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Wildlife in Norway

Our guide to some of Norway's amazing wildlife including the Arctic Fox, Wolf and Polar Bear

Norwegian Wildlife - Land and Air

Arctic Fox

Musk Ox

Polar Bear



White-tailed Sea Eagle


Norwegian Wildlife - Water

Beluga Whale

Beluga whales are also known as white whales. They are found in the northern reaches of the waters around Norway and are often seen off the coast of Svalbard. They can be up to 5 metres long and weigh up to one and a half tonnes. They feed primarily on fish and crustaceans. They can be found most commonly in pods ranging in size from 2-20 individuals, though pods of up to 100 individuals have been recorded.

Harbour Seal

Harbour Seals can be seen along the entire coast of Norway. When they are on land they gather in groups of 10-20 seals on beaches, intertidal areas and rocky outcrops. They feed on a variety of fish and will also eat crustaceans and some cephalopods. The pups can swim as soon as they are born. They are about 1.5 metres in size and can weigh around 100kg.

Killer Whale

There are thought to be around 3000 Killer Whales living in the Norwegian and Barents Sea around Svalbard. Males are usually larger than females with males growing to be up to 9m long and weighing up to 5.5 tonnes, whereas females grow up to just under 8m and can weigh up to just under 4 tonnes. They feed on fish, seals and other marine animals and will even attack blue whale calves in order to feed. They often work together to catch their prey, for example by herding fish into tight balls.

Ringed Seal

Ringed Seals live on the land-fast ice on Svalbard. They grow to between 1.1 and 1.6 metres and can weigh between 50 and 100kg, with males being larger than females. The Ringed Seal's main predators are Polar Bears, Greenland Sharks, Killer Whales and occasionally seal-eating Walrus. The Glaucous Gull and the Arctic Fox will, if the opportunity arises, eat the seal pups. The pups are able to hold their breath under water for over 10 minutes and dive to depth of around 90m.

Sperm Whale

Sperm Whales can often be seen off the coast of Norway during the summer. They can be as large as 60 feet long and have the biggest brain size on earth. The sperm whale feeds mainly on squid (both colossal and giant), but will also eat various fish. They can dive up to 3,280 ft and can hold their breath for up to 90 minutes.

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