Langedrag Nature Park is a magical place where humans can get up close and personal with animals and nature in the middle of beautiful Norwegian scenery. The park is located in Nesbyen, Norway (1,000 meters above sea level) which is two hours by car, or three by train from Oslo. People from all over Norway and Europe come to the park all year. Every week they are home to a new group of visiting school kids. Here you can meet wild wolves and listen to their howls, pet an arctic fox, feed a moose and reindeer, and even more fun activities.
When to go:
The park is open the entire year, with every season offering new and exciting. adventures. Summer is the high season. During these two months the park has over 1,000 visitors every day. It is very busy, but the most activities are available. After summer the rest of the year is quiet. There is also a special off-season discount on tickets. We went on a weekday in September and were 6 of 10 visitors that day. It was wonderful. The park was quiet, and the leaves were beginning to turn a brilliant shade of yellow. We were able to participate in farm life, horseback ride in the mountains, and meet all the animals, who were clearly enjoying the chill air and sunshine. In the winter the park becomes a winter wonderland. Cross country skiing,followed by warming up with a delicious bowl of homemade stew , is popular.
It’s best to arrive early so you don’t miss any thing.
Naturepark: 10am-6pm all year
Cafe: 11am-5pm all year
Worried about the commute from Oslo? Overnight stay in a their lodge or cabins is available.
Prices: Click here to view the costs for entrance, special activities, and overnight stay at the park (in Norwegian Kroner)
Daily programs (these change occasionally depending on the day and season):
- 12-2pm : pony riding
- 11-12:30 : Horseback riding tour
- 12:00 : Moose feeding
- 1:00pm-2:00pm : Voltige. Learn to balance on horseback
- 2:00pm : Wolves and lynx feeding. Interact with arctic fox and reindeer.
- 3:00pm-5:00pm : Pony riding
- 3:30pm : Foxcamp, a 30 minute up close meeting with the arctic foxes inside the enclosure.
- 3:30pm: Tour inside the wolf enclosure
- 4:30pm: Tour inside the lynx enclosure
- 3:30pm-5:00pm : Horsebackriding tour
- 3:30pm-5:00pm : Zipline through the forest
- 5:00pm : Goat milking
The activities listed in italics where all available on the day we were there, during the off-season. Some of them, including horseback riding and tours inside the enclose, have an added cost. Click here to view more activities that may not be listed above.
The park was founded as a farm in 1978, with the intention of creating a place where people can have a unique closeness with animals. They have 300 animals from 20 different species.
Langedrag is not a zoo. Many of the animals like the goats, horses, and occasional reindeer roam free out of enclosures. The lynx and wolves have enclosures so massive, they are still considered wild.
Our day at the park was wonderful. When you enter, the first thing you see are twenty goats and fifty rabbits wandering around.
Then, we met the horses we were going to ride. The horses at the farm are a small Norwegian breed. Our instructor gave a five-minute lesson which involved patting our horse on the rump to make it trust us… learning a few commands, and then hopping on. The actual riding was only for an hour. We started out on trails and then on the “off-road” path, which involved crossing streams and other small obstacles. The landscape surrounding us was unbelievably beautiful. The trees were beginning to turn yellow, and a golden morning light was cast though the open space.
Later in the day we went on a few tours to visit the wolves and lynx, and feed the moose, arctic fox, and reindeer. The man guiding the tours talked to us in English the entire time about all the animals and the history of the park.
Finally, it was time for the goats to be milked. The park is also a sustainable dairy farm. In the cafe you can try their homemade goat cheese. My sister’s and I unsuccessfully tried to milk a goat (it’s much harder than it looks). So instead, a nice lady, who works a the park, offered to squeeze goat milk into my mouth 🙂
All in all I would definitely recommend this park to families or anyone really. It was a great experience that we will not forget for a long time.
Happy travels xx -Iz