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Blafjella-Skjaekerfjella National Park

The national parks of Europe are just as lovely. This is the third-largest Norwegian national park. It is a wonderful combination of forested valleys, lakes, mountain plains, marshes, and a few mountain peaks. Blafjella-Skjaekerfjella National Park was established in 2004.

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The name Blafjella means “the blue mountains” while Skjaekerfjella means “shafts of a wagon” which refers to the long mountain ridges.  In and around this area live the Sami people and they have lived here for ages. When visiting you can see a lot of Sami cultural monuments like burial sites, gathering places, settlements, and sacred places.

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Visitors to the park can enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting. Hunters have the sport of shooting small game like ptarmigan and for those who enjoy fishing the lakes offer char and brown trout. People can enjoy hiking on many of the paths going through the park and there are some mountain cabins where people can spend the night.

Blafjella-Skjaekerfjella National Park is the park in which the spruce tree first found its way to Norway. There are many areas that have an old-growth forest in the valleys and flora that includes inland and coastal species as well as alpine plants.

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Mammals represent around 28 different species. Visitors can be sure to get a glimpse of lynx, wolverines, brown bear, and gray wolf. However, the wolf is seen the least. Deer represent three species among them red deer, moose, and roe deer.

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  1. I have seen a number of National Parks in different countries and almost all of them have something unique to tell about. Not exactly, but this park Blafjella-Skjaekerfjella National Park reminds me of Jim Corbett and Kaziranga two different National Parks in India.

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