Alvdal within Hedmark
|• Mayor (2007)||Olov Grøtting (Sp)|
|• Total||943 km2 (364 sq mi)|
|• Land||919 km2 (355 sq mi)|
|Area rank||116 in Norway|
|• Rank||309 in Norway|
|• Density||3/km2 (8/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-0.8 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-0438|
|Official language form||Neutral|
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 Dovre (in Oppland county) to Alvdal (and Hedmark county) in 1884. Folldal was separated from the municipality of Alvdal in 1914.
The 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.
Alvdal is bordered by Tynset to the north, Rendalen to the east and south, 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 Aukrustsenteret in Alvdal is dedicated to him.
Aukrust is most famous for creating the fictional Norwegian village of Flåklypa and its cast of idiosyncratic characters.