One of the largest alpine ski resorts in central Norway, Oppdal is named after an old farm on which the village’s historic church now stands. It serves as a gateway to Dovrefjell National Park – the only place in Norway where you can see the muskox in its natural habitat.
Skiers can choose between four different mountains for downhill pursuits or there are around 100 kilometres of cross-country skiing trails to explore. Visiting in the summer months? You can hike part of the 643-kilometre-long Pilgrim’s Way, which extends from the ruins of Mariakirken to Trondheim’s Nidaros Cathedral.
Mountain bikers can tackle the spectacular route that links Oppdal and Åndalsnes, taking in some of Norway’s most beautiful scenery. For a dose of history, visit the Oppdal Museum, which features several log houses dating from the 16th to early 20th centuries where craft demonstrations and cultural events are held.
Oppdal is around two hours’ drive from Trondheim Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe. The Dovrebanen railway line connects from Trondheim to the Oppdal railway station while the village centre is compact enough to explore on foot.