Räntemåla Gård Älg Park is a haven for älg, each with their own story to tell. The älg (elk/moose) are very shy creatures, and despite me coming backwards and forwards to Scandinavia regularly for over 40 years now, I had never managed to see one of these beautiful animals. Even though we are out in nature a lot, and hiking off the beaten trail, the experience had alluded me. Räntemåla Gård Älg Park, offers visitors the opportunity to see these stunning animals in their natural environment.
Älg first appeared on Räntemåla Gård Älg Park back in 1996, when an abandoned calf, called Helga, (they all have names), was found in a paddock and eventually made his home on the farm. There are many tales to tell behind the reasons for each älg being there, and they are so fun to listen too. There has even been an escapee, leaping over the fence, only to find that he returned during hunting season to never leave again….he wasn’t keen on hunting season!!
We headed up to Räntemåla Gård Älg Park one late summer’s afternoon. You need to check the website for opening times and months of the year. They work around the älg life. They like to eat in the late afternoon, hence the farm being open to visitors then, as you will see them. They know where there is good, easy, food and head up to the meadow to get some. It also closes to the public before the summer is finished, as although these lovely creatures are very tame (and we got lots of opportunity to stroke and feed them) they are still wild animals. Come September the males will be looking to mate and will become aggressive. In order to prevent anyone getting hurt, they close the farm to the public well in advance to prevent any randy älg causing havoc.
I totally and utterly fell in love with these beautiful animals, and it is safe to say I am now totally besotted with them! We fed them bread (even bananas to one cheeky bull), and stroked their velvety antlers. We rubbed their noses, and had a little chuckle about their gangly legs and interactions with each other. They are amusing to watch together. The farm owners did a very informative background chat, which was also funny, and we learnt so much. It was very hands on and a very close up experience. I would recommend it to anyone as a way to see these very shy, but lovely animals. Our three were speechless, in awe, and although nervous at first, they were keen to get touching and stroking once they got used to their presence and size. It was so lovely for them.