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Wildlife holidays in Norway with Naturetrek
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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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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


Good mix of activities and lectures that broadened my knowledge. The combination of Naturetrek and the boat guides worked very well. The boat experts were excellent and I was blown away to be on the same boat as Ian Stirling - THE expert on Polar Bears!
A fantastic trip. It was a real privilege to spend time in such a unique environment. Thanks are due to the tour leaders from both Naturetrek and Oceanwide who organised everything so professionally, were eager to share their knowledge and created a really good atmosphere. A special mention also for the trip report - I don't think I've ever seen one as detailed and comprehensive.
The standard of accommodation and service on the MV Ortelius was outstanding, the devotion to searching out wildlife was excellent and the crew, staff and wildlife guides did everything possible to make our trip a success. The sightings were particularly good. One of the unexpected highlights was having the Polar Bear authority Ian Stirling on board. A memorable trip in every way.