Stabbursdalen nasjonalpark, Lakselv

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Stabbursdalen National Park lies in North Norway. It contains the northernmost pine forest in the world. It is located in Porsanger Municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. The park surrounds the Stabburselva river and its surrounding valley, just west of the large Porsangerfjorden. A small corner of the park extends into neighboring Kvalsund Municipality.
The Stabbursdalen National Park contains many of Finnmark's typical landscape forms: barren mountains, open plateaux and narrow ravines, with scattered mountain birch and stretches of pine forest. Waterfalls and rapids interspersed with deep pools of still water mark the Stabburselva river as it runs through the National Park. At Luobbal (Lompola) it sweeps gently into wide bays. The bare rugged mountains of Gaissene to the southeast contrast with the ancient undulating landscape to the north and west. The park was originally established in 1970, conserving a 98km2 area of forest surrounding the river. In 2002, the park was vastly expanded to cover a total of.
Some 7,500–5,000 years ago when the climate was warmer, the pine forest spread far inland along the fjords and valleys. As it grew colder, the forest retreated and has only survived in sheltered valleys like Stabbursdalen, where it forms the world's northernmost pine forest (Porsanger climate). Its protection is therefore one of the major objectives of this national park.
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  • There is a 6km loop walk into the park and next to fjord (unfortunately last km along the road), with information panels along the way in English (as well as Norwegian and Sami). Easy and beautiful...  more »
  • We spent the night in our hammocks at Rørkulpen. 8 km on dusty roads, and one km of walking. The mosqitoes had just arrived, but we survived. A fireplace, a river, a simple toilet and peace. The...  more »
  • Amazingly beautiful park with some great walks. We took the 5km route to the waterfall which was stunning. This route isn't suitable for people who are unsteady on their feet as almost the whole route is on boulders and there are some pretty steep ups and downs. Also the route was exceptionally slippy on the day we went due to fog and rain so the risk of slipping is high. The car park at the start of the trail has two good barbecues and toilets. It's also a great place for people in camper vans etc as a stay over place for the night.
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