Rago National Park
The Rago National Park, north of Bodø between E 6 and the Swedish frontier, has an area of only 171sq.km/66sq.mi. Beyond the frontier are the Swedish National Parks of Padjelanta and Sarek. The park is reached by turning off E 6 at Nordfjord, north of Fauske; cars must be left in the village of Lakshola.This is good walking country, but there is little in the way of overnight accommodation, and walkers need to be properly equipped for the damp climate. The variety and beauty of the scenery, however, make Rago well worth a visit: nowhere else in Norway can such variety be found within such a small area.
The main artery of the Rago National Park is the Storskog valley, through which flows the Trolldalselv. Waterfalls tumble down through the fresh green pine forests which climb up the slopes of the hills to a height of 400m/1,400ft above the valley bottom. At 1,000m/3,300ft begins the glacier zone with its fields of snow and ice. The wooded valley is the haunt of elk, beavers and gluttons.
From Lakshola a trail runs east up the valley and then climbs gradually into the hills with their sparse growth of vegetation. Passing the only mountain hut in Rago National Park (overnight accommodation), the trail follows the old route into Sweden which was used by the Sami driving their reindeer from their summer to their winter grazing grounds. To the right rises the bare Ragoberg (1,300m/4,265ft), in which silver and lead were discovered before the First World War, but in such small quantities and in such difficult conditions that they were not worth working.