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.
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"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
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.
The guides and all the staff on board were excellent! The organisation and content of the trip was first rate. The nature we encountered along the way was spectacular, particularly watching four Polar Bears at one site.
Although it is hyperbole to say so, this has been the best holiday ever. We were blessed with a huge amount of sunshine which enabled us to see almost every species on the Naturetrek list. The fellow travellers were equally keen and of great company. Led by a most knowledgeable Malcolm Scott whose enthusiasm is infectious and whose dancing has to be witnessed! The only downsides were only 3 polar bears and that we must rejoin the civilised world. But thank you Naturetrek for another excellent holiday.