03.07.2012 - The focus in our region is on the nature, and for a long time now the people in the Realm of Hamsun have shown they appreciate this. In particular this has been achieved by converting two important nature areas into national parks.

Rago National Park

Rago National Park is characterised by a wild, majestic mountain landscape with deep crevices and large boulders with thundering waterfalls, but also peaceful forests. There is a permanent population of wolverine here, while the lynx is a dispersal-resident animal. Rago borders the Swedish national parks Padjelanta, Sarek and Stora Sjöfallet. Together they form the largest protected area in Europe, covering an area of 5 700 km2.

The normal access route for visitors is from Lakshola via the valley of Storskogdalen to Lake Storskogvatnet. You will find a small network of marked trails, suitable for mountain hiking. Two self-service cabins are open for hikers, but they are relatively small so take a tent to be on the safe side.

Many of the lakes in Rago National Park have good stocks of trout and char and small game hunting is permitted in the national park. Remember to bring the required licence. For more information about licences, visit inatur.no.

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Sjunkhatten National Park

Sjunkhatten National Park covers an area of 417.5 km², including 39.8 km² of marine areas, in the municipalities of Bodø, Fauske and Sørfold. The national park contains one of the country’s highest densities of natural caves. The objective of the Sjunhatten National Park is to protect the nature and the cultural values of the traditional agricultural landscape.

Veikdalen Nature Reserve – a wilderness gem

Veikdalen Nature Reserve lies between the lakes Øvre Veikvatnet and Nedre Veikvatnet. The reserve covers an area of 325 hectares. The area has been designated a nature reserve to protect an isolated pine forest, which is scarcely affected by human activity. This involves preserving the natural ecological processes and the animal and plant population in the area.