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Wildlife holidays in Norway

Tell me about Norway …

An independent monarchy in the north of Europe, Norway boasts a spectacular coastline extending more than 21,000 kilometres and punctuated by a myriad of deep fjords.

Away from the coast the country consists of large expanses of high plateaux, mountains separated by deep glacial valleys and tracts of mainly coniferous forest studded by lakes.

This is a wild, largely unspoilt country with a human population density less than 1/17th that of the UK in a land area 80,000 square kilometres larger. The proximity of the Arctic Circle influences all aspects of Norwegian life resulting in long daylight hours through the summer months and correspondingly short winter days.

Our Norway specialist recommends...

"Our ‘Norway’s Varanger Fjord’ tour visits the Varanger Peninsula, we hope to see some real Arctic specialities with Steller’s and King Eiders possible as well as Gyr Falcon. Our ‘Spitsbergen Wildlife Cruise’ is a wildlife expedition where you can experience the spectacular scenery and the amazing Arctic wildlife, including the Polar Bear."

Paul Stanbury
Operations Manager

 

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Long-tailed Skua (Jari Peltomaki)Ruff (Jari Peltomaki)Lapland Bunting  (Jari Peltomaki)Dotterel (Jari Peltomaki)Varanger Fjells (Jari Peltomaki)Varanger  (Jari Peltomaki)Polar Bears (Paul Stanbury)Arctic Tern (Paul Stanbury)Spitsbergen (Paul Stanbury)Walrus and Polar Bear (Thomas Mills)Little Auks (Thomas Mills)Arctic Tern (Thomas Mills)Pine Grosbeak (Jennifer Horn)(Jennifer Horn)Snow sculptures and carriage (Jennifer Horn)River winding through the snow (Jennifer Horn)Nutcracker (Jennifer Horn)Tracks in the snow (Jennifer Horn)

Whats special about the wildlife?

The flora and fauna reflect the relatively harsh environment at this northern extremity of Europe, but one of the most unexpected features is a mostly ice free winter coastline thanks to the Gulf Stream waters.
Naturalist visitors from southern Europe will find a great deal that is unusual and unfamiliar in these northern climes.

Naturetrek tours to Norway

Naturetrek offers a range of wildlife holidays and natural history tours to Norway, including alpine flowers of the Gol Plateau, spring bird watching in Varanger Fjord and the Arctic uplands. In addition we have a short summer break to the Lofoten Islands which focuses on seabirds and whale watching.

What might I see?

  • Huge sea duck gatherings at Varanger Fjord, plus seabird colonies where Brunnichs Guillemots are among the nesting species
  • Specialised flowers & birds of the moorland, woodlands & alpine meadows around the Gol Plateau
  • Arctic passerines in taiga forests
  • Sperm Whales, the midnight sun, plus seabird & seal colonies in Norways spectacular Lofoten Islands
  • An excursion on the famous Flam railway

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Norway HOLIDAYS

J.H.
Cambridgeshire
Norway's Varanger Fjord

I thoroughly enjoyed this well organised trip. Excellent food and hotels. Harri Taavetti was an excellent guide and superb driver
Even superlatives cant do justice to this trip. Simple outstanding. Superbly organised, led, executed and serviced. The ships crew were magnificent. For anyone with a sense of adventure and average agility it is hard to imagine a better trip. As for photographic opportunities, they were boundless. A truly memorable experience. Thank you Naturetrek.
The trip was well up to expectations with a bonus of good weather. Animal sightings, plus the help from onboard experts certainly made the holiday - not forgetting the birds. It was also very pleasing to note that all staff seemed genuinely interested in all their clients. We will certainly recommend Naturetrek to our friends.