Norway is renowned for mountainous national parks that feature stunning fjords and lakes. Approximately 12 percent of the country is under protection with much of that accounted for by national parks.
Norway National Park FAQs
How many National Parks are in Norway?
There are 47 national parks sprawled across the stunning country of Norway.
What is the largest national park in Norway?
Sør-Spitsbergen National Park largest national park in Norway. It covers an area of 5,130 sq mi (13,287 sq km).
What is the smallest national park in Norway?
Gutulia National Park is the smallest national park in the country. It covers an area of 8.9 square miles (23 sq km).
What was the first national park in Norway?
Anderdalen National Park was the first national park in Norway. It was established in 1970.
What percentage of Norway is protected land?
The protected areas of Norway collectively account for just over 12 percent of the country's terriorty. Along with national parks, the protected areas include landscapes, nature reserves, natural memorials, and smaller protected areas.
Norway is located in the far northern region of Europe borderd by Finland and Russia to the northeast, however the longest shared border is with Sweden. The remaining border is covered by hte North and Norwegian Seas. The country covers 148,720 square miles (385,207 sq km) of territory.
Mountain terrain account for much of the country's territory. It is renowned for incredibly fjords, expansive lakes, and glaciers. Collectively, Norway as approximately 400,000 lakes. Sognefjorden is the world's longest fjord at 127 miles (204 km) and the second deepest. Hornindalsvatnet is the deepest lake in Europe. Along the coastal waters, there are 239,057 recognized islands.
Norway is rich in biodiversity. When you get past the 16,000 species of insects, the over 32,000 species of algae, lichen, mosses, fungi, and vascular plants, there are 450 species of birds, 90 species of mammals, 3,500 salt-water invertebrates compared to 1,000 species of fresh-water invertebrates. Over 4,000 species of these are on UNESCO's Red Lst