Birdwatching in Valdresflye

Valdresflye is located in the eastern part of Jotunheimen. This high mountain area is very easy to access, with Beitostølen as its nearest village. District road 51 between Beitostølen and Vågåmo will take you straight through a wonderful high mountain landscape at approximately 1400 metres above sea level. The road is normally closed in the winter, from December through April. You should be aware that there are domesticated reindeer in the area.

Map over Valdresflye

3Fisketjerni west
5Fisketjerni east

Great Variety of Mountain Birds
In Valdresflye, you can find almost every single one of the Norwegian mountain species. The easiest way to get started is to park your car in the large car park where the hostel used to be. From there, you can walk in direction of the moorlands and small waters around Fisketjerni, where you will find ducks and waders like Scaup, Purple Sandpiper, and Red-necked Phalarope. The peak Fisketjernnuten is also worth hiking your way up to. The view here is spectacular, with exciting bird species surrounding you, adding to the experience. All of these species can be found in the area: Long-tailed Jaeger, Rock Ptarmigan, Eurasian Dotterel, Horned Lark, Lapland Longspur, and Snow Bunting.

Just a 5 kilometre drive north of Fisketjernnuten, you will arrive at a great willow landscape. Here, among other species, Great Snipe, Bluethroat, and Ring ouzel can be found. Also worth mentioning is that many people camp out in the open in this mountain region.

Helpful Information

Biotope:Mostly high mountains.
Some lowland areas with willow landscape and low trees.
Best time to visit:Mid-May through July.
Bird towers:None.
Terrain:Slightly hilly or hilly, depending on route.
Shoes:Water proof hiking or mountain boots.
Food:Recommended. No supermarkets anywhere near.
Clothes:Warm and wind proof hiking wear.
In the summer, there can be a lot of mosquitos in the heath and willow areas.




Birdingbed cooperates with long-time experienced guides in customizing personalized birdwatching experiences like…

  • excursions to see owls, woodpeckers, birds of prey and more.
  • Black Grouse lek, Capercaillie lek, bird cliffs, among other things
  • photography trips.
  • finding specific species.

For guided excursions in this area, contact Terje Kolaas through the web page Northern Birding

Did you know …

… that in Valdresflye, you can find almost every single one of the Norwegian mountain species?

… that you will get a great view of the famous mountain ridge Besseggen if you drive northwards from Fisketjernnuten?

… that most bird species in Valdresflye can be seen from the road?

Bird Species Seen in the Area

Landscape Pictures from the Area

Some of the Birds in Valdresflye

Key Map
Helpful Links
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