In 1962, Rondane became the country's first National Park. In 2003, it was expanded by 963 square kilometres, and Dovre National Park (289 square kilometres) was established. Together with special landscape areas, the Parks create a continuous protected area from Ringebu Mountains to Hjerkinn.
Rondane is a centrally-located, majestic range and a principal outdoor recreation area for greater parts of southern Norway. It consists of three prominent mountain groups, all with peaks over 2000 metres. Rondvasshøgde lies to the east, with the Storronden and Rondslottet peaks, at 2178 m elevation, the highest of all. Smiubelgen lies to the west, with the equally lofty Veslesmeden, Storsmeden and Trolltinden peaks connected by small saddles. In a deep gorge, the Rondvatnet lake cuts in between these wild mountains. The deep Langglupdalen separates the third group of Høgronden, Midtronden and Digerronden from Rondvasshøgde and Rondslottet.
The Rondane net of lodges and trails continues eastward into Alvdal Vestfjell. With Storsølnkletten as the natural centre, there are many choices of hikes in the area.
Most popular routes
Rondane: The tour from Mysusæter via Spranget to Rondvassbu, and the tour to Peer Gynthytta from Høvringen.
Alvdal Vestfjell: The tour from Strambu to Breisjøseter.
Good starting points
Rondane: Mysusæter, Høvringen, Hjerkinn, Grimsdalen, Dørålseter, Straumbu and Rondetunet.
Alvdal Vestfjell: Atnbrua, Straumbu, Stodsbuøya, Frankseter, Flatseter and Kvislåseter.
In addition to the 1:50,000 scale main map series, the area is covered by several well updated trekking maps: a 1:100,000 Cappelens map of Rondane (2000) covers the entire area including Alvdal Vestfjell, while the 1:50,000 trekking maps of Rondane Nord (1999) and Rondane Sør (1999) together cover Rondane from Hjerkinn and southward.