This cracking tour will take us through Siberian taiga forests of central Finland through to the northern coasts of Norway. We begin our birding in Oulo, searching for numerous breeding owls such as Great Grey, Ural, Northern Hawk, Boreal, Eurasian Pygmy and Short-eared Owls. Moving on to Kuusamo we can expect a number of encounters with a veritable feast of eastern specialities, including Siberian Jay, Grey-headed Chickadee, Parrot Crossbill, breeding Red-flanked Bluetail, Little and Rustic Buntings, Bohemian Waxwing, Black and Eurasian Three-toed Woodpeckers, Hazel Grouse, Western Capercaillie, Willow Ptarmigan, Red-necked Grebe and Little Gull.
Moving northwards, we cross the border into Norway, spending the remainder of our tour birding the scenically superb, bird-rich Varanger Peninsula. At such a northerly latitude, this really is the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’. Amongst the numerous specialities we can expect to see are such sought-after species as King Eider, Red-throated, Black-throated and Yellow-billed Loons, Common Merganser, Glaucous Gull, Common and Thick-billed Murres, Razorbill, Atlantic Puffin, Rock Ptarmigan and Lapland Longspur. Comfortable accommodation and long summer days, surrounded by spectacular landscapes and birds, ensures that Lapland and the Arctic Circle are one of Europe’s classic birding destinations.
Siberian Jay, Grey-headed Chickadee, Parrot Crossbill, Red-flanked Bluetail, Little & Rustic Bunting, Bohemian Waxwing, Black & Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker, Western Capercaillie, Hazel & Black Grouse, Willow Ptarmigan, Red-necked Grebe, Little Gull, Great Grey, Ural, Northern Hawk, Boreal, Eurasian Pygmy & Short-eared Owl, Steller’s & King Eider, Common, Black-throated & Yellow-billed Loon, Common Merganser, Glaucous Gull, Common & Thick-billed Murre, Razorbill, Atlantic Puffin, Rock Ptarmigan and Lapland Longspur.
lakes, forests, meadows, rivers and wetlands
moderate with some colder mornings especially along the coasts
12 with 1 Rockjumper leader & 1 local birding leaders
relaxed pace with some long walks
mostly easy with some tricky species
I got most of the high-value targets that I wanted. The local guide Taru was excellent; she was fantastic at knowing the sites, and knowing what might be there, and in identifying the birds. And she was excellent by being in contact with other members of Finnature, and in looking up the local sightings pages to look for sites for specific species. Nigel Redman is a very nice guy. I like him and we got on well. I would be happy to go with Nigel again on a cruise (e.g. Antarctica, Spitzbergen, etc). It was a very good trip.
I consider myself very lucky to have had Nigel Redman as our tour guide. His knowledge of the birds, as well as their habitats, and ability to spot them made for a completely satisfying birding experience. He also ensured we were all made comfortable in regards to travelling, meals, and lodging. We also lucked out having Taru as our local Finnature guide. I really cannot express how much I appreciated them both. Thank you for a great birding tour.
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