Innerdalen - Norways most beautiful mountain valley
Innerdalen has frequently been called the most beautiful mountain valley in Norway. Drive the RV 70 road between Sunndalsøra and Tingvoll, turn off at Ålvundeid and follow to Nedal. Park your car and enjoy a stroll for an hour the 4 kilometers to the heart of Innerdalen.
Innerdalen - Norway's first conservation area.
Innerdalen has been in the Opdøl family since it was purchased in 1740. For nearly 300 years, the valley has been used to summer farming and grazing. In the 60's started the big building of hydropower in Norway. Innerdalen valley with its steep mountains and many rivers were interesting for power generation. The then landowner Øystein Opdøl chose to turn down good power revenues, and would prevent development. He would take care of nature so that future generations could experience the unique landscape of the Innerdalen Valley. This was a very unusual opinioen by a landowner, but together with the Norwegian Alpine Club, he took the initiative to preserve their own property.
This work led to the country's first conservation area was established in Innerdalen already in 1967, with an area of 73 square kilometers.
The purpose of the protection of Innerdalen is to preserve a beautiful natural landscape that due to the topography, waterways and vegetation has significant recreational and scientific value.
The thoughts Øystein Opdøl had on environmental protection and sustainable use of nature in the 60s holds up well to this day.
Since the valley is protected, it is not possible to drive into Innerdalen, with the exception of operational execution of tourist cabins. With leisurely walk, it takes just an hour to get to the farm. The more time you use, the greater will your experience of the nature be.