Birding in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Guided birdwatching trip to Finland and Arctic Norway
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Finland & Arctic Norway Birdwatching Trip


Great Grey Owl Finland

One of our top birds of the trip: Great Grey Owl watching us watching him!


This is a 14-day birding tour in Finland and Norway.

Join us in Finland and Arctic Norway to experience some of Europe’s finest birdwatching as we journey north of the Arctic Circle on our relaxed-pace guided birdwatching holiday. Northern Europe holds some of the most sought-after bird species and we will be searching for the cream of these. We will be accompanied by the very best local guides to ensure you enjoy the best possible guided birdwatching tour with an excellent chance of encountering such amazing birds as Hawk Owl, Great Grey Owl, Hazel Hen, Capercaillie, King Eider, Pine Grosbeak, Gyr Falcon, Three-toed Woodpecker and Black Woodpecker to name just a few.

Bluethroat 2

We will travel north through Finland at a leisurely pace as we visit a variety of habitats including vast forests, lakes, rivers, marshes and moors to experience a wonderful mix of bird species. We hope to see around 180 species on this guided birding trip to the Land of the Midnight Sun. We will cross the border into Norway and travel to the famous Varanger Fjord with its spectacular wild scenery and very special birds. Here we will take a boat trip out to an island with a huge breeding colony of seabirds including the much sought-after Brunnich’s Guillemot. The fjord also holds many other exciting species and each day we explore the best birdwatching locations to look for exciting species including breeding-plumaged White-billed Divers, breeding Bluethroats, Red-throated Pipits and Arctic Redpolls.

Image right: Confiding Bluethroat allows for some great photo opportunities


We know you will love the area with its dramatic scenery, glorious wildflowers and spectacular birds and wildlife. We will be staying in comfortable hotels which we use regularly on our guided birdwatching holidays in Finland and Norway and which all offer very comfortable ensuite rooms and excellent breakfasts and evening meals focusing on local ingredients.

Drawing on our huge experience of running tours in this area, we will visit the best birdwatching sites that Finland and Norway have to offer. We will also be in touch with the very latest birdwatching information to ensure we see as many bird species as possible. Although there are 24 hours of daylight every day this far north, the pace of the tour will always be relaxed as we take our time to enjoy the wonderful birds in the Land of the Midnight Sun.

Stellers Eider drake 10

On this small-group guided birdwatching tour, we have at leasttwo guides and a maximum of six guests to make sure that everyone receives individual attention and the best possible opportunities to enjoy the all birds that we encounter. At BirdwatchingTrips with The Biggest Twitch, we work hard to ensure that everyone enjoys the best possible guided birdwatching experience.

Our guided birdwatching trip to the Land of the Midnight Sun includes 14 nights’ accommodation in an ensuite double or twin room on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis, guided birdwatching with Alan and Ruth throughout the trip plus the services of a professional English-speaking local guide in Finland, transport in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus during the tour, entrance to all nature reserves and special tours, boat trip at Varanger Fjord (weather permitting), use of our field guide and top-of-the-range optics, and individual checklists of the birds we will be looking for. The tour starts and ends at Helsinki Airport.

Image right: High on everyone's must-see list: glorious drake Steller's Eider

Hawk Owl 1

The price of our guided birdwatching trip to Finland and Norway in 2022 is £TBC (guide price in 2020: £3795) per person based on two people sharing a twin or double ensuite bedroom, on a half-board basis, ie breakfast and dinner are included. This is based on six participants in the group. Sorry but for anyone wishing to have their own room, we have to pass on the single room supplement from the hotels of £TBC (guide price in 2020: £495). This is an exclusive small-group tour with a maximum of six guests plus at least two guides, Alan Davies and Ruth Miller, and a professional English-speaking local guide on this trip to ensure everyone has the best possible birdwatching experience. Lunches will be taken in local cafes or we will have the opportunity to buy a picnic to give everyone the maximum flexibility during our birdwatching trip. Lunch will be on a pay-as-you-go basis to give you the most choice. All evening meals are included and will be taken at our hotels.

Image right: Close encounter with a much-wanted Hawk Owl

Other Information

This price does not include: international flights to/from Helsinki plus one internal flight from Ivalo to Helsinki, lunches, alcoholic drinks, additional drinks/snacks, travel to and from your UK airport, personal travel insurance, any items of a personal nature, tips.

To book your place or for more information on our guided birdwatching tour to Finland and Norway: the Land of the Midnight Sun , please call us on 01492 872407 or email us on for more details on how to reserve your place.

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing Finland and Norway’s fabulous birdlife with you!

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