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Femundsmarka National Park/Norway

Introducing Femundsmarka National Park

The national park (573 sq km) that stretches east of Femunden, Norway's second-largest lake, to the Swedish border, was formed in 1971 to protect the lake, forests, marshes and mountain peaks of the area. Sadly overlooked by foreign tourists, the park has been named one of the best three hiking areas in Norway by the Norwegian hiking association.

The park has long been a source of falcons for use in the European and Asian sport of falconry, and several places in the park are known as Falkfangerhøgda, or 'falcon hunters' height'. If you're lucky, you may also see wild reindeer grazing in the heights (as well as easily seen domestic ones) and, in summer, a herd of around 30 musk oxen roams the area along the Røa and Mugga Rivers (in winter they migrate to the Funäsdalen area). It's thought that this group split off from an older herd in the Dovrefjell area and wandered all the way here. There are also a handful of exceedingly rare brown bears, as well as even rarer lynx and, occasionally, wolves drifting by from other areas.