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A moose ox in Rondane, Eastern Norway
A moose ox in Rondane, Eastern Norway
Moose in Rondane.
Photo: Roger Brendhagen
Moose in Rondane.
Photo: Roger Brendhagen

Meet the Norwegian moose

The lush Norwegian forests are home to many animals, and the moose is the largest of them all. Find out where you can go on a moose safari or which animal parks to visit to get a kiss from the king of the forest.

Have you ever been to “moose country”, or seen one of the world’s largest moose sculptures? You can do both in Norway!

It’s safe to say that the king of the forest is a special part of our wildlife. Chances are you'll find several items with a moose on them if you visit a tourist shop. And if you embark on a road trip that takes you through the municipality Stor-Elvdal, you'll get to see one of the world’s largest moose statues.

The silver moose stands in the Bjørå rest area along the road Riksvei 3, about 110 kilometres north of the city Elverum in Eastern Norway. It was built to wake up sleepy drivers and draw attention to the moose living in the area.

The statue Storelgen (The Big Elk) at Bjøråa rest area in Eastern Norway
The statue Storelgen in Stor-Elvdal.
Photo: Tore Sandberg / Stor-Elvdal kommune

The message that Storelgen sends is important to remember whenever you’re driving through areas with lots of moose. Keep an eye out for them, because they haven’t learned to use road crossings yet.

Moose roam freely in several Norwegian forests, and over the years, they have found their favourite hang-out spots. This makes it easier to find them, and when you do: Remember to keep a safe distance. If you want to get close enough to pet them, you should visit one of the animal parks that have tame moose.

These are the best ways to get a memorable moose encounter.

  • Join a guided moose safari

    All over the country

    On a safari, local guides help you navigate the vast forests and increase your chances of seeing moose in their natural habitat. They will also make sure you’re observing the animals from a safe distance.

    Get more information about moose safari from these tour providers or check out the map further down to see where in Norway they are located.

  • Get close to the moose in animal parks

    All over the country

    In several animal parks in Norway, you can meet moose up close. In Bygland in the Setesdal valley, you can stop by the moose park Elgtun, which is a park dedicated to friendly encounters with moose. In Bjørneparken in the Hallingdal valley, just a couple of hours from Oslo, you get to kiss the tame moose and feed them carrots. The nature park Langedrag, also in Hallingdal, is home to several moose (and lots of other animals).

    Other nature parks with moose are the Norwegian moose centre in Stor-Elvdal, Dyreparken Zoo and Amusement Park in Kristiansand, the wildlife park Namsskogan familiepark in Namdalen, Polar Park in Narvik, and Svartisen Moose, located south of Bodø.

  • Stay in the moose observation tower Elgtårnet

    Espedalen valley in the Lillehammer region

    Spend the night in a unique accommodation that also functions as a moose observation tower, 12 metres above “The moose highway” in the Espedalen valley. Here, hundreds of moose migrate to and from the mountains every spring and autumn. Don’t worry if you miss the great wanderings, though – you’ll spot moose here all year round. The tower, drawn by Hilde Grøneng of RAM arkitektur, has accommodation for eight, and the large windows make sure that you don’t miss a single movement outside.

  • Visit Elgland (moose 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.

  • Bonus: the taste of the wild

    Several restaurants across Norway

    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 – and the flavours of the wild are delicacies.

Moose in Norway

The moose is a yoke-toed species in the deer family and the world’s largest deer game. It is Norway’s largest land mammal and differs from other deer species in size and appearance. The largest males can weigh up to 800 kilos.

Moose are really made for winter. Even on days with temperatures down to -30 degrees Celsius, they only react with a light attack of gooseflesh.

In warmer weather, though, it only needs to get slightly above the freezing point for a moose to start panting.

The moose is also a great swimmer, as they experienced on the remote island Træna in 2005. 40 kilometres from the mainland, a moose suddenly climbed onto dry land a day in July. The sight is so unusual on the island that they raised a statue of the moose Tare.

Moose in Norway

The moose is a yoke-toed species in the deer family and the world’s largest deer game. It is Norway’s largest land mammal and differs from other deer species in size and appearance. The largest males can weigh up to 800 kilos.

Moose are really made for winter. Even on days with temperatures down to -30 degrees Celsius, they only react with a light attack of gooseflesh.

In warmer weather, though, it only needs to get slightly above the freezing point for a moose to start panting.

The moose is also a great swimmer, as they experienced on the remote island Træna in 2005. 40 kilometres from the mainland, a moose suddenly climbed onto dry land a day in July. The sight is so unusual on the island that they raised a statue of the moose Tare.

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