We are planning a recce tour to the Land Of The Midnight Sun.
Come and join us in the most northern region of Norway, Finnmark, for one of the most spetacular sights in the birding year in Europe. We are travelling to Varanger Peninsular where we will stay for 5 nights to see, not only the millions of breeding seabirds on the steep cliffs of the northern coastline bordering the Artic Ocean, but also the tundra birds of the central region which is dominated by mires and moors. Veranga has the highest density of arctic and tundra birds in mainland Europe.
On the Peninsular we will look for Red-Necked Phalarope, Harlequin Duck, Spectacled Eider, Great Spotted Eagle, Semipalmated Plover, Short-tailed Dowitcher, Stilt Sandpiper, Buff-Bellied Pipit, and of course White-Tailed Eagle amongst the .many artic waders, skuas and auks.
We then move to Pasnik Valley for 4 nights which is just to the south of Varanger for completely different habitats and the chance to see Waxwing, Great Grey, Northern Hawk and Short-Eared Owls, Rough-Legged Buzzard and Merlin in and around the birch and pine forests.
The Pasvik River flows from Finland to its outlet at Kirkenes, which is our arrival and departure point from Oslo. The shallow parts of the Pasvik are most important birding areas with more than 200 species being recorded in and around the Reserve. We have the opportunity to see Goldeneye, Red-Breasted Mergansa, Goosander, Smew, and with luck we may also see Artic Warbler,and Little Bunting in the moist birch forests. Pine Grosbeak, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Siberian Tit, and Bluetail are also possible.
We are planning this recce to take place in the mid-May to Mid-June period. If you are interested in joining us please contact us for more information.
We would be delighted to welcome you