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
The whole tour was well planned. Accommodation in Oslo and Longyearbyen was very good. The ship was well appointed and very comfortable. The standard of food on board the ship could not be faulted. The same said about the staff and crew. The itinerary was well thought out. Flexibility was the key. The wildlife, the scenery and just being there is something that most people will never experience. It will stay with us forever.
A truly excellent holiday, beyond all expectations!
Anyone, especially on a first trip to the polar regions, should be prepared to have their mind blown away with the experience! The stunning scenery, the light, the superb wildlife living at the edge of existence, all fabulous. I especially enjoyed the hours of interaction between the four bears on a seal kill, how they managed to 'share' rather than squabble, one crossing over a mile of pack ice and open leads to join the feast - absolutely fabulous. As a birder, the Phalaropes spinning in the water, the Ivory Gulls taking every opportunity to join in the 'Bear Feast' and the buzz of visiting the two big Auk colonies will live long in my memory.