Passerines can be found in the park’s few, but lush, deciduous forests, while the black grouse has permanent roosting grounds in the pine forest around Storskogvatnet. During some years, the birch forests in the national park house larger populations of willow ptarmigans, while further up in the mountains, the rock ptarmigans live. The fell is home to different birds, like the meadow pipit, snow bunting and the northern wheatear. In the steep mountain sides, both golden eagles and rough-legged buzzards nest, and close to running water you can find the white-throated dipper – Norway’s national bird. Rago National Park boasts plenty of lakes where you can find different birds nesting, like the red-throated and black-throated loon, the common sandpiper and the common goldeneye.

Photo: Bård Bredesen – Naturarkivet

Photo: Bård Bredesen – Naturarkivet


The mustelids thrive in Rago National Park. The wolverine is a permanent resident, living well in the in the inaccessible mountain areas. The stoat and weasel make the national park their home, their populations fluctuating with the supply of small rodents. The mink and pine marten is less seldomly seen, but are occasionally observed. The otter is not a permanent resident, but might visit the fish-rich lakes in central Rago.

Of larger wildlife is the moose common. The lynx are occasionally known the visit the national park, while a Swedish bear might cross the border into the park now and then.

The Duokta reindeer grazing district use the entire national park for different parts of the year.