Børgefjell/Byrkije Nationalpark

logo Børgefjell

 

A sanctuary for the Arctic fox

Most of the Børgefjell National Park is a wilderness that feeds our senses with a wide range of powerful impressions. In the west, there are high summits and deep valleys with cirque glaciers and mountain lakes. The southern part has wild rapids and beautiful waterfalls, while the eastern part is characterised by more rounded hilltops and open moorland.
Børgefjell has much to offer those interested in hunting and trout fishing. It is also one of the few places where you can encounter the arctic fox, one of the most endangered mammals in Norway.

Børgefjell National Park lies between 270 and 1699 m a.s.l. There are lakes, rivers, fens, bogs, screes, moorland, hills and mountain summits. The highest peaks are in the west, where the bedrock is mainly dark granite, Børgefjell granite, which gives the landscape its desolate appearance. The highest mountain in the park, Kvigtinden, towering to 1699 m a.s.l., is found in this western part.

The Børgefjell landscape is ideal for birds. The numerous watercourses, extensive willow thickets and sedge fens provide excellent living conditions with ample food. Wetland birds are particularly at home here.

The Sámi people have had the Børgefjell area more or less to themselves right up until the beginning of the twentieth century. They have kept reindeer here for at least 500 years. Sámi cultural heritage relicts in the form of settlements and hunting sites can be found both inside the national park and in areas bordering it.

 

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

  • Website for Børgefjell/Byrkije nationalpark
  • Norwegian Environment Agency about the park here