The Gutulia National Park was founded in 1968, although in 1916 it was suggested that the park should then be protected because of its
ancient and mighty trees. You can find pine trees that are over 300 years old and spruces that are nearly 500 years old. In Gutulia National Park the forest is allowed to grow freely thus enabling scientists to follow the development of the trees over many generations. From about 1750 to 1949 it was an alpine pasture area. The buildings were restored and are today under protection. is characterized by open pine forest, while the lower part of the park is characterized by dense spruce forest, with a large number of dead and fallen trees.
Botanically speaking, the area is species
poor, with the richest varisjon along rivers and streams in the spruce forest. The forest has occasional instances of most forest animals: elk,
deer, red fox, marten, mink, beaver and otter. Reindeer graze here, and the large predators roam the area. The most common bird species are
typical mountain forest species such as Brambling and willow warblers. The only way to access the park is by foot. From the road 654 it is sign posted, this sign leads to a car park. Then, from that place it is about a half an hour walk by the river Gutulisjøen before you reach the alpine pastures.