Natural surroundings and cultural history

Did you know that…

– Oksskolten (1916 m) is the highest mountain in Northern Norway.

– Austre Okstindbre is one of the oldest glaciers in Norway, and is especially interesting to climate researchers.

– Røssvatnet is Norway’s second-largest lake.

– Rabothytta cabin is named in honour of Charles Rabot. In 1883 the French glaciologist, explorer and friend of Fridtjof Nansen, made one of the first recorded ascents of Oksskolten.

– A Sami man named Klemet Persson, who was Rabot’s guide on his expeditions in Okstindan, lived beneath a cliff overhang at the foot of the mountain. He was reputed to be a shaman. His story is presented in a biannual historical musical play (

– The indigenous Southern Sami still herd reindeer in the Hemnes district.

– In Bleikvasslia you can visit “Sørfjelltunet” with reconstructed Sami settlements, an attractive recreational area that young and old will appreciate and an old school that occasionally serves as a café offering fresh-baked kamkake. This facility was awarded the prestigious St. Olav’s Rose for its contribution to preserving Norway’s cultural heritage.