Birdwatching at Lømsen and Snåsavatnet

Just north of Steinkjer, you will find Lømsen and Snåsavatnet, two interesting waters very easy to access from the main road E6. By taking a side trip along state road 763, you can also visit Fossemvatnet when you are in the area. Around these waters, the activity reaches its peak during the warmer part of the year. However, you can find many Whooper Swans and ducks in Snåsavatnet in the winter, assuming that it is not too frozen.


Map over Lømsen and Snåsavatnet

1Røsegg, Lømsen
2Følling, Lømsen

Klingsundet Naturreservat (Klingsundet Nature Reserve) in Snåsavatnet
Klingsundet Nature Reserve is located in the most bird-rich part of Snåsavatnet. As with several other places in Trondheimsfjorden, thousands of Pink-footed Geese are staging here on their journey to Svalbard in the spring. Like these other places, less common species can be found alongside the common Geese. Look for Barnacle Goose, Taiga Bean Goose or Greater White-fronted Goose, but at the same time, do not forget to be astounded by the large flocks of Pink-footed Geese. In the same manner, you should patiently look among the more common ducks. Regularly, less common species show up here as well, for example Northern Pintail, Garganey, Gadwall, Common Pochard, Scaup, Smew, and Long-tailed Duck. And of course, the same procedure is recommended regarding the waders. As a breeding place, the area is most important for Tufted Ducks and Horned Grebes. Moreover, large numbers of passerines breed in the swamp and forest vegetation by the water.

Lømsen and Fossemvatnet
Lømsen is a small limestone lake, located in an agriculture area by Følling, just west of Snåsavatnet. Although Lømsen is not a protected area, this lake is just as interesting as Snåsavatnet when it comes to birdwatching. Lømsen is one of the few places in this part of the country that has lots of rush and common reed in its vegetation. Should you also happen to be interested in Odonata, you are definitely in the right place.
Another unprotected area is Fossemvatnet, just south of Snåsavatnet. Nevertheless, the waters and pastures around it serves as a good staging area for swans, geese, ducks, and Common Cranes. In addition, several rarities have been registered here.

Map Over the Northern Part of Snåsavatnet


Snåsavatnet North
The northern part of Snåsavatnet will provide several good places for geese, ducks, and waders. Additionally, you will find different forest birds and singing warblers near this water. As an example, Willow Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Eurasian Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Icterine Warbler, Sedge Warbler, and Common Grasshopper Warbler have all been registered here. Among other general observations, the following exciting findings is worth mentioning: Snow Goose, Mandarin Duck, Smew, Gadwall, Garganey, Little Gull, Black Tern, and White-winged Crossbill.

Helpful Information

Biotope:Wetlands. Freshwater.
Best time to visit:The summer part of the year, largest activity in April, May, and September.
Bird towers:The summer part of the year, largest activity in April, May, and September.
Local association:NOF Steinkjer lokallag
Shoes:Hiking boots or training shoes.
Clothes:Leisure or hiking wear.




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 Klingsundet Nature Reserve has been visited by Tundra Swan, Lesser White-fronted Goose, Bar-headed Goose, Red-breasted Goose, Green-winged teal, American Black Duck, Ring-necked duck, Little Gull, Barred Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Rustic Bunting, and Little Bunting?

… that Lømsen has been visited by Ruddy Duck, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Long-tailed jaeger, Little Gull, Black Tern, White-winged Tern, Red-rumped Swallow, and White-winged Crossbill?

… that Fossemvatnet has been visited by Bar-headed goose, Snow Goose, Cackling Goose, Great Egret, and Little Gull?

Bird Species Seen in the Area

Some of the Birds at Lømsen and Snåsavatnet

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