Alvdal is a municipality in
Hedmark county, Norway. It is part of the
traditional region of Østerdalen. The administrative centre of the
municipality is the village of Alvdal.
Alvdal (along with the eastern part of
Folldal municipality) was
separated from the municipality of
Tynset to become a municipality of
its own in 1864. The western part of
Folldal was transferred from
Oppland county) to
Hedmark county) in 1884.
Folldal was separated from the municipality of
Alvdal in 1914.
The Rørosbane railway line passes through Alvdal.
1 General information
3 Notable residents
5 External links
Old Norse form of the name was (øfri) Elfardalr (meaning "(upper)
river valley"). The first element is the genitive case of elfr which
means "river" (here the
Glomma river) and the last element is dalr
which means "valley" or "dale".
Prior to 1918, the municipality was called Lille-Elvdalen ("the small
Elvdalen") to distinguish it from Store Elvedalen ("the big
Elvedalen") which is now called Stor-Elvdal.
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 25
November 1988. The arms show the front ends of two silver skis on a
blue background. They represent the history and importance of skiing
in the area.
Skien and Trysil)
Alvdal is bordered by
Tynset to the north,
Rendalen to the east and
Stor-Elvdal to the south, and
Folldal to the west. The highest
mountain in the municipality is
Storsølnkletten at 1,827 metres
(5,994 ft) tall.
Writer and humorist
Kjell Aukrust was born in Alvdal. The
Alvdal is dedicated to him.
Aukrust is most famous for creating the fictional Norwegian village of
Flåklypa and its cast of idiosyncratic characters.
^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian).
Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
^ "Kommunevåpenet" (in Norwegian).
Alvdal kommune. Archived from the
original on 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
Media related to
Alvdal at Wikimedia Commons
The dictionary definition of
Alvdal at Wiktionary
Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
Municipalities of Hedmark