Birdwatching in Tromsø

Tromsø with Kvaløya og Tisnes are wonderful places for birdwatching. Some people call Tromsø “the Nordic Paris”. Without further comments, we can absolutely confirm that Tromsø is surrounded by beautiful nature with very rich birdlife. The combination of harbour environment, wetlands, grazing lands, moorlands, fjords and mountains in close proximity creates perfect conditions for a rich and exciting variety of bird species. Additionally, everything is within a short travel distance.

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Map over Tromsø and Tisnes

Point
1Langnes
2Prestvannet
3Trømsø havn (harbour)
4The outlet of the river Tromsdalselva
5Tromsfisk
6Håkøybotn
7Tisnes

Map over Rakkfjorden, Tønsvika, and Movik

Point
1Rakkfjorden
2Kvalsundet
3Tønsvika
4Movik

Easily Accessible Viewpoints
The best viewpoints in and around Tromsø are mainly located right next to the road, so they are very easy to access. And you do not have to drive more than half an hour to get to the outermost points, including Rakkfjorden and Tisnes. In the middle of the city lies Prestvannet, where you will find breeding Arctic terns. Incidentally, this is a popular walking area among the locals. The harbour in Tromsø could also provide exciting things during the year, for example rare gulls or ducks like King Eider from January through April. Se the PDF-map for more details on what can be seen the different places and for driving route.

Helpful Information

Description:
Biotope:Harbour environment, wetlands, grazing lands, moorlands, fjords and mountains.
Best time to visit:All year round. Greatest variation during migration periods.
Bird towers:None.
Terrain:Flat by the viewpoints. More hilly if you head into the terrain.
Local association:NOF Tromsø lokallag.
Equipment:
Shoes:Hiking shoes.
Food:Not necessary, but recommended.
Clothes:Hiking wear.
Binoculars:Essential.
Telescope:Recommended.

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Did you know …

… that the Willow Ptarmigan is quite a common sight in the landscape surrounding Tromsø?

… that the Pectoral Sandpiper has been observed many times around Tromsø?

… that a rough estimate of 4000 Purple Sandpipers ware registered on the same day near Tromsøya?

Bird Species Seen by Tisnes and Kvaløysletta

Bird Species Seen by Rakkfjorden

Some of the Birds in Tromsø and at Tisnes and Rakkfjorden