Far north in Nord-Trøndelag County, by the Tronestjønna Lake, Namsskogan Family Park is located. It consists of an activity park and a popular zoo with many different animal species from the Norwegian fauna.
The park has a diverse range of activities – but it is the immediate closeness to the many predators that attracts most people. Here, you can see bears, moose, lynx, wolverine, wolf, deer, foxes, ferrets, grouses, ostriches, goats and several others. The fences are large so visitors have the opportunity to get close to the animals. Some patience is required to spot the animals.
The predators are fed at 12:30 p.m., the rest of the animals at 2:00 p.m. In addition, the employees are available to guide you through the different breeds.
It is estimated that 28 different animal species are living in Namsskogan Family Park.
The park activities include gold digging, bob-sleigh, crash boats, obstacle course, ball pits, bungee trampoline, motorized excavators and annual art exhibitions which are included in the entrance fee. You can also see the popular ‘Rebella Hex’ theater show (not included in the entrance fee).
(article continues below image)The roughest attraction by far is to ride in a 300 meter long line from the 30 meter high tower called Tøffingtårnet (Tough Guy Tower). The youngest test person was three years old – and the oldest 80 – so step away, cowards!
It’s a long walk around the entire lake, so a wagon or cart for the children is recommended. You can rent one for free at the entrance.
Namsskogan Family Park is located at the village of Trones in Namsskogan municipality. The Norwegian highway E6 passes the zoo. The park is located between Trondheim and Mo i Rana (155 miles /250 km each direction). The nearest airport is Namsos, about 54 miles / 87 km.
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Sunday during summer season. It is recommended that visitors spend least half a day, preferably more.
Price: Adults (16-64 years) NOK 275 = 46 dollars
Children (3-15 years) NOK 250 = 42 dollars
Senior (64-120 years) NOK 210 = 35 dollars
Family NOK 895 = 150 dollars
Groups (20 +) NOK 210 = 35 dollars
Dining: Two restaurants/diners and a kiosk are located inside the park area. You are allowed to bring your own food. Several grills have been mounted around the lake that visitors can use for free.
Facilities: Toilets are located on each end of the park. It may be a long walk for the youngest, but the park is so casual that the surrounding forest may certainly be used.
Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews
Source: Namsskogan Familiepark
Featured image by: Ingrid Riddervold