Why go on safari in Africa when you can go on a musk ox safari at Dovrefjell in Norway? Learn more about Norwegian musk ox safari.
The magnificent musk oxen are a big attraction in central Norway’s Dovre mountains. Dovrefjell is most known in Norway as the southernmost home of wild reindeer, but it’s also home to an imported population of musk oxen. The musk ox is known for its bulky build, thick fur and strong odor, native to the planet’s Arctic region.
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It is one of the oldest mammals to walk our planet. They used to live in what is now Norway in great numbers around 20,000 years ago. The musk ox was reintroduced to Norway from Canada’s Banks Island in 1932 following an unsuccessful attempt near Ålesund a decade before.
The Arctic archipelago sustains some remarkable winter wildlife. Attempts to introduce musk ox to Svalbard in 1929 initially succeeded, but the herd disappeared in the 1970s. The musk ox was hunted to extinction. During the second world war, the musk ox became extinct due to hunting. It was reintroduced to Norway in 1947.
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Some of the musk ox introduced to Norway’s Dovrefjell found their way to Sweden in 1971 and established themselves there.
Oppdal Safari has been organizing guided safaris and mountain hikes since 1995 and is today one of the biggest tour guiding companies in the region. The company’s guides have extensive knowledge and experience in ecology, outdoors and tourism, and is in the best position to give you a safe, challenging and unforgettable experience in unique environments.
In summer season there are daily guided musk ox safaris, and private musk ox and moose safaris on request. The rest of the year you’ll have a wide range of activities both for photographers, individuals and events for groups, schools and conference participants.
A musk safari lasts roughly five hours. The duration depends on where the musk is located – it enjoys to go for walks. Pack a lunch, thermos, warm clothes and binoculars.
If you are representing a television or film company looking for help with logistics and facilitation in Dovrefjell national park, the company is proud of having worked with several TV companies such as BBC (Seven worlds – One planet), National Geographic, and NRK amongst others with great results.
Over the past 15 years, several thousand groups have set off on a trip to Dovre National Park, and that with just one hairy goal for the day: To spot a specimen of the musk.
Norwegian Musk Ox Safari, compiled by Tor Kjolberg
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