Rendalen 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 Bergset.
The Old Norse form of the name was Reindalr. The first element is the rein old Norsk for reindeer and the last element is dal which means "valley" or "dale". The meaning of the river name is from the valley or vice versa. Renafjellet is one of the other mountains.
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 2 June 1989. The arms show two silver reindeer on a blue background. They symbolize the importance of reindeer farming in the community. The two heads represent the two former municipalities of Øvre Rendal and Ytre Rendal. The arms were designed by the artist Arvid Sveen.
The municipality of Rendalen was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Rendalen was divided into two separate municipalities (Ytre Rendal and Øvre Rendal) in 1880 when there was a population of 3,529. The two municipalities were reunited on 1 January 1965 and took the name Rendalen.
Rendalen is bordered on the northwest by the municipalities of Alvdal and Tynset, in the north by Tolga, in the east by Engerdal, in the south by Trysil and Åmot, and in the west by Stor-Elvdal.
Rendalen municipality encompasses most of the Rendalen valley, a side valley of the Østerdalen. In addition, the municipality encompasses the northern part of Storsjø, a mountainous area in the east of Rendalen and a small part of Østerdalen itself. It also comprises lake Sølensjøen.
The municipality has an area of 3,180 square kilometres (1,227.8 sq mi) which makes it the largest in southern Norway. The highest mountain is Sølen (Midtre) at 1,755 metres (5,758 ft)
The primary occupations are in farming and logging, but tourism is also important. The Renåfjellet mountain area provides for excellent alpine hiking.
Johan Reinhardt (1778 in Rendalen – 1845) professor of zoology at Copenhagen University
Gustav Storm (1845 in Rendalen – 1903) a Norwegian historian and academic
Jacob Breda Bull (1853 in Rendalen – 1930) a Norwegian author, journalist and editor
David P. Kvile (1861–1918) a teacher, farmer and politician; teacher in Øvre Rendal from 1885
Peder E. Vorum (1884–1970) an educator and politician, Mayor of Ytre Rendal from 1913 to 1934; joined Nasjonal Samling 1940, collaborated in WWII, convicted of treason in 1948
Ottar E. Akre (1896 in Ytre Rendal – 1992) a Norwegian accordionist, composer, and educator
Sigurd Akre-Aas (1897 in Ytre Rendal – 1968) a Norwegian fencer, competed at the 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics
Oddbjørn Hagen (1908 in Ytre Rendal – 1983) a Norwegian skier, at the 1936 Winter Olympics he won one gold in the Nordic combined and two silvers in cross-country skiing
Kjell Borgen (1939–1996) politician, former Minister of Transport, secondary school teacher in Rendalen, 1962 to 1966
Ola Otnes (born 1951 in Rendalen) a Norwegian actor
Guren Hagen, (Norwegian Wiki) (born 1959 in Rendalen) musician
Twin towns – Sister cities
Rendalen is twinned with:
- Aalborg, Region Nordjylland, Denmark
- Liperi, Itä-Suomi, Finland
- Orsa, Dalarna County, Sweden