Birdwatching at Kalandsvatnet

Kalandsvatnet is Bergen’s largest lake. There are birds here all year round, but the greatest activity happens during the migration periods and in the early summer.

About 50 different species breed at Kalandsvatnet. Mallard, Eurasian Teal, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Common Snipe, Sedge Warbler, and Reed Bunting are some of the most common breeding species. In the late summer, many Barn Swallows spend the night in the areas furthest down the river Austevollelva. In the winter, you will for example find many Whooper Swans and Common Mergansers by the lake, and there are also good chances of finding species like Little Grebe and Smew. The Jack Snipe has also been seen many times in the winter.

Totally, over 170 species have been registered here. Among these are several rarities, like Tundra Swan, White Stork, Red-rumped Swallow, Australasian Pipit, and Yellow-browed Warbler.
Kalandsvika, a bay in the south-eastern part of the lake, is equipped with a very convenient bird tower.


Map over Kalandsvatnet

2Hamreelva and Hamretjern
5Bird tower by Kalandsvika

Searching for Nocturnally Singing Warblers
You should also consider go searching for nocturnally singing warblers in the area. As a matter of fact, Kalandsvika has the largest population of breeding Sedge Warblers in the entire province Hordaland. Being fortunate, you might get to see Common Grasshopper Warbler or Water Rail. Additionally, Corn Crake, Marsh Warbler, and Eurasian Reed Warbler have been spotted—but don’t get your hopes up too much.

Helpful Information

Biotope:Wetlands. Fresh Waters.
Best time to visit:Migration periods and early summer.
Some birdlife in the winter as well.
Bird towers:Point 5, Kalandsvika
Local association:NOF Bergen lokallag
Shoes:Training or hiking shoes.
Clothes:Casual clothes or hiking wear.



Did you know …

… that Common Pochard and Common Grasshopper Warbler have been registered many times at Kalandsvatnet?

… that two White Storks stayed at Kalandsvatnet in the days from the 29th of April through the 3rd of May, 2000?

… that at Kalandsvatnet, the Lesser Redpoll is registered more often than the Common Redpoll?

Bird Species Seen in the Area

Some of the Birds at Kalandsvatnet

Key Map
Helpful Links
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