Nord-Fron within Oppland
|• Mayor (2007)||Tove Haugli (Ap)|
|• Total||1,141 km2 (441 sq mi)|
|• Land||1,092 km2 (422 sq mi)|
|Area rank||86 in Norway|
|• Rank||167 in Norway|
|• Density||5/km2 (10/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-2.8 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-0516|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
Nord-Fron is a municipality in Oppland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Gudbrandsdal. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Vinstra. The old municipality of Fron was divided into Nord-Fron and Sør-Fron in 1851. In 1966, they were merged back together again, but that only lasted until 1977 when they separated once again.
The Old Norse form of the name was Frón. The meaning of the name is unknown (maybe "earth" or "land"). Therefore the meaning of Nord-Fron is "(the) northern (part of) Fron" (since the parish and municipality of Fron was divided in 1851.)
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 18 July 1980. The arms show a gold-colored Dole Gudbrandsdal on a red background. The Fron area has a longstanding tradition in horse breeding and is one of the main centres of horse breeding in Norway. In the beginning of the century the Fron municipality used unofficial arms with a horse on it. After Fron was divided into Nord- and Sør-Fron, Nord-Fron choose the above arms.
There are two population centers in Nord-Fron: the villages of Vinstra and Kvam. Kvam is located at the northern end of the Peer Gynt Road, which passes through high roads with excellent views of the Jotunheimen, Dovrefjell, and Rondane mountain.
Lakes in the region include Feforvatnet.
- Rondane National Park, which lies partially in Nord-Fron, was the first Norwegian National Park, established on 21 December 1962. In 2003, Rondane National Park was enlarged and smaller areas of nature protection were opened or enlarged.
- Jotunheim National Park is not technically in Nord-Fron, but its southern border brushes Nord-Fron's western border.
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- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Oppland travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Official website (Norwegian)