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 leaders, both Naturetrek and Oceanwide, were very professional, knowledgeable and very approachable. Nothing was ever too much trouble. They worked tirelessly to find the animals. The Captain of the ship was so skilled at edging slowly towards the animal which enabled us to watch images of the Polar Bears devouring a Bearded Seal. the Arctic Fox eating a Guillemot, and the stunning scenery will stay with me forever.
I liked both the Naturetrek guides and the Ocean Adventures team. Special mention goes to Sarah who made a special effort to make sure that everyone was seeing everything. But they were all very helpful and very pleasant people. The Captain of the ship needs a special mention too as he was so passionate about wildlife and also so welcoming on the bridge. I think that we went at the right time of year to see the nesting birds and of course the Polar Bears and the fact that so many travellers seemed to be doing this trip for a second time speaks volumes.
I enjoyed seeing the Polar Bears and other wild animals and birds in their own environment. The fantastic colours and formations of the ice, is wonderful scenery. The 24 hours of daylight is an experience, not to miss a minute of it. This was my second visit to Spitsbergen, I look forward to visiting this magical, spectacular place again.