Norway has the biggest moose in the world – the metal sculpture Storelgen. You can also get a close and exciting encounter with a living version of the king of the forest in many parts of the country.
Published: 22 January 2019
The Norwegian silver-moose was originally made to wake up sleepy drivers and draw attention to the many moose crossing the road in the area, as well as act as a reference point on the stretch between Oslo and Trondheim. Storelgen has also become an identity symbol for the municipality of Stor-Elvdal, an area with lots of wild moose.
But Storelgen is not the only moose in Norway. Read on for seven other ways you can safely encounter the king of the forest in other parts of the country.
West of Lake Mjøsa and the Gudbrandsdalen valley
Every spring and autumn, a moose migration that counts up to 700 animals takes place in the lower areas west of Lake Mjøsa and the higher areas in Espedalen, Skåbu, and Murudalen west of the Gudbrandsdalen valley. In contrast to migrating moose in other parts of the world, the moose in Elgland wander to spend the winter at high elevation, before they stroll back down in the spring. They are highly faithful to their migration route, which they’ve been following for the last 10,000 years.
All over the country
Dovrefjell mountain range, start at Dombås
On a guided E-bike tour in the Dovrefjell mountain range, you’ll get to see moose in the twilight – as well as deer, badgers, and foxes if you’re lucky. Also, the view is so beautiful that you’ll probably be satisfied even before you’ve spotted your target. Remember to bring warm clothes – and your camera!
At a road crossing in Elverum, you’ll stumble across Norway’s most famous moose restaurant. Elgstua has been serving delicious homemade food since 1959. Besides variations of moose, you’ll find plenty of other lovely food on the menu. You can also have a taste of moose in several other Norwegian restaurants, especially in areas where they are plentiful.
All over the country
So many places offer moose safaris that it is impossible to write about them all. So we’ve made a handy map where you can find a moose safari near you.