Seen in the news the other day, a moose got itself in the village of Levanger, located in the north of Trondheim and ended up hitting cars and smashing a shop’s window. Could have been worse, but I do feel for this animal that got itself stranded in a non-familiar place. Luckily, when the police arrived the moose had already left, which hopefully means it found its way back into the wild.
Such occurrences are not that rare in Norway. A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine that on her way back home, as she lives in the countryside of Bergen, she found herself face to face with a deer, in the middle of the street. A deer that stared at her but didn’t move. They know very well they belong here, and in a mostly rural country, with a lot of forests and very few totally urbanized areas, it is not rare to meet the local fauna.
When we go on walking tours in the mountain and forest around where my mother-in-law lives in Masfjorden, a bit north of Bergen, we can often see deer and fox footprints.
As Norway has very different landscapes and climates, from the humid south to the arctic north and the island of Svalbard, known for its polar bears population, and a mix of mountain and coastal areas, the wildlife is highly diversified.
It is actually part of why people come here for holidays and lose themselves in nature, in the hope of seeing animals that are rare to see in other areas. Depending on where you go, you can get to see seals, eagles, reindeers, mooses, oxeas, elks, brown and polar bears, and even puffins! Of course, it is very unusual for me to see any of those, as I live in a densely populated area. What I see mostly are seagulls, and I can tell that they are impressively big.
It is also recommended to go with a guide when you go hiking in some parts in the hope to see those wild and beautiful creatures, and to not wander around as the landscapes are unforgiving.
A fun fact to know about the island of Svalbard is that a law from 2012 requires anyone travelling outside the living areas to have the means to scare off a polar bear, which means carrying a firearm. Because there, the population of polar bears is higher than the human one’s!