Birding tour in Varanger, Norway
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Varanger and Pasvik.

This is one of the best birding destinations in the World! Located in far North –East Norway, along the Russian border and the Barents Sea.  This is home to some of the rarest and most beautiful birds in Europe. Some of them are critically endangered and hard to find elsewhere. It is the remaining European stronghold of a number of species of Shorebirds, Seabirds and Passerines.

The weather is generally better than earlier in the year, but the temperature may vary from thirty plus to zero degrees Celsius.

Fixed tours.

  • 8 days (7 night) with 4 -8 participants.
    Price for an all-inclusive tour:  19 000 Norwegian Kroner.

 

Including:

  • Accommodation seven nights, in three different hotels.  All located right by great birding areas.
  • All Ground transport.
  • All meals. The breakfast and dinner will be at the hotels. From 06:00 – 08:00 and 18:00-20:30.  Packed Lunch.
  • Access to the Hornøya Bird Cliff.
  • Full time guiding.

Birding in the midnight sun, Varanger
June-July

The Varanger peninsula and the Pasvik valley. 

The midnight sun rips the artic landscape in a colourful light. The lovely atmosphere is accompanied by the singing Bluethroats, Lapland Buntings, Red-throated Pipit, and Shore Larks. 

During June the last migratory birds returns.  The latest is the Arctic Warbler and the Little Bunting wish both breeds in the Pasvik valley.  They winter in South-East Asia and has their Western most distribution in Northern Scandinavia. This is also home for several other Siberian species, such as Northern Hawk Owl, Siberian Jay, Siberian Tit, Waxwing, Pine Grosbeak, Smew, Whooper Swan and Taiga Bean Goose. Some of the other species you are likely to find here is Short-eared Owl, Little Gull, Capercaillie, Black,-and Willow Grouse.

Little Bunting Little Bunting

The tundra

After a long winter, the high-alpine mountains are filled with life. Eurasian Dotterel, European Golden Plover, Long-tailed Skua, Shore Lark, Lapland Bunting and Snow Bunting are character species here.  In the first half of June, the spectacular Ruff lek goes on. A photo hide can be set up at certain locations. The European populations  has unfortunately declined dramatically, so extra precautions is required when photographing the lek. The  Jack Snipe can seen flying around its territory, while making his strange galloping sound.

Hornøya bird cliff

At the Hornøya bird cliff  the nature shows it`s most charming and brutal side, as the chicks are hatching.  The fight for survival is obvious and the large Gulls, Ravens and White-tailed Eagles are a constant threat. European Shag, Atlantic Puffin, Razorbill, Common,-and Brünnick`s Guillemot all breed here, close to the path that takes you through the colony.  Other species that lives on this most eastern part of Norway are Barnacle Goose, Greylag Goose, Great Skua, Black Guillemot, Twite and Rock Pipit.

Varangerfjord

The shallow waters of the Varangerfjord is ideal for feeding Seabirds.  White-billed Divers, Great Northern Divers and King Eiders are possible to see the whole summer. Usually also singe individuals of the critically endangered Steller`s Eider.  The Huge mudflats and the long and diverse coastline, attracts huge numbers of shorebirds. Dunlin, Common Ringed Plover, Red-necked Phalarope, Temminck`s Stint and Turnstone are just some of the many species you will see.

Sea watching can be very productive in the inner part of the Varangerfjord, during Eastern winds. With some patience and luck can Sabine`s Gull, Leach Storm Petrel, European Storm Petrel, Manx Shearwater and Red Phalarope be seen. At this time the most unexpected birds can appear. Almost every year a “mega rarity” shows up, as well as several local rariteies.

 

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An all-inclusive tour normally last from 7 – 12 days. With accommodation in nice hotels, all ground transport, meals and entrance fee included. Shorter tours and day trips is also arranged.