Bøyabreen Nature Reserve in Fjærland/Sogndal
Bøyaøyri wetlands in Fjærland have been
protected as a nature reserve primarily because of migratory birds during spring
and fall. 90 different bird species have been observed, and approximately 50
species are nesting in this area. In Bøyaøyri, fresh water from the river mixes
with saline water from the fjord. This type of brackish water deltas is among
the most biologically productive ones in Norway.
Flostranda Nature Reserve in Stryn
Flostranda Nature Reserve is an area
rich in botanical diversity (more than 360 species of vascular plants),
variations in types of forest and substantial biological production. Flostranda
has a southern exposure in a steep hillside sheltered from cold northern winds.
Various large old trees provide a biotic environment for many rare and demanding
species of insects, fungi and lichens. The Flostranda forest is a relict of the
large deciduous forests which spread across Norway in a warm period following
the last ice age. This is the largest unbroken lime forest in Northern Europe.
Jostedalsbreen National Park Centre maintains a botanical interpretive trail in
Nigardsbreen Nature Reserve in Luster
Nigardsbreen Nature Reserve was
established in 1985 and is situated just outside the the national park
established 6 years later. This is a very good place to study the plant
succession, how plants re-colonise areas where the ice has disappeared.
Following the “little ice age” around 1750 the glacier made several smaller
advances, all of these upstream in the valley, and left behind end moraines, all
of which are dated. Each time you pass a moraine on your way up the valley, you
may notice variations in the vegetative makeup. Nigardsbreen Nature Reserve has
a common borderline with Jostedalsbreen National Park. Walking from the car park
to Nigardsbreen takes about one hour.
Myklebustdalen Nature Reserve in
The purpose here is to preserve a marshy
wetland with a wide spectre of bogs which are characteristic for hillside
locations, including rain bogs. It is intended to preserve the entire variety of
bogs and types of vegetation in the area with natural flora and fauna.
Prestestøylen Nature Reserve in
The purpose is to preserve a wetland
with a considerable and well developed variety of bogs and natural flora and
fauna. The area features rain bogs and vegetation representative of their
geographical location and height above sea level. A characteristic aspect is the
bog filling the entire valley bottom, having developed through interaction with
a meandering river.
Tjønnane Nature Reserve in Innvik/Stryn
The purpose is to preserve a rare
combination of bog types, the regionally unusual string bog, a well developed
inland type of blanket bogs, and the natural flora and fauna in the area. Many
bog tarns contribute to the natural diversity.
Yngsdalen Nature Reserve in Luster
The reserve has been established in
order to conserve a marsh with its natural flora and fauna. The size of the area
is unusual in Indre Sogn below the tree line; it features limy marshes and
wells, as well as rare and interesting plant species. One special feature is the
bog covering the valley floor, a meandering river and contrasting wetland
environment, a part of an intact river system.