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My first two images in this theme was from the South valley, one of three valleys leading into Forollhogna National Park from the north side. The present one was taken in Endalen, another valley used for access to the park.

Some weeks ago I published an image from the summer farm museum located in the outskirts of the national park, this image shows the real thing: Summer farming has a long tradition in this area, and even today we can find old summer farm buildings dating as far back as the 1600s (I will show later).

The most interesting feature is that quite a few of the old summer farms in the area are operational today, as the farmers bring the cattle to the mountains for the summer. In the first years after WW2 there were around 50.000 summer farms in Norway, today they say there are less than a thousand left.

The production on the summer farms is traditional with cheese, sour cream and butter as the most important.

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Forollhogna National Park was established in December 2001 as the 19th national park in Norway. The total conservation area is 1514 km2, comprising a Iow-middle alpine mountain plateau in the surroundings of Mt Forollhogna. The park is situated in the northern part of Hedmark and the southern part of Sør-Trøndelag counties, where the ground is dominated by limestone sediments which create a nutrient rich soil well suited for plant growth.

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