Langsua National Park
The Langsua National Park was estabished in 2011 as an extension of the former Ormtjernkamen National Park and by connecting 6 old and 4 new nature reserves and landscape preservation areas. It is located between Valdres to the west and Gausdal to the east. Access points in Valdres are Storeskag i Øystre Slidre, Svarthamar i Nord-Aurdal og Lenningen i Etnedal.
Unique low-mountain landscape
Langsua National Park covers 537 sq km and features unique low-mountain landscapes, extensive marshes and a rocky mountain ridge that rises from the plains and streches from the two Langsua summits to Skaget, where it reaches its highest point at 1686 m.a.s.l .
Activities and accommodation
Langsua is an eldorado for nature nature experiences and outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking and back country skiing tours. During late winter (approx. from mid. Febrary to Easter) skiing routes are being marked, and during summer hikers find an extensive network of trails. The local "fjellstyrene" - mountain landscape management - of the municipalities Gausdal and Øystre Slidre maintain hunting- and fishing cabins of simple standard throughout the area which are open to everyone. Also, the Norwegian Hiking Association (DNT) has a number of hiking cabins where you can spend the night.
A rich biodiversity
The area has a range of different nature types of extensive value such as wetlands and swamps, old-growth coniferous forests and lush mountain birch forests. At Ormtjernkampen you can find one of the last ancient forests in Norway where plant and animals species can evolve completely without human interaction.
Rare and threatened species
Langsua Nasjonal Park is important for a number of threatened and rare species. Among plants we can mention Bearded bellflower (Campanula barbata), Oeder’s lousewort (Pedicularis oederi) and sedges such as Hudson Bay sedge (Carex heleonastes) and Weak sedge (Carex laxa). Rare fungi and lichen can be found on old and dead trees in the coniferous forest. The wetlands also provide vital habitat for Eurasian cranes, rare raptors such as Hen harrier and waders such as Whimbrel, Great snipe and Broad-billed sandpiper. Lynx and wolverines live and reproduct in the national park.
Nature and terrain
- national park
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