Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve was established in 1974, extended in 1988 and is now Sweden’s largest nature reserve and one of Europe’s largest protected areas. Read on to find out about the Arctic fox project, outdoor pursuits and nature conservation work in Vindelfjällen.
Vindelfjällen’s wildlife and scenery are protected from exploitation and other encroachment. The purpose of the reserve is to conserve one of southern Lapland’s mountain regions in which almost all of the mountain habitat types are represented, and where reindeer husbandry is an integral part of the mountain ecosystem. It is intended to benefit reindeer husbandry, nature conservation and outdoor pursuits.
We work actively with nature conservation. Rangers, administrators and Naturum visitors’ centre staff provide visitors with information. Huts, windbreaks and trails facilitate visitors’ needs. Below is a list of the tasks we carry out in the reserve.
Management of Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve involves:
Inspection and monitoring
Information in Naturum visitors’ centres, in leaflets and on signs
Maintaining state-owned huts, trails, bridges and certain Sámi establishments
Maintaining Vindelfjällen Research Station
Providing firewood for huts and shelters
Hunting/fishing licenses and inspection
Licenses for private building on state land
Census of large carnivores
Census of gyrfalcon and golden eagle
Census of small rodents
Water and snow sampling
Arctic fox project
Encouraging and contributing to studies and research in Vindelfjällen