Birdwatching in North of Norway – A bird destination


In general: Finnmark is the northernmost county in Norway, and it has always been an area where east meets west, in culture as well as in nature and geography. Finnmark is also a melting pot where northern and southern, western and eastern species meet in a variety of habitats.

More than 250 bird species

More than 250 species of birds are recorded in the county, and depending on the season you may find a large number of interesting species: White-billed Diver/Yellow-billed Loon, Whooper Swan, Bean Goose, King Eider, Steller’s Eider, Smew, White-tailed Eagle, Hen Harrier, Osprey, Gyr Falcon, Capercaillie, Hazel Hen, Rock Ptarmigan, Common Crane, Little Stint, Red Knot, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Jack Snipe, Spotted Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, Red-necked Phalarope, Long-tailed Skua, Little Gull, Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Snowy Owl, Great Grey Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Redthroated Pipit, Bohemian Waxwing, Bluethroat, Ring Ouzel, Arctic Warbler, Siberian Tit, Siberian Jay, Pine Grosbeak and Little Bunting. Almost everything may show up in Finnmark. The list of rare vagrants includes extraordinary species like Bridled Tern, Egyptian Vulture, Stilt Sandpiper, Little Curlew and Spectacled Eider.

Text above: Morten Günther.

Varanger Penisula

Varanger peninsula included surrounding area is one of the worlds 10 best birdingsites, and is well known internationally. Jakobselvkaia AS is situated along the south side of Varanger peninsula, in Vadsø municipality / the village Vestre Jakobselv. Our location is an excellent base for birders as well as naturephotographers. Our base lays between Nesseby Church and Vadso harbor, both known as excellent birding-locations. Our base / accommodation is situated only 100 meters from the beach, that is an well known birdigsite as well.. Furthermore, the distance to Varanger Birdpark is only 3 km.

More information can be found here.


Birdwatching with a guide

Øiving is the perfect man for he job. He will show you everything you need to know about Finnmark’s bird life.

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