A snowy kingdom

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Jamtaland – Foto: Anders Robertsson

Text: Cecilie Larvåg

Intelligent life has existed on the outermost naked isle in the archipelago off the coast of Trøndelag ever since the Stone Age. Apart from finds from 11th century farms, we know very little about the people who lived there all those years ago. However, it’s highly likely that the basic way of life at this isolated outpost, exposed to the elements and only a stone’s throw from the edible treasures of the sea, has changed little over the past 10,000 years.


Jamtalnd – Foto: Anders Robertsson


Owing to the school and its famous students, Meråker is becoming an attractive ski destination for people travelling from far beyond Trøndelag.

The municipality with a population of just 2,500 has invested heavily in an alpine resort and an extensive network of cross-country ski trails to supplement a wild and beautiful mountain terrain. The combination of pristine wilderness and family-friendly slalom slopes and ski trails is proving popular. Being just over an hour’s drive from Trondheim and even closer to Værnes Airport makes this white winter adventure easily accessible.

“Half the Trondheim region make a pilgrimage here during winter,” says Frode Estil.

The 1,043 m high mountain Mannfjellet is especially popular among powder hunters with touring skis. However, it’s worth noting that Mannfjellet is just one of 26 mountain peaks in Meråker municipality that exceeds 1,000 m.

One person who an above average interest in ski touring is Hallgeir Martin Lundemo, initiator of the Meråker Mountain Challenge, which takes place in July every year. He also works as a mountain guide and public speaker (26peaks.no). The original plan was to conquer all 26 peaks in one day, but that proved to be too tough even a keen mountain skier like Lundemo. He turns urbanites into mountain people on wonderful hikes and treks all year round in the area that he knows like the back of his hand.





The white landscape and cold, fine weather is also ideal for a sledding adventure. You can experience being at one with nature, and all the breaks the silence is the tactful breathing of the Alaskan huskies and perhaps your own shrieks of joy. Norway Husky Adventure (huskyadventure.no) and Aspåsen Gård og Husky (hundekjoringmeraker.no) offer adventures ranging from a couple of hours to multi-day expeditions in the mountains. Several local operators also rent out snowmobiles.

Huskey adventure. Foto: Lene-Mari-Proven

Scootertur – Foto Lene-Mari-Proven


Just across the Swedish border is the village of Storlien. You will discover kilometre after kilometre of groomed cross-country trails and a wonderful alpine resort here too. After being closed for several years, the classic Storlien Högfjällshotell has new owners and is expected to open for the winter season 22/23.

On both sides of the border, you can find comfortable accommodation in mountain lodges, historic hotels, cabins and at campsites (see meraker-storlien.com). If admiring the clear, starry sky while you are warm and cosy under your duvet sounds tempting after an active day on the slopes, the alpine resort in Meråker (merakeralpinsenter.com) and Rypetoppen Adventurepark (rypetoppen.no) both have an Arctic Dome.

In the wintertime, groups of a minimum of 10 people can test their sense of adventure on via ferrata and ziplines over an impressive canyon at Rypetoppen Adventurepark.       

There is a strong focus on local food throughout the food region covering Trøndelag and the border areas. Enjoy great flavours from Meråker at Verksgården (groups only) or Fjellbistroen in Fagerlia (kirkebyfjellet.no). If you want to sample local beer, head to the mountain lodge Teveltunet Fjellstue (teveltunet.no) and the hosts will tempt you with the range from their own brewery. In Storlien, Flamman Skafferi (flamman.nu) is earning praise for its dishes composed of produce from the surrounding forests, mountains and lakes, while Le Ski (leski.se) near the railway station combines tasty food on your plate with nostalgia on the walls.



The snow melts each spring, even in the winter playground of Meråker and the border mountains. As the landscape turns from white to green, visitors are attracted by other experiences. The entire Trøndelag region is an activity park for adventurers of all ages:

Experiences include climbing parks, via ferrata and ziplines, countless lakes to explore with canoes and tents, horseback riding in the forests and mountains, freshwater and sea fishing, world-class diving, mountain hiking in pristine nature, local culinary experiences to suit every taste and much more.

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