Musk Ox Safari Part 1

This is the first part of two posts with photos from my recent musk ox safari at Dovrefjell.

Dovrefjell–Sunndalsfjella National Park (Norwegian: Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella nasjonalpark) is a National Park in Norway. It was founded in 2002 to replace and enlarge the former Dovrefjell National Park, originally founded in 1974. It occupies 1,693 km² and encompasses areas in three Norwegian counties: Oppland, Sør-Trøndelag, and Møre og Romsdal and includes large parts of the mountain range of Dovrefjell.

Although it is a harsh environment, the mountains, the highest being Snøhetta at 2,286 m, make for spectacular hiking during the summer and skiing in the winter. Due to rather long walks between mostly unstaffed huts, great areas without huts and trails and harsh and unstable weather conditions, this area is recommended for experienced and well-equipped wanderers only.

The park is divided into a major western part and a minor eastern part by the European route E6 paralleled with the main railway between Oslo and Trondheim. Altogether the protected area amounts 4,365 km² and also includes areas in the county of Hedmark in addition to the three of the National Park. Source: Wikipedia


29 thoughts on “Musk Ox Safari Part 1

  1. The one photo of the people on the top of the hill, all in silhouette looks like the scene in “The Seventh Seal” … the Bergmann movie … when death is herding the group onward and onward … eerie.

  2. beautiful photos, Cardinal!! you’ve captured vast landscapes, yet you have also noticed tiny flowers… wonderful way to invite us trace your steps 🙂
    was it cold there? I can see there is still snow in some areas…

    • Thanks a lot Alexandra. If you ever come to visit Norway, I’ll gladly join you and re-trace this trek.
      I dressed in layers and had a t-shirt plus two jackets. One of them being a hunter’s jacket in polyester micro that protects against wind and rain. Down in the valley it was t-shirt weather: probably about 20°, which is rather warm for trekking. Up on the mountain I’m guessing it was 4-8° when the wind was strongest, so I even had to use the hood on my hunter’s jacket, but only for 15 minutes. The wind settled just as quickly as it came.
      The muskox enjoys low temperatures and they seek the snow to escape the heat. The tour guide told us that one muskox had died because of stress-related overheating in -15°!

      • omg, died of overheating at -15°… I can only imagine…
        Norways is a fascinating country… it’s on my travel list … but I guess I’ll need to get me a hunters jacket first lol : P looking forward to Part Two of your expedition photos 🙂

  3. Your pictures are spectacular … as is the terrain you’ve captured. I understand that it’s a national park, but were you hiking on marked trails – or free-trekking with a compass?
    It’s so easy to get caught-up in the grandness of the scenery, but you managed to also capture some of the fine details in the flowers. Beautiful. Virtually all of them are unfamiliar to me.

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