunlight. Trolls are very ugly, often big or even gigantic, usually rather stupid, and else resemble humans in good and bad ways. May I add that nearly all images on this page are from Trollheimen and Trolltindene

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Blåhø (alt. 1671 m) and the lake Svarttjørn, Trollheimen

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Blåhø in the morning light. The dew still on the tent

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Blåhø, end of September.

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Blåhø in the middle of October at sunset

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Blåsalen ("The Blue Hall"), an ice cave close to Blåhø

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Inside Blåsalen September 1996.

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Autumn in the upper part of the mountain birch region

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Autumn colors. The trail from Gjevilvasshytta to Trollheimshytta

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Gjevilvatnet in Oppdal, autumn – and spring

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"The Little Hell" in the Trollhetta massif, Trollheimen.

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The Minilla valley in the morning. View from Svarthamran

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A young hiker.

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Near midsummer and midnight, a flock of reindeer passing by

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Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus)

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Rock Ptarmigan chick. Look closely where you tread

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Small Tortoiseshell butterflies on Moss Campion

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Emerging from her very first dip in freezing point water

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The mountain Snota at sunset viewed from Storlifjellet

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Just another sunset, viewed from the same place as above

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From the north end of Storlifjellet, Trollheimen

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The top of Snota on a warm summer day

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This small green lake 500 meters below the peak of Snota

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The outlet of the lake Vassdalsvatnet ends in a water curtain

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Golden light at sunset. Sprikletjørnin and Neådalssnota

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Spring twilight, view from a mountain top

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Vangshaugen south of the valley Sunndalen, September

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Hiking to Trolltindene: Mountains Bispen and Kongen. Trollstigen.

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From Trolltindene: Trollkjerringa and Trollgubben

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Bruraskaret in Trolltindene was used for BASE-jumping.

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The shadow of Trolltindene and glimpses of Romsdal

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Theme pages

 Flowers of the highlands 
 – Gems scattered over the wasteland

 The cairn on Blåhø 
 – built August 1893 ...

 Innerdalen 
 – "Norway's most beautiful valley"

The mountains must be experienced on foot. Spend some money on proper shoes and bring extra clothing for bad weather; this might be essential for survival, on rare occasions even in summer. Bring also maps and a compass – and learn how to use them (old daddy speaking). Your mobile phone can't be trusted at all, but bring it anyway. You can chose to roam the mountains with a heavy rucksack, a tent, and a sleeping bag, or you may hike along blazed trails from one lodging ("hytte" or "bu") to another. And – don't do as old daddy did – don't do this alone.

Home of the raven – sounds great, doesn't it? It is great hearing the soft sound of their wings when a raven couple flies overhead. There are other birds too, like the rough-legged hawk couple circling high in the sky, and – then those seagulls that have been her since their predators were hunted down more than half a century ago. On you level you might come across a female rock ptarmigan and her silent, non-smelling and 'invisible' offspring. Of mammals we have the reindeer, domesticated in some areas, native – the old bucks with enormous antlers – in some areas. And if you hope to see a wolverine – you might if you're very patient.

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changed 2012-12-15