SPECTACULARE NATURE

Reisa National Park was created in 1986 to “preserve a beautiful and virtually untouched mountain valley surrounded by mountains and with its flora and fauna and geological resources”. The park covers an area of 806 km2. The area has one of the richest Arctic fauna.

GEOGRAPHY, LANDSCAPE AND GEOLOGY

Reisa river has cut into the mountain plateau during the long and mighty Reisadalen. Here is the big waterfall, “Mollis” fallswith its 269 meters total free fall is one of the gretaest and surely most scenic. Imofossen a few miles above “Nedrefossen” leads two rivers that meet in a narrow ravine with a large amount of potholes. One of these is more than 10 meters deep, and in this canyon is also a curved granitebow, unique to Norway. Reisadalen reminiscent of Alta Valley, is a truly magnificent natural setting.

North of the Imo’s steep mountains is creating a mighty canyon. There are many geological deposits of fine layering reductions in the mountains, with bedrock at the bottom, next a sand-and mud-rock layer of 200 meters, and cover rocks on top of this. Further against Finland the landscape broadens out with lots of hi-and moorland..

FLORA AND FAUNA

Plant and bird life are among the richest in the region, because of the rich and varied geological bedrock. There are good conditions for both acidic and calcareous demanding species. There are a total of 525 registered vascular plants, and out of 230 Norwegian mountain plants, we find 193 in this national park. Here we also find Eastern Eurasian species of plants, with dense and fine hardwood along the river.

Birds of prey thrive in the wild mountainous areas, with rough-legged buzzard, golden eagle, hawk owls, kestrels and falcon. Sometimes also seen white-tailed eagle in the park. In all there are observed 140 bird species in the valley, including red-throated loon and black-throated loon. Of the more rare we find rare bean goose, lesser white-fronted goose and whooper swan.
Wildlife includes wolverine, lynx and fox. The Sami Njállaávzi name means fox gorge (njalla = fox). Fox is in clear decline. Predators have a good supply of venison. Also, brown bears may be encountered in the national park..

CULTURAL HERITAGE

Reisa valley is a meeting place for the three historic cultures – Sami, Kven (Finnish) and Norwegian. All peoples have long roots in the area, Saami lived here at least from the 1500s. In the 1700s, Finnish immigrants settled, maybe they brought the valley’s distinctive riverboat with them. Kven culture is a theme in the Halti National Park Centre. The boat trip was first built as manual powered by the use of a pole/stick, but are now motorized.

Reisa valley and surrounding mountains areas have been important areas for hunting, trapping and fishing. Many hunters still continue to catch grouse in the snare. The pine forest was in the old days used for wood and tar, which provided important income for many farms well itno the 1900s. You can take a look at residual tar miles several places.
(Source: Wikipedia, autotranslated by Google)

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