Eider duck Map of Norway

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. This is also the remaining European stronghold of a number of species of Shorebirds, Seabirds and Passerines.

The weather in March and April can be rough. Freezing cold winds and Blizzards are not uncommon and temperature may vary from plus five to minus twenty degrees Celsius. The best weather is usually in the Pasvik valley. Usually the weather does not affect the birding, in a negative way.

Eider ducks and Aurora Borealis in Varanger
March-early April

Varanger peninsula and Pasvik valley.

“Enjoy the beautiful artic birds on closer range. From the intense bird cliffs to the peaceful taiga”

Ten thousands of King Eiders and Common Eiders are wintering along the arctic coast of Varanger. The critically endangered Steller`s Eider has become very hard to find in Europe. In Varanger it it still a common bird,- this time of the year. They often enter the fishing harbours, where they come close to land. From photo hides you can get close up to all the three species of Eider, as well as the Long-tailed Duck.

Hornøya bird cliff

At the Hornøya bird cliff, the Seabirds are returning in thousands. Now they compete for the best breeding sites. The fighting Puffins are a spectacular sight and popular for photographers. A path takes you through the colony, just meters away from the birds. This is one of the best places in Europe to see the Brünnick`s Guillemot (Thick-billed Murre). The other species you will get a near encounter with here is Common Guillemot, Razorbill, European Shag and Kittiwake. White-tailed Eagle is a fairly common sight and the rare Gyr Falcon is frequently seen, hunting in the birdcliffs.

Purple Sandpiper, Black Guillemot and Glaucous Gull are common birds along the coast. Iceland Gull, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter and White-billed Diver occur in smaller numbers. We will also keep an eye out for the rare Ivory Gull.

The Snow Buntings arrive in the secound half of March and gather along the coast in big flocks.

 

Fighting Puffins Fighting Puffins

Siberian specialities

The taiga forest in the Pasvik valley,- is home for several Siberian species. Bird feeders attract Pine Grosbeak, Siberian Jay, Siberian Tit and Arctic Redpoll as well as Willow tit and Northern Bullfinch. The Hawk Owl is often sitting exposed, close to the road. Willow Grouse, Black Grouse, Capercaillie and Waxwing are other species we will search for,- along the Russian border.

Aurora borealis. The Northern lights can be a spectacular sight. This is a good place and time to see this unique nature phenomenon. We will look for it in the evenings with clear sky.

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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.