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Children beneath the statue Storelgen (The Big Elk) at Bjøråa rest area in Norway
The world’s largest moose Storelgen in Stor-Elvdal.
Photo: Tore Sandberg / Stor-Elvdal kommune
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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

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The Norwegian silver-moose was originally made to wake up sleepy drivers and draw attention to the many moose crossing the road in the area, as well as act as a reference point on the stretch between Oslo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.

  1. 1. Elgland (moose country)

    West of Lake Mjøsa and the Gudbrandsdalen valley

  2. 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.

  3. 2. The moose observation tower Elgtårnet

    Espedalen valley

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  5. 3. Close encounters with moose

    All over the country

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  7. 4. Moose safari on E-bike

    Dovrefjell mountain range, start at Dombås

  8. 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!

  9. 5. The taste of moose

    Elgstua, Elverum

  10. 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.

  11. 6. A shop full of moose


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  13. 7. Guided moose safaris

    All over the country

  14. 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.

Moose safaris
Guided excursion to see the moose, king of the forest. Read more
Moose safari
The moose safari has been our most popular activity for many years, and a lot of people have been fascinated by the King of the Forest. Read more
Moose safari
We meet for a guided evening walk to experience wild animals in their natural habitat. From a mountain plateau we'll have a wonderful view… Read more
Moose safari at Vaset
Join Discover Nature Norway for a moose safari in its natural habitat. You discover the fascinating animals during nice long evenings with its… Read more
Moose Safari at Øyerfjellet
Follow us on Moose safari in Dovrefjell this summer. Read more
Moose safari Dovrefjell
Join Adventure Norway on an extraordinary experience in the forest. Read more
Elksafari in Marnardal - Adventure Norway
TrollAktiv offer a fun familie friendly wildlife safari. Read more
Moose safari from Evje
Take the opportunity to see the "King of the forest" in his natural habitat!. Read more
Moose Safari from Hovden
Join us on an exciting moose safari on Offersøy in Lødingen Vestbygd. Read more
Moose Safari in Offersoy
At Olberg camping in Trøgstad you can join an exciting moose safari. This is a very special experience you don't want to miss. Here… Read more
Moose safari in Trøgstad
Personal Guide only for you when you want it. Guided excursion to see the moose, king of the forest. Read more
Moose Safari Personal Tour
Join us on a snowshoe trip where we go in search of the biggest mammal in Norway, the moose. During the trip, we will make a bonfire and you will be… Read more
Moose safari with snowshoes - Artic Lyngen Sjøcamp
If you are lucky you may see roe deer, reindeer, red deer, moose and beaver in the wild. All these animals are rather shy and not easy to spot, unless… Read more
Moose safari in Setesdal
Nature parks with moose
Welcome to the Norwegian Moose Centre. Read more
Norwegian Moose Centre
Get up close and personal with bears, elk, lynx and other exotic animals! In Bjørneparken our presenters will give free animal talks and escort… Read more
Bear Park
Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park- Dyreparken - is the most visited attraction for families with children in Norway. Explore Nordic wilderness and… Read more
Dyreparken - Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park
Namsskogan Familiepark has Norway’s largest collection of Nordic animals. Over 30 species, among them wolverine, lynx, wolf and bear, live in… Read more
Namsskogan Familiepark - Wildlife park
Polar Park is the northernmost animal park in the world, and is beautifully located in the heart of Salangsdalen Valley in Bardu, 184 km south of… Read more
Polar Park - Entrance fee
Svartisen Moose gives you a chance to get close to the largest land living animal in Europe - the moose. Close enough for a kiss. You will find the… Read more
Svartisen Moose
Now you have the opportunity not only to see, but also to meet the king of the forest. Visit the elk park Elgtun at the Landeskogen Peace Center in… Read more
Elgtun, Landeskogen - Close encounter with the moose
Other moose tips
The big elk (Storelgen) in Stor-Elvdal municipality is the world's largest elk-sculpture. It is situated at Bjøråa between Oslo and Trondheim by the… Read more
Storelgen "the big elk" at Bjøråa
A journey through the area where one of Europe's largest and most unique moose migrations take place every year. Read more
Elgland - Home to the Moose
Kittilbu Museum provides and insight into how the natural resources of Gausdal Vestfjell have been used from the Stone Age until modern times. Read more
Kittilbu Utmarksmuseum
A unique experience with overnight stay in the world's only moose observation tower. Read more
Moose observation tower
Every day in the summer you can join guided e-bike tour with Moose safari from Dombås. Read more
Moose safari on E-bike at Dovrefjell
14 square meters of Elg souvenirs. The king of the forest deserves a shop of his own. Read more
The taste of moose
Norway's most famous elk restaurant! A charming café that has been serving delicious homemade food since 1959. Wonderful open-faced sandwiches,… Read more
Elgstua Guest House
Mykland Vilt - a local slaughterhouse by the Telemark Road. Read more
Mykland Vilt
Welcome to a small farm Cafè in Hattfjelldal. Read more
Gryteselv Fjellgård Cafè
Here you can get the best ingredients for cooking local game and trout. Products such as reindeer, moose and deer are available. Feel free to contact… Read more
Eira Vilt & Fisk (Game & Fish)
Nermo Hotel is located in the middle of a great region of locally produced ingredients. Here you will find game meat and fish from the mountains,… Read more
Nermo Hotel
Welcome to our farm outlet in Ulnes! In an old farmhouse, we sell locally produced products, from our own production as well as other small local… Read more
Valdres Vilt og tradisjonsmat
At Max Ivan in Eidskog you find really good products from elk, Eidskog beer and Eidskog aquavit. Read more
Max Ivan
Local Food Production with focus on fish and meat. Read more
GeiloMat AS
At Tullinløkka you find Elias, a friendly and informal place that offers homemade Norwegian food at reasonable prices. The menu includes everything… Read more
Café Elias
Havsdalskroa is located by the lifts Havsdalen. It serves hot and cold dishes after the principle; healthy food is good food! Read more
In Siljan you will find Siljanhjort, a farm full of deer. Here you can experiense the deer and maybe you will be able to feed them. Read more
Fjellkafeen is located at Hollvin Express Top Station. We serve good homemade food for hungry skiers. A perfect break with Hemsedals finest view -… Read more
Fjellkafeen - Winter
Restaurant Hallingstuene, located right in the center of Geilo and is run by the famous chef Frode Aga and his wife Berit Kongsvik. The restaurant is… Read more
At Presis Tapas the focus is on casual dining, big flavors and easy service. The interior is as relaxed as the staff, there are even some swings in… Read more
Presis Tapas
Lekamøya Restaurant is a cafe / restaurant / catering offering local and traditional dishes. Welcome into a distinctive and homely environment. Free… Read more
Skei Kulturtun - Lekamøya Spiseri
The guest inn is located in the centre of Terråk in Bindal municipality with great ocean views and accommodation in 11 large, newly renovated rooms.… Read more
Terråk Guesthouse
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Helle Kjøtt
Bessheim has been a dwelling place for mountain hikers since the late 1800s, when Kari Storvik first began to offer accommodations and food serving… Read more
Bessheim | Mountain Lodge and Cabins
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