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The Hardanger Plateau and National Park

Production year: 2010 | 1x52' | Genres: Nature
The largest mountain plateau in Europe
Origin country: Norway
Production company: NRK Norsk Rikskringkasting AS
Original title: Hardangervidda Nasjonalpark
Original language: English
Formats: HD

The largest mountain plateau in Europe with Norway’s biggest stock of wild reindeer and rich bird and animal life and varied flora.

The Hardanger Plateau is the highest mountain plateau in Europe. In 1981, 3,500 sq. km of the plateau were designated a national park - the biggest in Norway - on condition that the area's natural resources should remain open to utilization as before. The boundaries of the park were largely determined by the local lakes and rivers, whose power is of great economic value - though at a price. Much of the park is private property, the rest being state-owned commonland on which the local population has prior right to hunt and Fish. The plateau supports the biggest stock of wild reindeer in the country. This valuable resource, which has been exploited ever since the last ice receded some 10,000 years ago, is still under threat all year round.

Culling is essential as, had hunting not been permitted, there would be too many animals for the food available, as there are no large predators on the plateau to reduce their numbers. But the Hardanger plateau has much more to offer than reindeer, hunting and fishing. In the west, the soil is highly calciferous and in consequence this part is rich in flora. The plateau marks the southernmost range of many species of northern birds, while the central areas of wetland are noted for their widely varied birdlife. Unhappily, many species are endangered, some because the birds become entangled in nets and drown, others owing to a paucity of small rodents since 1995. In the course of the last few decades, wolverines, Arctic foxes and snowy owls have also vanished from the plateau.

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