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Arctic birds 25 - 31 March 2019 Varanger 25-31 March 2019

$4995

Early spring in northern Norway and the Arctic birds returns to their breeding grounds. Join WildPhoto Norway in a unique and customized photo tour, focusing on arctic bird photography in the most accessible part of the arctic hemisphere

During this trip in the Varanger area you will get some amazing meetings with the arctic wildlife. Varanger is the most northeasterly part of Norway, bordering Russia and easily accessible with flights each day from Oslo. Due to the arctic location, birds arrive when there is still very good chances for snow in the bird cliffs, perfect conditions for photography. We are based in Vardø, a beautiful, cozy fishing village. We will stay at Vardø Hotel and have direct access to the amazing Hornøya bird cliff, which houses around 100.000 nesting birds during the breeding season. In addition we will have our own custom built boat for photographers. After a busy day in the bird cliff of Hornøya or a day in the boat we return to the hotel for a nice dinner in the hotel restaurant. During the trip we also offer two unique snorkeling sessions with the sea birds, giving you very good photo opportunities!

Puffin in snow blizzard
King eider

Highlights:

  • Arctic sea birds: puffin, razorbill, shag, guillemot, kittiwake
  • Gyrfalcons, ravens and sea eagles patrolling the bird cliff of Hornøya
  • Snorkelling with the sea birds
  • Amazing arctic landscape
  • King and Steller Eiders.
Kittiwakes
Gyrfalcon hunting Puffin
Drake king eider

Weather in Northern Norway can be rough, therefore we need a flexible itinerary to be able to change plans according to weather conditions. If we have days with a lot of wind we may not be able to reach out to the bird cliff of Hornøya, but we still have boat available so we can do photography sessions with King and Steller Eider from the sheltered harbor. We also have available cars taking us around to see and photograph the amazing arctic landscape in Varanger. During the evenings we will keep a close look at the sky for the aurora borealis, the northern lights.

Varanger landscape and arctic sea birds
Common guillemots in Hornøya bird cliff
Stellers eider

To give every photographer the very best photographic opportunities, this tour is strictly limited to 6 photographers only. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

ITINERARY

Day 1. (25.March): Arrive Vardø airport, pickup and transfer to Vardø Hotel for dinner

Day 2-5 (26-30.March): Full days with photography in Varanger with Hornøya, Vardø Harbour, Arctic landscape and possible northern lights

Day 6: (31.March): after breakfast our tour ends and we will drop you of at Vardø airport if you have a flight home

Puffins are numerous in Hornøya bird cliff

Weather in Varanger is notoriously unpredictable. Conditions and light changes constantly, so be prepared for everything, and extreme nice conditions!

Map of the Varanger peninsula, we will be located in the Vardø Area in the outermost part of the peninsula

Included:

  • Professional photo guide
  • All meals and soft drinks
  • All tuition, transportation and single room accommodation during our tour

Not included:

  • Any travel services required arriving and departing at and from the starting location in Vardø airport (VAW)
  • Any private insurances, taxes, levies, immigration, duty and visa fees where applicable.
  • Personal items including alcoholic beverages, snacks, souvenirs and travel insurance.
Created By
Audun Lie Dahl
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Credits:

Audun Lie Dahl Roy Mangersnes Espen Lie Dahl

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