A wolf is probably not an animal you’d fantasize about cuddling and you definitely wouldn’t want to let one anywhere near your face, but that’s exactly what tourists and locals sign up for at this wolf sanctuary in Norway.
Polar Park is an animal wildlife sanctuary with social wolves raised to thrive in the company of humans. Unlike wild wolves, these ones don’t fear humans and visitors can get close enough to touch and even cuddle with them!
The attraction educates people about the important value these majestic beasts have on our ecosystem and spreads an important message about wildlife preservation. Grey wolves are listed as “critically endangered” in the Norwegian Red List for Species, and a research report from 2013 revealed that Norway only has around 68 wolves left. Their numbers are rapidly declining because of careless hunting practices and human encroachment.
Polar Park is one of the few places in the world where you can get a close encounter with one of the most fabled animals in Europe. Safety is naturally a big concern; before you can enter the enclosure, you have to be willing to follow the keeper’s instructions, dress appropriately and be in good physical shape.
In addition to letting visitors spend time with wolves all year round, Polar Park also has a luxury “Wolf Lodge" built right in the middle of one of the wolf enclosures that guests can only enter through a tunnel from an outer fence. The lodge has large windows that let you watch the wolves as they go about their business to give you a truly unique wilderness experience.
Visit the Polar Park website for more information. There’s really no better setting for enjoying the northern lights!