It’s summer time and you may want to experience more than a beach vacation for your family’s summer getaway. Of course, heading off to Mexico, Hawaii or the Caribbean isn’t too shabby of a deal, but there is more out there than white sandy beaches and sipping cocktails parlaying poolside. Okay, I am not making my case very well. Your mind probably went right off to the beach and windsurfing.
Let’s get back on track. For those of us seeking newer experiences to broaden our horizons, we may want to consider a wildlife safari. If you are anything like me, the first destination you considered was South Africa or Eastern Africa. It is without a doubt these two massive geographical areas host some of the world’s most renowned national wildlife parks. However, we are not talking about South Africa nor Eastern Africa today. Today, we are taking you on a wildlife safari journey to Norway. While you may not take in the Big 5 on these safaris, you will get your fill of wildlife and sea life. And the beauty of it all, the timeline to visit Norway to take a safari is June – September. Perfect for summer vacation time here in the USA.
Musk Ox Safari
Dovrefjell National Park offers you a very unique experience. An experience you are likely not to find many other places on the entire planet. Here you can see the majestic ox safari roaming about on a guided tour with the entire family. One fun fact: Musk Ox can run upwards 60 km/hr in speed. Not only that, but you can hike, trek, go cycling, horse back riding and so much more.
Polar Bear Safari
Visit the Svalbard Islands for a Polar Bear safari on your family wellness adventure. Bring your super frosty weather gear since Svalbard is halfway between the North Pole and Norway. Yes, you read correctly, the North Pole. It may just be the perfect time to bring your Christmas list for a firsthand experience with Santa and his reindeer. And since you are already in the area, you might as well go on a snowmobiling excursion or better yet, dog sledding. Anyone ever see the movie Snow Dogs with Cuba Gooding Jr? Well, that was in Alaska, but you get the jist.
Speaking of reindeer, while you are “up North”, you should go on a Reindeer Safari. Your kids will not stop talking about this safari more than likely. Especially if you have younger children still filled with the Christmas spirit. And while you are at it, take time to meet the Sami people of Norway in the Lyngenfjord area to get a taste for local culture and experiences.
King Crab Safari
Be still my heart with this safari. As a seafood lover, this safari would be such a thrill during a family wellness vacation in Norway. For this safari, perhaps you may consider hopping on a ship for the family aboard Hurtigruten to get upclose and personal. How else do you think you might get close enough for this exploration. Now in Kirkenes for this part of the trip, you meet up with your guide, head out by boat, cast your wide net to catch some scrumptious king crab for your lunch later that day. Yum!
For those of your wanting more of a sea safari experience rather than fishing, there is an unforgettable excursion in the Barents Sea to suit your fancy.
The Safari: As we put on warm clothes the guide talks about the area, where the sea eagle rules the air, just like the king crab rules the sea bed. Pretty soon, we are in the boat, on our way to the edge of the ice. – The ice is on its way back, as the winters are getting warmer. The king crabs are mating now, and finds the area where the ice starts to be the safest place, says our guide Guro.
The Russian diver gets in the water and disappears. We wait on the ice. 15 minutes later he appears at the surface with five enormous creatures. Our feast is a fact. The guide hands out dry suites, to put on top of our clothes, and we jump in the Barents Sea. We float around in the cold water, but we don’t get wet. A strange feeling of freedom. We laugh. ~ Visit Norway
Lynx, Fox and more…
For a more traditional style safari, you will not be disappointed visiting Langedrag Natur-Park, a mountain farm and wildlife park. This farm sits 1,000 meters above sea lever to give you stunning views of both the mountain and sea. The owners philosophy falls right inline with our family wellness travel philosophy:
We want the farm to be at one with nature as far as possible. With a great deal of respect for nature’s own selection over millions of years, here at Langedrag we have tried to conserve the most natural and primitive breeds of each kind of animal. Examples of this are the Norwegian fjordponies, the goats, the mouflon sheep, the highland cattle and pigeons. They all have markings and colours which nature has given them in the competition for survival. ~ Langedrag Natur-Park
Have you been to Norway on any of these adventures? Share your experiences with us in the comments below.