Råne Älvdals nature reserves

Råne Älvdals nature is special. It is the realm of the great forest with free water and rolling moorland. Here is a healthy and strong fauna represented by moose, reindeer, bear and lynx. The bird life is varied with great species richness, especially among woodpeckers, seabirds and birds of prey. The arrival of the whooper swan during the spring winter signals the onset of spring and the large pocket collection at Vitträsket suggests the arrival of autumn. The special nature, its flora and fauna, is protected by a number of Natura 2000 areas and nature reserves. Here are some tips on nature reserves worth visiting.

1. Snöberget
Kalottberget reaches 271 meters above sea level and is the highest in the lower parts of Råne Älvdal . The area has a special value in its special deciduous forest. The flora is rich, especially of mosses and lichens.

2. Snottermyrberget
At this nature reserve you can experience a in many respects untouched forest environment nestled between most peaks and smaller marsh areas. Between the peaks is also the crystal clear lake Vit-Aborrtjärn. Here you can see clear traces of the ice sheet’s progress. Extensive view of the Råne river valley.

3. Reindeer skin coals
Old forest, both conifers and leaves, dominates the mountain surface. Traces of several fires can be seen and overlying spruces reach an age of around 400 years.

4. Björnbergen
The peaks in this dramatic area filled with steep slopes and flat peaks range from 80 to 270 meters above sea level, and are covered with varying forest types and great diversity of small habitats. There are several bear nests in the area.

5. The hanging head
The mountain between Åträsk and Övre Flåsjön. The area is fire-marked with large parts of primeval forest-like stands. Only the highest part of the mountain reaches over the highest coastline, and the area houses several ancient remains in the form of settlement pits.

6. Åbojen
This nature reserve is characterised by mountainous land and varying forest types that have arisen due to most fires. Here is a special area with an unaffected pine population of 350-400 years. Here, many of the pines’ circumference reaches more than 250 cm. Åbojens highest point reaches 332 meters above sea level.

7. Yttre Storberget
This mountain is 278 meters above sea level. On the slopes of the mountain you can see traces of the waves of the sea. In 1933 a fire ravaged the mountain and you can still see traces of it.

8. Blåkölen nature reserve
South Blåkölen is characterized by a deciduous coniferous forest that grew up after a forest fire. The peak at 368 meters above sea level is found in South Blåkölen nature reserve. In the mountain area there are peaks with, in total, more than 200 meters height difference. The reserve is especially important as there are over 400 listed beetle species, many of which are red-listed. In the reserve there is a rich fauna with mountain wolves, peregrine falcons and many of the large predators.