Tour de Dovre
Tour de Dovre is a bikepacking route in Norway that takes you through 3 national parks; Dovre National Park, Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park and Rondane National Park. The route is about 130km (80 miles), but can be extended by 3 detours which add tremendously to the experience. The standard route is usually taken in 4 days and is perfect for families, or those with little experience. Since we had only a 3 day opening in the weather, we pushed ourselves a little as I was travelling with a bikepacking newbie.
A few months ago I had convinced my partner to buy a new bike and join me on my adventures. It was a simple hybrid as she wanted to use this for commuting, but I of course upgraded it little by little. The first time I took her out, I wasn't completely honest about the route. There was a bit of bike hiking involved, and she was not happy about it. Ever heard of silently furious? Well, lets just say the rest of the trip was a bit lonely. As soon as we reached our destination, and I lit the campfire, it was all forgotten. Even though we push our bodies up the gnarliest of hills, we live for the moments that make it all worth it. And remember, it's not an adventure unless you have suffered a bit.
Even though her introduction wasn't the best, she was still eager to come on the 130 km (80 mile) trip laden with luggage. (I think the meals I prepare at the end of each day was a carrot)!
We started at the ski resort in Dombås as the climb is not as bad if you start from the center, and there is free parking there. From there, the first part of the route is relatively easy with a sharp incline from the valley up to the pass.
Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park is the realm of wild reindeer. It is here you find Europe's last wild reindeer herds. The local reindeer population is not mixed with the domestic reindeer and keeps their unique genetic code. If you are lucky, you will be able to observe them from a distance. Unlike the northern tame reindeer, they are shy animals and wary of humans. If you see the reindeer before they spot you, stay still until they are gone.