Northern Finland And Arctic Norway Join Us For An Amazing Bird Tour June 2021

Pine Grosbeak 1

Male Pine Grosbeak photographed on one of our tours, come and join us!

We are often asked “Where is your favourite place to see birds?” and it is a very tough question to answer there are so many wonderful places around the world to enjoy birds. One place that often comes up when answering that question is Finland and Arctic Norway, we have been lucky enough to visit this beautiful part of Europe over a dozen times and every single trip has been magical. The birds are just thrilling and the wild landscapes enhance the experience. We visit in May/June usually so here above the Arctic Circle there is lots of daylight to enjoy all the superb birds and scenery. At the end of the blog there are lost of photographs please don't miss them!

Hawk Owl 2016 4

We enjoyed this wonderful Hawk Owl just north of Ivalo in northern Finland.

So with this in mind we are offering a slightly different tour to Northern Finland and Arctic Norway in June 2021, a shorter than usual tour concentrating on the far north making it a more accessible tour. Our usual tour is over two weeks long and some people have asked would a shorter tour be possible, well, yes it would and we are offering it in June 2021. This new trip will begin in the far north of Finland in the lovely town of Ivalo where there are lots of special birds to enjoy. One of the main targets will be the impressive Pine Grosbeak but we will also look for Siberian Tit, Siberian Jay, Little Bunting, breeding plumages Ruff, Little Gulls, Hawk Owl and many more.

Seeing in male Ruff in their amazing breeding plumage is just one of the highlights.

We will then drive north into Arctic Norway birding all the way with many stops to look for such wonderful birds as Long-tailed Skuas, Temminck’s Stints, Bluethroats, Shore Larks and Lapland Buntings. Our first hotel in Norway will be in the remote fishing port of Batsfjord where we can see amazing birds from the hotel. The adjacent harbour may well hold King Eider along with Glaucous Gull, Purple Sandpipers and Long-tailed Ducks. We spend the next day exploring the wild coast east of the town looking for White-billed Divers, Gyr Falcons, King Eider, Pomarine Skuas, Long-tailed Skuas and more.

Dotterel Finland 2016

Dotterel on their tundra breeding grounds are always a real thrill to see.

We leave Batsfjord and head over the fells to the mind-blowing Varanger Fjord a fantastic place to look for special birds. As we cross the fells we look out for Ptarmigan, Dotterel, Tundra Bean Geese, more displaying Ruff, Red-necked Phalaropes and it was here that we were once lucky enough to find a Snowy Owl.

Rough legged Buzzard 1

We will enjoy wonderful views of Rough-legged Buzards and so much more in this wild place.

At Varanger Fjord we send two full days exploring this wild landscape enjoying superb birds. We visit a seabird island where thousands of seabirds breed and enjoy close up looks at Brunnich’s Guillemots and masses of Atlantic Puffins so many photo opportunities! This is also a place where we have seen Gyr Falcon on more than one occasion so we will be on high alert for another. Arctic Redpolls, Lapland Buntings, Shore Larks and Red-throated Pipits can all be found here along with masses of waders and seabirds. White-tailed Eagles and Rough-legged Buzzards are regularly encountered and we may well enjoy Merlin, Short-eared Owl, always keeping an eye out for Gyr Falcons anywhere in this fantastic area. Varanger has a great reputation for rare birds and almost anything can and does turn up here, we have enjoyed Stejneger’s Scoter, drake Harlequin Duck, Rose-coloured Starling and breeding plumaged Grey Phalaropes to name just a few.

If you would like to join us or would like more information please visit our tours pages under overseas tours or please email us with any questions. We know you will love this new tour. Click here...


For more images from northern Finland and Arctic Norway please scroll down further....

We are so lucky to have so many species and habitats within easy reach here in North Wales, and once the world returns to normal, we would love you to join us for one of our Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trips days out. We expect to enjoy a lot of birds during these relaxed pace tours and we can tailor make the day to suit you.

We would love you to join us on our Birdwatching Trips in the future just drop us a line to arrange a custom tour and please see our tours pages for set departure trips. If you have any questions at all please fire away here….

We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds in beautiful places with you soon!

Varanger in sunshine

Not only spectacular birds on this tour but wonderful scenery too.

Puffin on island Norway

We will enjoy wonderful close up views of Atlantic Puffins in the far north.

Cod is great

Don't worry it is only a very short boat ride to "Bird Island" you see it beyound the harbour wall.

Harlequin 2

One tour we were very lucky to enjoy wonderful views of this drake Harlequin Duck.

Siberian Jay adult 1

We will look for gorgeous Siberian Jays in Northern Finland.


A male Bluethroat is a most beautiful bird and to see one in these wild places - magical.

Red throated Diver Finland and Norway 2015

Seeing so many species in their beautiful breeding plumage here a Red-throated Diver.


The wild coast of the Arctic Sea at Varanger Fjord a wonderful place with lots of birds.

Long tailed Skua Finland 2015

A beautiful adult Long-tailed Skua over the Norway fells.

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