Introducing Femundsmarka National Park
The national park that surrounds Femunden, Norway’s second-largest lake, was formed in 1971 to protect the lake and the forests stretching eastwards to Sweden. Indeed, the landscapes here are more Swedish in appearance than recognisably Norwegian. 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 very lucky, you may also see wild reindeer grazing in the heights 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.