Scandinavian Wildlife

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Norway and Sweden contain an exciting array of big beasts, with the brown bear the undisputed King of the Forest.

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The brown bear once had a dozens of euphemistic names, such as “forest grandfather” and “honey-eater”, as it was taboo to speak the true name of such a fearsome creature. Orsa Bjornpark in Dalarne, central Sweden, is Europe’s biggest bear park; and wild bear-watching tours are available.

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Lynx live in both Norway and Sweden, although their nocturnal habits mean that they are rarely seen by visitors.

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The wolverine, actually part of the weasel family, is the most secretive of all Scandinavian predators – numbers are still unknown.

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Wolves are fighting their way back from extinction across the region.

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Knobbly-kneed elk can grow to 2 meters (6 1/2ft) tall, and have a dangerous habit of lolloping in front of moving cars.

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Visitors to the far north will see reindeer, traditionally herded by the Sami.

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The sharp-eyed might spot lemming and foxes.

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Denmark has no big forest predators, but it is good for birdlife, particularly aquatic varieties.

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Greenland’s shores contain (rare) polar bears, lemming, Arctic foxes and hares, reindeer and musk oxen. The Dovrefjell mountain area, the barrier between the southern and central regions in Norway. is also a home of the musk ox.

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Anyone taking a boat trip will appreciate the abundant marine life, including millions of seals, 15 whale species, and walruses. The picture above is from Orsa Bearpark in Sweden.

Experience Scandinavian wildliufe.