Large red deer population
There is a large population of red deer on the mountainsides and in the villages around Ålfotbreen. The surrounding area is part of the red deer’s core habitat in Norway. From the 1800s to the first part of the 1900s, there were fewer numbers of red deer and they were far less widespread than they are today.
However, in Ålfoten, Hyen and the area between, there have been red deer for hundreds of years, and this is one of the areas from which red deer have later spread.
A strong hunting culture
Due to the fact that red deer have been here for such a long time, red deer hunting has also been practiced here for many years. There are long traditions of red deer hunting in these areas, and there continues to be a strong hunting culture in these villages to this day.