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Village / Valley
Hessdalen is located in Sør-Trøndelag
Hessdalen is located in Norway
Location in Sør-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 62°47′35″N 11°11′17″E / 62.79306°N 11.18806°E / 62.79306; 11.18806Coordinates: 62°47′35″N 11°11′17″E / 62.79306°N 11.18806°E / 62.79306; 11.18806
Country Norway
Region Trøndelag
County Sør-Trøndelag
District Gauldalen
Municipality Holtålen
Elevation[1] 620 m (2,030 ft)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 7380 Ålen

Hessdalen is a village and a 15-kilometre (9.3 mi) long valley in the municipality of Holtålen in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is located approximately 120 kilometres (75 mi) south of the city of Trondheim, approximately 35 kilometres (22 mi) north of Røros mining town, and about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) southwest of Ålen/Renbygda. About 150 people live in the valley.

In the central part of the valley is a village area also called Hessdalen. It is where Hessdalen Church is located. The lake Øyungen lies about 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) southwest of the village.

The Hessdalen area is known for the occurrence of unexplained aerial luminous phenomena called the Hessdalen lights. The phenomenon is monitored by the Hessdalen AMS.


The first element is the river name Hesja and the last element is the definite form of dal, which means "dale" or "valley".


  1. ^ "Hessdalen" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2011-02-18.