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North Montenegro Birding Tour - 8 Days

North Montenegro Birding Tour

North of Montenegro Birding: Mountains, Lakes and National Parks

This leisurely paced 8-day North Montenegro Birding Tour is available on request and takes you to some of the most important areas for birds in the mountainous northern area of the country. Here the birding season starts in the late spring, later in the year than the warmer southern regions.

On this North Montenegro birding tour you will visit three National Parks – Durmitor, Biogradska Gora and Prokletije – and have an opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of some of the highest mountain peaks in this part of Europe. You can marvel at the crystal water of numerous lakes and rivers, explore deep forests and much more.

In the forests around Mount Komovi you can expect to see White-backed, Black and Grey-headed Woodpeckers, Hazel Grouse, Ring Ouzels, Rock Partridges, Alpine Choughs, Rock and Mistle Thrushes, and Golden and Short-toed Eagles. The shores of Lake Plav, Montenegro's largest glacier lake, in the foothills of Mount Visitor attracts Fieldfares, Mallards, Tufted Ducks, Coots, Little, Great Crested and Black-necked Grebes, Common Pochards, Common Teals, Corn Crakes and many species of Herons and Waders. At Lake Biograd and River Tara, we will visit the Crna Poda reservation, a forest complex of 400-year-old black pine trees that stand up to 45 metres tall, at the entrance to Europe's deepest canyon. Here you will find White-backed and Grey-headed Woodpeckers, Tawny Owls and Red-breasted Flycatchers. We'll explore for Pygmy Owls, Ural Owls, Nuthatchs, Coal Tits, Crested Tits, and Red Crossbills as we travel through the woods. The trail that leads to Black Lake, Durmitor National Park's largest glacial lake, is surrounded by a dense forest of spruce and other conifers that is home to Pygmy Owls, Ural Owls, Nuthatches, Coal Tits, Crested Tits and Red Crossbills. You may even be lucky enough to get a fleeting glimpse of a Capercaillie at Lake Hrid, where forest fairies bathe according to local legend.

Throughout this North Montenegro birding trip you will also enjoy traditional dishes and drinks, and learn about the often turbulent history of the country and its rich cultural heritage.

By taking part in this tour, you support conservation activities run by CZIP, the BirdLife partner in Montenegro.

North Montenegro Birding Tour Highlights include:

  • Enjoy an unspoiled region renowned for its high mountains, crystal-clear lakes, deep canyons, and mysterious forests
  • The opportunity to see up to 350 bird species found in the country, including migratory species traveling the Adriatic Flyway
  • Admire the high peaks and crystal-clear lakes of National Park Durmitor while searching for high-mountain species. Durmitor is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most biodiversity-rich parts of the country.
  • Wander through the National Park Biogradska Gora in search of secretive forest species, while one of Europe’s last remaining virgin forests reflects on the mirror-like surface of Biogradsko lake.
  • Explore National Park Prokletije with its high peaks, long ridges, and deep walleyes carved by glaciers. Amazing nature and a mix of cultures will not leave you indifferent.
  • Gaze up the arrow-straight black pines at the gate of the deepest canyon in Europe.
  • Expert guides will reveal the wide biodiversity of the region and introduce you to the vibrant history and culture of Montenegro
  • By the end of the tour, you will know why people always come back to this amazing country.

If you’d like to try an alternative tour, look at what this South of Montenegro Birding Tour has to offer.

Alternative Tour Name: North of Montenegro: Mountains, Lakes and National Parks
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival

Arrival. Pick up from Podgorica Airport (or another location) and transfer to Kolain hotel. We will pass through the spectacular Moraa Canyon on our approach to Kolain, and we will have the opportunity to see the Moraa Monastery, one of Montenegro's most stunning mediaeval monasteries.

Day 2
Day 2 - Komovi

The main exploration begins today, and we plan to begin with Mount Komovi, a Regional Park in Montenegro's north-eastern region. It is a region surrounded by the Lim and Tara rivers, with diversified flora and fauna, beautiful mountain springs and creeks, high mountain peaks, and charming mountain settlements hidden between them.

In the beech and coniferous forests, we'll look for the White-backed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Hazel Grouse, Ring Ouzel, Nuthatch, Dunnock, as well as the Rock Partridge, Alpine Chough, Rock Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Golden Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, and Honey Buzzard on the open plains and beneath high peaks. We'll also get a glimpse into the lives of locals in traditional mountain villages. The day comes to a close in the town of Plav.

Day 3
Day 3 - Lake Hrid

After breakfast, we board 4x4s and drive to Lake Hrid, which is concealed beneath the steep cliffs of Hridski Kr (2358 m) and surrounded by towering pine trees and unique rock formations.

According to legend, forest fairies bathe in the lake, and some people believe that swimming in the lake will bring them good health and fortune. We may encounter the Red Crossbill, Nutcracker, Crested Tit, Willow Tit, Ring Ouzel, or possibly a fleeting glimpse of the Capercaillie as we descend deeper into the Macedonian pine forest.

Our trek will finally lead us to one of the traditional mountain villages, where we will be met by our conveyance.

Day 4
Day 4 - Valleys of Prokletije

After two days high in the mountains, we'll concentrate on the lower areas today, and what better place to begin than Lake Plav itself. It is Montenegro's largest glacier lake, located amid the foothills of Mount Visitor.

The lake attracts a variety of birds, including the Fieldfare, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Coot, Little Grebe and Bittern, Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Common Pochard, Common Teal, many species of Herons and Waders, and the Corn Crake, which lives in the moist meadows surrounding the lake.

The afternoon is set aside for Grebaje and Ropojana, two spectacular valleys surrounded by rocky peaks with snow-capped sides. We'll go deeper into the valleys on a short and simple hike in search of secret springs and waterfalls.

Day 5
Day 5 - Biogradska Gora & Tara Canyon

Today, we'll travel to Montenegro's western region. The Biogradska Gora National Park, Montenegro's oldest protected area, is the first stop of the day. Lake Biograd, surrounded by virgin forest, is at its centre.

While we try to hear and spot the White-backed Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Tawny Owl, Red-breasted Flycatcher, and several types of ducks relaxing on the lake, the mirror-like surface of the lake reflects all the beauty of the forest.

Our expedition continues downstream the River Tara after a peaceful walk around the lake. We will visit the Crna Poda reservation, a forest complex of black pine trees with trees 400 years old and up to 45 metres tall, at the entrance to Europe's deepest canyon.

While admiring the towering cliffs above us and the emerald waters of the Tara beneath us, our route continues deeper into the canyon.

We make another break just as the road begins to ascend out of the canyon and towards Durmitor. The cause this time is man-made, yet it is still a must-see for anyone visiting Montenegro. It's the well-known Tara Bridge.

At the end of the day, we arrive in Abljak, a delightful little village where we will spend the following two nights.

Day 6
Day 6 - Durmitor Ring

We're going to tour the majestic peaks of Durmitor National Park today. We'll go down the road that leads to the Tara Canyon's edge and deepest section, the Suica Canyon's bottom, and beautiful plateaus in between.

We'll continue going over high mountain passes, admiring the summits that soar above 2,000 metres. With its breathtaking views, landscapes of unspoiled environment, and true mountain villages where the way of life has remained virtually untouched for hundreds of years, this spectacular road will continue to surprise us.

We'll look for the Three-toed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Song Thrush, and Hazel Grouse in the woods, and the Golden Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Red-footed Falcon, Horned Lark, Water Pipit, Rock Thrush, and Rock Partridge on the wide grassy plateaus.

Day 7
Day 7 - Lakes of Durmitor

The agenda for today is straightforward: we'll eat breakfast, then visit a few lakes before lunch and a few more afterwards. We'll begin the day with a stroll around Lake Zminje.

We'll explore for Pygmy Owls, Ural Owls, Nuthatchs, Coal Tits, Crested Tits, and Red Crossbills as we travel through the woods. The trail will eventually lead us to Black Lake, Durmitor National Park's largest glacial lake, which is surrounded by a dense forest of spruce and other conifers.

