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Oppdal

Oppdal is a municipality and village in Sor-Trondelag County, in Norway. It is considered to be within the Dovre region. The administrative hub of the municipality includes Holan, Fagerhaug, Vognillan, and Lonset. Fagerhaug, the Oppdal Airport is located in the northeastern area of the municipality. 

Oppdal, the village, is situated at the intersection of Norwegian National Road 70 and European Route E6 in the valley of Drivdalen. You can also find the Oppdal Station in the village, on the Dovrebanen railway. You can find Oppdal Church just to the west of the village. It is a village of just 1.5 square miles, and it has a population of roughly 4,000. The village has a population density of about 1,000 inhabitants per square kilometer. 

History 

Oppdal is a community in the alpine forests, and it dates all the way back to the Iron Age of Norway. It is situated at a crossroads for traffic from Sunndal, the Dovrefjell mountain range, and Trondheim. This orientation is pictured in the three rays of the coat-of-arms. 

Oppdal was initially settled sometime before 600 AD. There were nearly 50 farms in the area at that time, and that number grew to 70 farms during the Viking Era. There are remains of more than 700 Pagan grave mounds from the year at Vang, and jewelry and other artifacts from the British Isles were discovered there. This shows that the area was pretty affluent and took part in the Viking trade.  A lot of the affluence was probably derived from wild game in the region, both in the area and in the close by mountain ranges. You can still find a lot of game traps up in the mountains around the town, especially in ditches for reindeer. There have been over 80 finds of a couple of different kinds of arrowheads in the region. 

Some of the archaeological discoveries in Oppdal show that there were less serious economic disparities than in other parts of Norway. There have always been efforts by the whole community to stave off famine and pass on burdens to others in times of distress as a general way of life. That societal trait has been a way of life for several centuries. 

Churches and chapels replaced the grave mounds and Pagan shrines when the Christian era began. There were five churches built in rural areas of Oppdal at the time.

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