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Crash course: animals in Norway

Crash course: animals in Norway

30 October, 2015

brown-bear-kjell-isaksen

Norway is one of the most perfect masterpieces of nature. The endless landscapes where ice, sea and land merge resemble magnificent oil paintings. The animals roam at will in these places and make the environment even more beautiful.

Wildlife enthusiasts will find a paradise in Norway where moose, reindeer, deer, bobcats and foxes wander freely. Even in Oslo it is possible to see them with a little bit of luck, while walking in the Nordmarka forest, an area of unspoiled nature just 20 minutes from the city.

"Isbjørn", or icebear.

“Isbjørn”, or icebear.

There are not many wolves left in Scandinavia, and if you want to see them you have to go to Eastern Norway. You can even live with wolves in this area as some tour operators offer organised trips.

"Rev", or fox - photo Rob Lee

“Rev”, or fox – photo Rob Lee

Brown bears are found in the valley of Pasvik in Finnmark and polar bears on the islands of Svalbard. You’ll maybe get to see musk oxen, who are survivors from the last glacier epoch, in Dovre. There are also elk and wild reindeer safaris in this area.

"Reinsdyr", yes, reindeer.

“Reinsdyr”, yes, reindeer – photo Veronique Hiard

If you are interested in birds, you should definitely go to two of the best nesting cliffs, Røst and Runde. Whale watching is a very popular activity that takes place off the coast of Lofoten Islands. And who knows? You may see whales with the perfect background of the aurora borealis. It sounds like heaven, right?

Well, watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zGScMz1tn4