BY: ROB HOFFMAN
Ah wolves—the poster boys of Mother Nature’s glorious craftsmanship. There is hardly any beast in the animal kingdom that can compare to the shear majestic force of a wolf’s powerful frame, sleek coat and eternal stoic glare.
Surely, if you are reading this article you have at one point or another imagined befriending one of these beasts and taking it on heroic adventures across the frozen Alaskan wilderness. But as it turns out, the real action is happening over in Norway, where the Polar Park allows you to befriend wolves under the neon buzz of the northern lights. Here, you can forge brief relationships with nature’s finest, howl, run, and even cuddle with the animals without the lingering suspicion that their kindness is merely a sting operation to gain your trust before hungrily tearing you limb from limb.
Instead, these wolves were raised to thrive in the company of human companionship. Meeting and building relationships with wolves in this way pushes forward an important message of wildlife preservation—mainly that wolves are majestic as fuck and how much of a shame it would be to eliminate the species with careless hunting practices and encroaching industry.
Rather than butt heads with the species, Polar Park offers a much more reasonable and dignified option—and surely, there is no greater way to experience the northern lights.