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Tynset is the Centre of the
Nord-Østerdalen Region of Hedmark county. Tynset is well
positioned in the centre of the mainland Norway. It can easily be
reached by rail, road and air. RV3 - the
shortest route between Oslo and Trondheim - runs through Tynset. The
Rondevegen connects Tynset with Lillehammer and Røros and continues into
Sweden. RV30 through Rendalen also continues
into Sweden. The Rørosbanen railway line connects Tynset with Oslo and
Trondheim. Røros Airport, 55 km. away, is part of the national network.
Small planes can also use Tynset Airport.
Tynset is bordered in Hedmark on the northeast by Tolga, in the south by
Rendalen and Alvdal, and in the west by Folldal and Oppdal. In the
neighbouring county of Sør-Trøndelag Tynset is bordered to the north by
Rennebu and Midtre Gauldal, and in the west by Oppdal.
The municipality of Tynset was created in 1838. Alvdal was
originally a part of Tynset, but it was separated as a municipality of
its own in 1864. The old municipality of Kvikne was merged with Tynset
The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old farm
Tynset (Norwegian: Tunnusetr), since the first
church was built here. The first element is the genitive case of the
river name Tunna (now Tonna), the last element
is setr as 'homestead, farm'. (The meaning of
the river name is unknown.)
Until 1918 the name was written "Tønset".
The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1985). It shows the head of an
Making a living
With its population of 5400 Tynset is the
centre of the Nord-Østerdalen region. It is a modern business and
shopping centre with a wide variety of business activities. Agriculture
and forestry are still the traditional ways of making a living but
municipal administration and service industries such as computer
industry, law, finance and construction are playing an increasing role.
Tynset has most of the functions of a regional centre because of its
schools and hospital and many of the region's intermunicipal services
have naturally been positioned in Tynset: The Family Centre, Centre for
School Psychology etc. There are several supermarkets
and grocery shops, sport shops selling (fly fishing) tackle, and there
is a Vinmonopolet. (The Wine Monopoly, commonly shortened to
Polet is a government owned alcoholic beverage retailer and the only
company allowed to sell beverages containing more than 4.7% alcohol in
Tynset produces the traditional Norwegian
form of transport - the "kicker". It is made in two versions: Rappen and
Tarzan. The world's largest kicker dominates Tynset Square - four times
life-size. Tynset also used to produce the latex Troll souvenirs. The
production has now moved abroad. But a giant, though ugly, troll still
watches over Tynset Square.
A cultural centre
Tynset has a rich cultural life with a huge range of organizations in
sports, music, drama, the arts and youth work.
When the centre for the arts (kulturhuset) was opened in 1988, Tynset
entered a new era and the centre has become a living breathing cultural
home for the population of Tynset and Nord-Østerdalen. The centre houses
concerts, plays, cinemas, a library, art exhibition, rehearsals,
reunions, conferences and festivals - and also has a cafe where people
Tynset's first sports hall (Tynsethallen) was built in 1986. Then, in
1996, a second sports hall (Holmenhallen) was opened. A swimming pool
and smaller Gymnastic Hall in the building connecting them complete a
set of sports facilities, which few municipalities of Tynset's size can
Tynset is known for its vast areas of forest and mountain, which are
ideal for skiing, walking, cycling, hunting and fishing. In many areas
there are signposted paths and ski tracks are ploughed in winter.
Savalen is known internationally for its speed-skating rink. Many
personal, national and international records have been broken on this
rink. Now Savalen has also developed a football pitch, an arena for
Nordic skiing and biathlon, roller-ski track, an alpine area and 90-km.
Of cross-country skiing tracks. Savalen has become a place, which is
especially designed for the handicapped and includes wheelchair paths
and a specially equipped fishing pier. Savalen now suits people of
different ages who like different outdoor pursuits. With its various
types of accommodation Savalen has become a perfect holiday area.
Wild life and preservation
Tynset has many wild life areas, which are national treasures. The
geological formation in Ripan and Gammeldalen are extremely interesting.
Ripan witnesses to the existence of a lake formed by glaciations during
the last ice age. In Gammeldalen you will find some beautifully formed
corries also created during the ice age.
Life on the seters
Tynset can be proud of being one of those municipalities that has many
of its mountain farms (seter) still in production. It is therefore
possible to visit such farms when out hiking and this is a valuable
experience both for children and adults. Tynset municipality also rents
chalets, which used to belong to mountain farms.
Locations and events
(Minutes by car from Tynset)
Kvikne Mines - Odden. The remains of mining operations begun in 1632.
Kvikne Church. A cross-shaped timber church built in 1652, with a
richly decorated interior. The altarpiece is Norway's finest Renaissance
altarpiece. (45 min.)
Vollan Farm and Chapel. The farm was originally built in the mining
period. The core of the building dates from the 17th century. This is
one of the few farms in the country with its own private chapel. (45
Vollandagan. Annual festival connected with the traditional life of
Bjørgan rectory, Kvikne. The birthplace of the author Bjørnstjerne
Bjørnson. (50 min.)
Soapstone quarry, Kvikneskogen, dates from 400-600 BC. (30 min.+ 45 min.
Røstvangen mines. The remains of a mining community from the beginning
of this century. It survived for only 17 years and was ruined by the
greatest bankruptcy of the period. (25 min.+ 15 min. on foot).
Tynset Bygdemuseum. Tynset's village museum is 1 km. from the town
Ramsmoen museumssenter: Exhibitions throughout the year - in the centre
Garborgdagan. An annual festival built around the work of the authors
Hulda and Arne Garborg. Held in Tynset kulturhus and at Kolbotn -
Garborg's home for many years.
Tynsetutstillinga. An annual exhibition held in Galleri Elgen in Tynset
kulturhus, featuring well-known Norwegian artists.
Tylldalen bygdetun. Tylldalen's village museum (20 min.) An annual play
for St. Olav's Day is Norway's second oldest historical outdoor play.
Other attractions easily
reached from Tynset:
The mining town of Røros - 45 min.
Jutulhogget - the deepest canyon in Northern Europe - 35 min.
The Aukrust Centre in Alvdal - 25 min.
Tronden Mt. - by road to the mountain top 1666m above sea level - 45
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