Birdwatching in Northern Norway

Birdwatching in Northern Norway can definitely be combined with other wonderful nature experiences. Midnight sun, northern lights, whale safari, mountaintops, white beaches, fishing, and lots of other things attract many tourists here every year. However, in this context, the main focus will be on birds and birdwatching in Northern Norway.

Varanger—Northern Norway’s Greatest Birding Hotspot
Hornøya, Pasvik, Finnmarksvidda, Porsanger, Dividalen, Lofoten, Røst, and Helgelandskysten are just a few examples of very popular places for birdwatching in Northern Norway. But the real treat for birdwatchers is Varanger. This area is well situated with accommodation possibilities, bird towers, and bird hides. At the same time, the variety of bird species in Varanger is unique. Birdwatchers are travelling here from all over the world to see Steller’s Eider, King Eider, Atlantic Puffin, and other exotic or colorful birds that are difficult to spot elsewhere.

King Eider
King Eider
Atlantic Puffin
Atlantic Puffin

Birdwatching in Northern Norway—More Than Varanger
Although birdlife in Varanger is highlighted here, there are definitely many other very interesting birdwatching locations in Northern Norway. And not to be forgotten is the many spectacular bird cliffs you will find in this area.
For tips on great birdwatching locations in Northern Norway, see specific locations in the menu.

71 degrees north
71 degrees north
Northern lights
Northern lights
Fuglekikking i Nord-Norge