Blåfjella-Skjækerfjella National Park/Låarte-Skæhkere vaarjelimmiedajve is a large national park in Trøndelag. It was opened in 2004 to protect ancient forests, mountains, varied wildlife and an area with very little human interference.
This is one of the largest national parks in Norway with both forested areas and rocky highland mountains. There are a large number of cultural heritage sites in Blåfjella-Skjækerfjella, particularly of Southern Sami origin. The national park is well suited for fishing, hunting, trekking and other adventures.
The national park is known for its large populations of ptarmigan and woodland birds. It’s possible to catch trout and char in the mountain lakes. Moose hunting is also permitted in parts of the national park, but not in the former Gressåmoen National Park. Many reed deer and roe deer graze in the valleys and on the hillsides, while wolverines, lynx and bears are also observed regularly. There are also many wetland birds, birds of prey and owls, several of which are on the list of vulnerable and threatened species.
There is active reindeer husbandry in the national park, and you will often see reindeer in the area. Be considerate of the reindeers need to be left alone on patches of snow on hot summer days. Be especially considerate in spring when the reindeer have their young.
Want to experience the national park?
Much of Blåfjella-Skjækerfjella comprises of low mountains and gentle terrain. The many marked hiking trails in the southern part of the park makes the area ideal for family hikes. In the northern part of the national park there are mountains over 1000 masl, including Midtiklumpen (1333 m above sea level), the highest mountain.
In Namdalen you can start your fishing trip or trek from several places. Trongen in Grong, by the National Park-Stone at Lifjellet or by gateway Tjallia (hiking trail to Lakavatnet). Blåfjella-Skjækerfjella National Park is signposted from E6. The trail to the National-Park Monument stone is signposted from Fv74. The stone is located right on the edge of the national park and is a lovely afternoon hike. Visitor centre national park Lierne is the official informational centre for the park.
Accommodation in and around the national park
For longer hikes, it’s good to know that there are several places to stay in the park. Tenting and wild camping is obviously allowed but be sure to bring back any garbage and do not damage any local fauna. The Norwegian trekking association also rents out Holden Fjellgård (mountain farm) and the Skjækerdalshytta cabin on a self-catering basis. Several other accommodation options are also available. There are also excellent places to eat nearby.