Skarvan and Roltdalen National Park

Skarvan and Roltdalen National Park (Norwegian: Skarvan og Roltdalen nasjonalpark) is a national park in Trøndelag county, Norway. The park is located in the municipalities of Selbu, Tydal, Meråker, and Stjørdal, not too far from the border with Sweden to the east.

Skarvan and Roltdalen National Park
Skarvan og Roltdalen National Park logo.svg
Skarvan 1.jpg
The Skarvan mountains seen from across the Trondheimsfjord
LocationTrøndelag, Norway
Coordinates63°13′N 11°25′E / 63.217°N 11.417°E / 63.217; 11.417Coordinates: 63°13′N 11°25′E / 63.217°N 11.417°E / 63.217; 11.417
Area441.5 km2 (109,100 acres)
Governing bodyDirectorate for Nature Management
Skarvan sett fra den vestliggende toppen Gråfjellet.

The 441.5-square-kilometre (170.5 sq mi) park was opened in 2004 and it borders the Stråsjøen-Prestøyan nature reserve. The park includes a large spruce forested area (the Roltdalen valley is the largest roadless mountain valley in southern Trøndelag county) as well as the Skarvan mountainous region which is typical of the Trøndelag region, both in cultural and natural history.

The Skarvan mountains, which stretch from Ruten to Fongen is the most notable mountainous area in the region. Trondhjems Turistforening maintains a network of touring trails connecting Roltdalen to the trail network of the Nord-Trøndelag Tourist Association and trails in the Sylan area.[1]


The name of the park is a combination of two names. Skarvan is the finite plural of skarv which means "mountain without vegetation". The first element in the name Roltdalen (for Rotldalen, see metathesis) comes from the river name Rotla and the last element is the finite form of dal which means "dale" and "valley". The meaning of the river name is unknown.


  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Skarvan og Roltdalen nasjonalpark" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-02-28.

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