|We stayed in the Trollheim (troll home) at Kongsvold Fjeldstue|
(8/14, Oppdal, Norway)
European moose (Elg)
European pine marten
And we saw sign of brown bear and beaver.
The Land of Muskox
As you enter the muskox area, there are signs in several languages warning hikers to keep their distance. They recommend 200 meters. Our guide did get us a bit closer than that, but not nearly close enough for good photos.
|Warning signs in Norway|
|Photo of musk ox from first day|
I was most interested in what Whitney had to say regarding the danger of these animals. I had read (see above) the warnings about the musk ox and wanted to know the thoughts of this man who spent a long time in their company in an era that was not concerned about liability insurance. On page 56 he states: "...hunters and trained dogs could practically wipe out every herd of musk-oxen they encountered; for while it is true that musk-oxen give you a long run once you have sighted them, yet when you get up to them, when the dogs have brought them to bay, it is almost like shooting cattle in a corral." I of course would not have trained dogs and nor was I planning to stand a rifle-shot away. What did he have to say about that?
|Musk ox habitat|
|Danika at trail junction|
|Male musk ox|
|Musk ox rubbing side on a rock|
|Musk ox scat pellets|
|Musk ox fur|