My first Musk Ox seen in the tundra wilderness of Dovrefjell National Park.
Norway's Spectacular Fjordland
I have always wanted to travel the fjordland region of Norway. In 2006, we participated in what most people would call a trip of a lifetime. We spent over three full months traveling to France, Russia, Scandinavia and Svalbard in the far arctic north. This travelgue shows part of our adventure to the fjordlands region of Norway.
This was a two week journey that started and ended in Oslo, but involved some amazing road-tripping and trekking in the fjords and tundra areas of this spectacular region. Our road trips took us to Oppdal, Dovrefjell National Park (for a phenomenal Muskox Safari)and Alesund. We cruised many fjords including the amazing Geirangerfjord, Sognefjord and Aurlandsfjord. I could never have imagined how spectacular these places actually were. Until you spend quality time in this part of Earth, you cannot appreciate just how amazing the fjords of Norway are. We also spent time visiting many of the Stave Churches in the Norwegian countryside.
We also had some interesting mammal sightings. We encountered a large female Moose near Oslo and some Common Porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) and Atlantic Common Seals (Phoca vitulina vitulina) in Geirangerfjord and Sognefjord. European Red Squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) were common as well. We also had the opportunity to spend an entire day trekking spectacular Dovrefjeld National Park near Oppsdal. Here we had close encounters with two past-prime, elderly, re-introduced but now wild, Musk Ox bulls. We did see two other separate herds of musk ox on the surrounding ridges. We were unable to spot the wild native herds of reindeer there but we did chase down a Norwegian Lemming (Lemmus norwegicus) and even got some images of it.
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Here are some images that will give you a glimpse of what we experienced: