Since 2009 we have had the privilege of experiencing Varanger through the seasons. We have now made 3 info-flyers giving you the basic information on birding Varanger in Februar & March, or April & May, or June, July & August. Both landscape and birding changes dramatically every month, from February with its blue light and dark nights to the midnight sun season starting in May. King Eiders can be seen in rafts of thousands in winter, but in summer they can be hard to find. In these leaflets you will find key info and the QR-codes act as digital short cuts to more information on birding experiences in Varanger. The leaflets are printed and can be found in the tourist informations, hotels and guesthouses in Varanger. Click on the images in this article for slide show view (with larger images).
For more info see this birding in Varanger compilation of articles
Birding Varanger - destination development in progress
For the past few years Varanger have seen a rapid development as a birder friendly destination. Good progress have been made, including the architecture, the maps and info to the local knowledge of birds and sites. Things are starting to come together.
We have been very fortunate to work with a lot of great people in Varanger. In Kongsfjord, northern Varanger Peninsula, Åse Winsents have spearheaded the realisation of a new bird hide / wind shelter. This hide is still in the making, designed by the Biotope office and built by carpenters Gunnar Isaksen and Eva Antonsen from Båtsfjord. This little piece of shelter is sat on top of a cliff, with an amazing arctic ocean view. We can`t wait to try this shelter this coming winter. This is probably one of the most weather-beaten places in Varanger.
Most birders do the fjord, but the Varanger high tundra is truly amazing too, with green valleys surrounded by arctic stone deserts. This scene was shot flying from Båtsfjord to Vadsø in July.
Stay tuned for more info on Varanger birding architecture, as four new bird hides are in building progress this autumn! The building of an amazing nature destination continues..
Tormod A. / Biotope