Storelgen (The Big Elk) – Stor-Elvdal, Norway - Atlas Obscura

Stor-Elvdal, Norway

Storelgen (The Big Elk)

The world's largest moose statue towers above the highway between Oslo and Trondheim. 

When driving down the narrow drive of Norway’s route E3, you may be entranced by the scenic forests and water features. Still it is impossible to miss the giant, shining silver elk statue on the side of the road.

Storelgen, meaning “the Big Elk,” stands just over 32 feet tall (10 meters), beating out its fiberglass Canadian rival “Mac the Moose” in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, by about 12 inches (30 centimeters). 

The giant statue was created a rest stop for weary drivers, to break up the monotony for those traveling the road between Oslo and Trondheim. It marks the halfway point between the capital city and Trondheim in the north. It also doubles as a not-so-subtle reminder for drivers to watch out for local wildlife, elk included.

The statue was made by Norwegian artist Linda Bakke, in collaboration with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. It is made of a reflective steel that mirrors its beautiful surroundings. 

Know Before You Go

The statue is located at the Bjøråa picnic area and rest stop off of Route 3, in the village of Atna in the Stor-Elvdal municipality. It's impossible to miss, but the windy roads and erratic weather can be challenging for some.

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