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Trysil kommune
Coat of arms of Trysil kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Trysil kommune
Innlandet within
Trysil within Innlandet
Trysil within Innlandet
Coordinates: 61°18′36″N 12°18′54″E / 61.31000°N 12.31500°E / 61.31000; 12.31500Coordinates: 61°18′36″N 12°18′54″E / 61.31000°N 12.31500°E / 61.31000; 12.31500
Administrative centreInnbygda
 • Mayor (2016)Erik Sletten (Senterpartiet (SP))
 • Total3,014 km2 (1,164 sq mi)
 • Land2,940 km2 (1,140 sq mi)
Area rank13 in Norway
 • Total6,955
 • Rank141 in Norway
 • Density2/km2 (5/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-3421
Official language formBokmål[2]

Trysil is a municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Østerdalen. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Innbygda. The municipality of Trysil was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt).

General information[edit]


The municipality (originally the parish) is probably named after an old farm - and this was most likely the original name of Prestgarden ("the vicarage"), where the first church was built. The meaning of the first element is unknown (maybe an old river name), the last element is sil which means "quiet stretch of a river". Prior to 1906, the name was spelled "Tryssil".[3]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 21 October 1991. The arms show two silver ski poles on a blue background. It is meant to symbolize Trysil in the past, present, and future. It was designed by Bjørn Ellefsæter.[4]

(See also Alvdal and Skien)

Number of minorities (1st and 2nd generation) in Trysil by country of origin in 2017[5]
Ancestry Number
 Sweden 180
 Eritrea 60
 Poland 57
 Netherlands 37
 Latvia 28
 Iraq 27
 Denmark 26
 Syria 25


War memorial for the bombardment by German aviators

One of the first-known, organized ski races was held here 22 January 1862.[6] Roland Huntford, author of Two Planks and a Passion, describes this race as, "the first truly modern ski race."[6] The famous Norwegian skier Halvard Morgedal won all the competitions that year. The Trysilgutten ski club, founded in 1861, is one of the world's oldest ski clubs. See also the Kiandra snow shoe club.

A small village in Trysil, Nybergsund, was bombed by German aviators during World War II on 11 April 1940, when King Haakon VII and Crown Prince Olav were there.


Farming and logging are traditionally the most important occupations in the municipality, and there are many wood related industries. The Trysilelva river was the last river in Norway with traditional timber floating. There is extensive wildlife, including a large elk population.

Trysilfjellet is the largest winter sports centre in Norway with 65 prepared slopes.


Trysil is bordered in the north by the municipalities of Engerdal and Rendalen, in the west by Åmot, and in the southwest by Elverum and Våler. The eastern border of the municipality is bordered in the north, east and south by Sweden. The main village in Trysil is Innbygda, which often is referred to as Trysil.


Trysil has a subarctic climate (Köppen Dfc) with cold winters and warm summers. Mean temperature in January is -11 °C and 14 °C for July. Precipitation is moderate at 720mm annually.[7]

Climate data for Trysil-Vegstasjon, ca 4km south of Innbygda (1961-1990) 360m asl, Norway
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) −11.0
Average precipitation mm (inches) 40
Source: [7]

Notable residents[edit]

Halldis Moren Vesaas
  • Axel Smith (1744–1823) a Norwegian priest and topographer
  • Haakon Nyhuus (1866–1913) a Norwegian librarian and encyclopedist
  • Sven Moren (1871–1938) a farmer, poet, playwright, children's writer and politician
  • Olaf L. Olsen (1881–1958) an American legislator and politician
  • Halvor Floden (1884–1956) a schoolteacher, children's writer, novelist, poet and playwright
  • Einar Skjæraasen (1900–1966) an author, poet and political candidate
  • Halldis Moren Vesaas (1907–1995) a Norwegian poet, translator and writer of children's books
  • Sigmund Moren (1913–1996) a philologist, literary critic, theatre critic and children's writer
  • Tormod Haugen (1945–2008) a writer of children's books and translator, winner of the H.C. Andersen prize
  • Jan Axel Blomberg (born 1969) a heavy metal drummer, stage name Hellhammer


Hallgeir Brenden, 1950's


Trysil is a great place to explore the Norwegian nature and participating in various outdoor activities like guided trips, river fishing, dog sledge driving, elk safari, night photography, stargazing. This includes a mountain at Norway's largest ski resort, which offers many of the country's most widely acclaimed downhill and slalom slopes.

Aurora Borealis photographed in Trysil,Norway.
Milky Way galaxy Trysil,Norway
The rare conjunction of Venus, Jupiter created stunning night skies in Trysil Norway

Sister cities[edit]

The following cities are twinned with Trysil:[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian).
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1900). Norske gaardnavne: Hedmarkens amt (in Norwegian) (3 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 329.
  4. ^ "Kommunevåpen" (in Norwegian). Trysil kommune. Archived from the original on 2013-02-23. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
  5. ^ "Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents". Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2010-05-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ a b "Meteorologisk institutt". Archived from the original on 2016-11-19.
  8. ^ "Vennskapskommuner" (in Norwegian). Trysil kommune. Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2008-12-30.

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