The wild reindeer areas in Norway


The Norwegian wild reindeer populations are currently managed in 23 more or less separate management areas in Southern Norway. In addition, Norway is responsible for species management on the Svalbard islands, which includes the management of the wild reindeer population there.

Divisions and delimitations on the mainland are the result of natural factors, human infrastructure and practical management considerations. The number of wild reindeer in winter totals roughly 25,000 animals, the largest population of 6,000 to 7,000 animals being found on Hardangervidda.

Previously, wild reindeer probably used the mountainous areas in the whole of Norway, but as a result of extensive hunting and trapping, wild reindeer were driven into the most central areas of Langfjella and the Dovre/Rondane region of Southern Norway in the late nineteenth century.