North Norway is birdwatchers’ paradise

Varanger is among the world’s top birding destinations
The Varanger peninsula in Finnmark, Norway’s northernmost region, is among the world’s top birding destinations – and the most accessible one in the Arctic, The Local reports.
Varanger has been attracting more and more birdwatchers from around the world, who also enjoy the stunning scenery, wildlife encounters, the midnight sun and the northern lights.
The author recommends the taiga environment of the Pasvik Valley, best visited in March-April, for the pine grosbeak, the ‘parrot of the northern forest’, as well as Siberian tits, Siberian jays, the great grey owl and the hawk owl.
In Nesseby, best in May-September, bar-tailed godwits, red knots, dunlins and ringed plovers can be seen in flocks of hundreds.
Ekkerøy is one of Finnmark’s most scenic bird cliffs, home to 20,000 pairs of breeding kittiwakes, while the island of Hornøya is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with Europe’s most accessible colony of Brünnich’s guillemots, plus lots of puffins, razorbills, European storm petrels and an infinite variety of other birds.
Båtsfjord with its floating hide and Kongsfjord with its beautiful scenery, wild reindeer and clifftop birdwatching are also recommended.
The Local


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