Birdwatching in Other Places in Svalbard

Just outside of Adventfjorden you will find Isfjorden and Bjørndalen, parts of Svalbard where you will definitely get more of the wilderness feeling than in Adventsfjorden and around Longyearbyen.
While in Svalbard, you should allow yourself a boat trip in Isfjorden if you get the opportunity. In this area you are not only increasing the chances of seeing one of the real renowned bird species in Svalbard, but you are also getting very close to huge bird cliffs. Moreover, you will enhance your chances of seeing fascinating mammals. Many have been fortunate enough to see the gigantic blue whale spraying sea water high into the air. The wilderness experiences become even more extreme if you move out of Isfjorden in to Prins Karls Forland (Prince Charles Foreland) and Smeerenburgfjorden, along with other spectacular places.

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Birds in Bjørndalen
There is a road connecting Bjørndalen and Longyearbyen. Just a short drive further from Vestpynten, you will arrive in Bjørndalen. Here you will find great numbers of Little Auks. And of the breeding species, you will find Barnacle Goose, Glaucous Gull, Black Guillemot, Atlantic Puffin, Arctic Skua, Purple Sandpiper, Common Ringed Plover, and Snow Bunting. In addition, you could get a glimpse of an Arctic fox or Svalbard reindeers.

Map over Bjørndalen

Point
1Vestpynten
2Bjørndalen

Birds in Isfjorden (the Ice fjord)
Most of Isfjorden can actually be seen from land. Vestpynten, which is located near the entrance of Adventfjorden, is an excellent place to study migrating seabirds. They will pass both in a close and at a far distance.
By taking a boat trip in Isfjorden, it is easier to find rare species, for example Ross’s Gull, Sabine’s Gull, and Pomarine Skua. In this way, you will also get the opportunity to visit Barentsburg with its rich birdlife.

Map over Isfjorden

The Rest of Svalbard
For those who really want the feeling of being on a polar expedition, you could extend your visit in Svalbard by a boat trip outside of Isfjorden. This will be time consuming and expensive, but you will without a doubt have an unimaginable adventure. No picture can capture such an experience. However, the pictures can give you an impression of it or remind you of the good memories. The webpage www.visitsvalbard.com has many offers and useful information. And on www.svalbardbirds.com, which is somewhat out-of-date, you will find helpful information about birdlife in Svalbard.

Map Over the Rest of Svalbard

Helpful Information

Description:
Biotope:Tundra, glaciers, and bird cliffs.
Best time to visit:April through July if you want to see all the breeding species.
Remember that there are polar nights during the winter.
Bird towers:None.
Terrain:Most of the experiences by boat or in flat terrain with hilly surroundings.
Local association:Longyearbyen Feltbiologiske Forening is the closest.
Equipment:
Shoes:Waterproof hiking or mountain boots.
Food:Recommended.
Clothes:Warm and wind proof hiking wear. A rain dress could also prove useful.
Binoculars:Essential.
Telescope:Recommended.

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Did you know …

… that there are no road connections between the villages in Svalbard?

… that many of the bird species in Svalbard appear as separate subspecies?

… that Ny-Ålesund (“New Ålesund”) is the world’s northernmost city?

Bird Species Seen in Bjørndalen and Isfjorden

Bird Species Seen in the Rest of Svalbard

Mammals Seen in Svalbard

Landscape Pictures from Svalbard

Some of the Birds Found in Bjørndalen, Isfjorden, and the Rest of Svalbard

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