Børgefjell/Byrkije National Park was established in 1963 as Norway’s second national park. In 1932, the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) decided that cabins or marked trails would not be constructed in Børgefjell and that the area should be protected as wilderness. Consequently, there are few cabins and marked trails in the area.
Børgefjell is not a pronounced tourist area and the chances are high that you will have the nature to yourself. The national park covers a large mountainous area roughly in the middle of the country, which is bounded by the Swedish border. Børgefjell offers powerful sensory impressions with large watercourses, waterfalls and rivers.
The landscape is characterized by several centuries of Southern Sami reindeer husbandry, which is still practiced in this area to this day. The area is a vibrant cultural landscape containing many cultural monuments.
The national park may be divided into four areas: the western mountain range with pointed peaks, narrow valleys and wild rivers, the eastern mountain range with rounded peaks and elongated lakes in wide valleys, the high plateaus from the Susendalen valley to the Virmadalen valley that separate the two mountain ranges from one another, and the mountain area south of the Orvassdalen valley.
There is virtually no infrastructure development in the national park, so you must equip yourself to find the way and somewhere to sleep overnight.
There are several open huts in the outskirts of the national park where you can seek shelter if the weather gets too rough. Click here for information about these huts.