Where does the bear live?

Written by Nicklas Iversen | Last edited 28. May 2021

The bear is a forest animal and can be found in several locations in Norway along the border with Sweden. You can find out more about the bear’s distribution on this page.

Foto: Roger Brendhagen.


A habitat is the type of area in which a species thrives. The bear’s habitat is the forest, from the coast right up to the tree line.

The bear often lives in inaccessible places, and likes to rest in such dense scrub and on such steep hillsides that it is difficult for people to get close. The tactics are the same when the bear search for the ideal place to dig a den. This way the bear will be left in peace by hikers and other disturbances.

Foto: Roger Brendhagen


In Norway, the bear is found in areas next to the Swedish, Finnish and Russian borders.

Norway has what are called bear management areas. These are areas where the bear will be given priority over other interests, such as grazing and hunting.

It is worth remembering that these are the areas with she-bears, whereas male bears can pop up anywhere in the country. This is because male bears, and young males in particular, roam over large distances. 

This article has been written by Bjørn Henrik Stavdal Johansen, a nature guide at Visitor Centre Carnivore Flå.

Foto: Roger Brendagen.