Among wolverines and wolf lichen

Which two living things are most characteristic for Gränslandet? It has to be wolverine and wolf lichen. Wolverine, because it’s as if it was made for the stony, barren mountains and sparse forests. Wolf lichen, because it’s so beautiful and more common here than anywhere else in Scandinavia. They have become symbols for the interesting plant and animal life in Gränslandet.

The big four

All our four predators occur in Gränslandet, more or less regularly. But you have to be lucky to spot any of them.
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Moose – king of the bog

In the winter, many moose migrate from the north to the areas around Femunden. Read more »

Musk oxen – ice age beasts on the border

If you meet a musk ox – stay calm and keep a distance. This is for their safety as well as your own! Musk oxen can charge if they feel threatened.
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More animals...

Otter, beaver and lemming are other animals you may encounter.
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Flying guests and hardy overwinterers

In summer you hear cawing and chirping in Gränslandet’s fells, bogs and forests. Read more »

Creeping brushwood and flowering herbs

Gränslandet’s plant life is dominated by creeping plants and brushwood which are well adapted to the poor conditions.
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Wolf lichen – the beautiful poison

In the past, people put out pieces of meat with crushed glass and crumbled wolf lichen to poison wolves and foxes.
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Lichen – clever interaction

Many different lichens edge your walk. Learn to recognise some of them and remember that lava is something completely different! Read more »

Fungi – a source of joy for cows and people

In the past, people didn’t eat fungi, but wood fungi were used for many other things. And the young man who got tinder fungus and Haploporus odorus mixed up did not succeed on the dance floor. Read more »

The world of fish

An exciting fauna exists in Gränslandet’s many streams and lakes. Eight fish species and many insect larvae are found under the surface. Read more »


... your observations or read more about the discoveries of others on the Species Gateway and the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre