Wildlife tours in Norway can be enjoyed year-round and bring you in contact with some amazing northern European animals. Birdwatching, in particular, can be rewarding, with White-tailed Sea eagles topping the list of must-see species. Norway’s many fjords, surrounded by dense forests, are perfect hunting grounds and roost spots for these mighty birds. The fjords give Norway one of the longest coastlines in the world, so sea-watching is a logical way to spend a birding wildlife tour in Norway. In...
Wildlife tours in Norway can be enjoyed year-round and bring you in contact with some amazing northern European animals. Birdwatching, in particular, can be rewarding, with White-tailed Sea eagles topping the list of must-see species. Norway’s many fjords, surrounded by dense forests, are perfect hunting grounds and roost spots for these mighty birds. The fjords give Norway one of the longest coastlines in the world, so sea-watching is a logical way to spend a birding wildlife tour in Norway.
In the coastal waters six species of scotar can be found, including Stejneger’s Scotar, which was named after the 19th-century Norwegian-born ornithologist, Leonhard Stejneger. Puffins are another charismatic species that draw birdwatchers to take a Norwegian tour. Some 30% of the world’s Atlantic Puffins make Norway their home and the offshore islands are great places to find colonies.
Other sea-going birds are Common, Spectacled and King Eider, smaller sea ducks such as Harlequin and Bufflehead, and 15 types of geese. These include in their ranks Taiga Bean-goose and Brant Goose, which migrate to the country, and the rare Red-breasted Goose. In fact, a great number of Norway’s bird species are migratory, so local knowledge of the best times of year to visit for particular birds is one of the invaluable services offered by specialist Blue Sky Wildlife tour operators.
However, birds are not the only reason to think about booking a Norway wildlife holiday. Some exciting mammals inhabit this northern European country and the seas around it. Further out from the coasts you can take to a boat to see Beluga and Sperm Whales, Orca, and Harbour and Ringed Seals. The forests in the interior harbour Eurasian Lynx, wolves and herds of Eurasian Elk that venture to the field margins to graze. Red Squirrels, Pine Martens and Wolverines also hide amongst the trees. Slightly easier to spot are the Musk Ox that live in the mountain areas along with Reindeer, that also roam the high north tundra along with Arctic Foxes. On the Svalbard Peninsula your wildlife tour to Norway can bring you into thrilling contact with Polar Bears and Walrus.
And to complete the attraction of a Norway wildlife holiday, you could time your trip to coincide with a Northern Lights show – surely one of the events of a lifetime!
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