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What you see here are several former summer farms co-located well above the tree line, and the mountains in the background belong to Forollhogna National Park, locally well known for its population of large reindeer.

This National Park consists of 1515 km2 mountain area in Central Norway, and the landscape is slowly rolling rather than being dramatic. Norway has protected more than 10% of is total land area, giving great opportunities to seek untouched and fresh nature in those many National Parks and cultivated landscape areas.

The house to the right side in the image is one of the houses where the cows were kept during nighttime and where they were milked. Cheese, butter, cream and sour cream were produced in the same house where the people manning the farm used to live and you can see a couple of them in this image.

Some more information on Forollhogna National Park can be found here:

http://www.forollhogna.org/english/forollhogna_national_park.htm

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[4] A few decades back summer farms were widely used in Norwegian agriculture, and the main purpose was to make better use of the food for the animals. The animals were mostly cows, but also goats were brought to the summer farm. The summer farm season was normally from June to September.

Summer farm production used to be butter and cheese. This reduced the transportation volume and increased durability, which was important since the summer farm was located in a remote area.

Summer farm in Norwegian: Seter.

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