After lunch, we'll go to both Riblje and Vraje Lakes in the hopes of seeing Lapwings and Marsh Harriers, as well as a variety of water birds, particularly waders and ducks.

As the day draws to a close, the route will gradually lead us from the high mountains of the north to the lowlands of Montenegro's south. We will spend the night in Pordgorica.

Day 8
Day 8 - Departure

Breakfast at the hotel, then transport to the airport in Podgorica (or other).

Some of the wildlife expected to see on this tour are:

Alpine Chough, Black Woodpecker, Black-necked Grebe, Capercaillie, Coal Tit, Common Pochard, Common Teal, Coot, Crested Tit, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Golden Eagle, Great Crested Grebe, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Hazel Grouse, Herons, Honey Buzzard, Horned Lark, Lapwings, Lesser Kestrel, Little Bittern, Little Grebe, Mallard, Marsh Harriers, Mistle Thrush, Nutcracker, Nuthatch, Pygmy Owl, Red Crossbill, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Red-footed Falcon, Ring Ouzel, Rock Partridge, Rock Thrush, Short-toed Eagle, Song Thrush, Tawny Owl, Three-toed Woodpecker, Tufted Duck, Ural Owl, Waders, Water Pipit, White-backed Woodpecker, Willow Tit

What is included?

  • Airport transfers
  • All accommodation or lodgings based on twin/double & single rooms
  • Single occupancy available for an additional charge/cost
  • Professional bi-lingual guide(s) and support staff, or
  • Specialist guide fees
  • Local transfers and all ground transport throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees to all National Parks, Nature Reserves and/or use of Hides where applicable
  • All meals
  • All activities as specified within the tour itinerary
  • Personalised checklists
  • All Applicable Taxes

What is not included?

  • All international or domestic airfares
  • Visa Fees (if applicable)
  • Travel & medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
  • Airport departure taxes or visa fees
  • Items of personal nature (incl. binoculars and telescopes)
  • If providing binoculars and telescopes then add within above
  • Optional tour extensions where applicable
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Drinks & snacks
  • Other personal expenses
  • Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”

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Why should I book with Monticola?

Monticola is the only specialist birding operator in Montenegro offering bird-watching tours and different types of ecotourism activities in Montenegro and neighbouring countries. By taking part in this trip, you support conservation activities run by CZIP, the BirdLife partner in Montenegro.

What is the climate of the area and what to wear?

The northern part of Montenegro is a continental area, with mountains over 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) and a continental climate for the most part. In the higher parts, the climate is very similar to that of the Alps. There are snowfalls in the winter and frosts during cold spells. Summers are usually pleasant, with highs around 26°C (79°F), and on hot days even above 30°C (86°F). So, what should I pack? When you go outside, you should bring light clothes like a T-shirt and long pants. You should also bring some warmer clothes, like an insulated jacket and gloves. In case it rains or there is an umbrella on the field trip, you should have comfortable hiking shoes. You should also have sunglasses or and sunscreen. Some days you should also bring a swimsuit and towel.

What sort of accommodation and vehicles do you supply?

We offer 3*+ accommodation. When planning our tours, we prefer to choose authentic accommodation that reflects the local nature and culture. All our accommodations are in the vicinity of locations that we visit during the tour. We supply vehicles such as Dacia Duster, Renault Trafic, and Mercedes Sprinter (or equivalent).

Internal flights, for example, or boats/ferries

No flights on tour. There is a boat trip on the tour, and it is included in the price.

What are your group sizes?

Maximum 12 person.

Do you arrange airport pick up/drop off?

We arrange airport pick up/drop off from/to Podgorica and Tivat airports.

Do you offer a single supplement option? Can you accommodate a third person/family?

We do offer a single supplement. It is an additional cost.

Do you include meals?

Yes, we do, up to full board.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

8 Days

Price & Availability

EUR1,550 / per person
Based on twin/double room
Single Supplement EUR 95
This tour is operated by: Monticola

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Tour Facts

  • Northern Montenegro
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 8 Days
  • 1 to 12 px
  • Middle April to Middle May
  • + 10 years
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English
  • Podgorica Airport
  • Podgorica Airport