During our stay at Dovrefjell we will concentrate our photographic efforts on two of the most iconic Scandinavian wildlife species in their natural environment – the Musk Ox and the Arctic Fox (Arctic Fox will depend on the Leming population status).
Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park – to give the area its full name - is the only place in Norway, and one of the few places in the world, where you can see the impressive Musk Ox, or “Moskus” as they are known in Norwegian.
There is a growing population of these amazing prehistoric mammals in the Dovre Mountains, and the area has long been held as a premier musk ox photography site world-wide.
The Bulls can weigh in at between 400 and 500 kilos and have a turn of speed in excess of 60kph, yet strangely enough are more closely related to sheep and goats than they are oxen - that's some sheep!
Early to mid September should see Dovrefjell displaying a riot of autumnal colours as nature prepares itself for the onset of the highland winter. Our trip is also timed to coincide with the latter half of the Musk Ox Rut, so we could be in for some really fabulous backlit shots as the bulls do battle with each other over mating rights.
Arctic foxes abound in Dovrefjell and even though they look so very different without their winter coats they still remain full of natural curiosity; it has been known for some of them to virtually take food from your hand even though they are wild animals; though it's not a good idea to try this – they bite.
(As mentioned above, Arctic Fox present in suitable locations for us is dependant upon the fluctuating Leming population).
And let's not overlook the prospects for spectacular landscape photography – the topography of the area coupled with the naturally 'expansive skies', time of year and nature of the light will yield some superb potential for landscape photography.
If the Leming population has crashed and the Arctic Foxes are still in the upper highland region and out of our reach, we can either have a second day with the Musk Ox or maybe Moose, or if the weather is poor we can make the 7 hour drive to Lauvsnes and gain an extra day with the eagles.