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
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
For me, the fact that the catering staff made no fuss about providing gluten-free food and in fact knew within 25 hours my name and requirements was such a bonus. All the Naturetrek leaders were approachable and helpful, Ed in particular. He didn't mind a complete novice 'birder' asking very basic questions and always ensured we all saw what was being pointed out. Well done Ed. All the Ortelius guides were also helpful and very knowledgeable. I enjoyed the whole polar experience, but particularly the flowers, glaciers and Polar Bears.
The trip was a wonderful experience, which exceeded my expectations in all its aspects - the scenery, the wildlife, the ship, the food - everything. All the naturalists/leaders/guides, both Naturetrek and local, were friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgeable and experienced. The ship's captain and crew and the catering/cabin staff were tremendous. They adapted and responded wonderfully to the constantly changing conditions and we were able to enjoy some fantastic wildlife viewing whilst cruising through magnificent scenery. The ship itself was perfectly suited to the expedition with the restaurant/viewing area allowing everyone to relax and watch the outside world in comfort. An enormous thank you to all concerned.
Trip leader - Chris was admirable...His knowledge and experience is readily shared and he is a great travelling companion. Expedition leaders on the boat were very competent and knowledgeable. They worked hard to offer the best possible itinerary with unexpected ice conditions.