Scandinavian Safari

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A 4-day birdwatching trip into the taiga forests and mountains of south Norway

- land of Owls, Woodpeckers, and Great Snipe leks

Location         Oslo and Southern Norway

Dates                18th - 21st June 2020 TBC     

Cost               TBC single / TBC double supplement  What's Included

Group Size       TBC

This trip can be taken in conjunction with the Arctic Adventure tourPlease note that this tour has a less photographic focus, with emphasis placed on great bird encounters. 

Trip Overview

A great birdwatching experience can be had within a short distance of Oslo, making this trip a wonderful add-on to the Arctic Adventure tour. With taiga forest and wildflower meadows replacing the icy tundras of Svalbard, expect to see a whole other side to Norway's birdlife. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Morning flight from Longyearbyen (Svalbard) to Oslo. After checking in at our centrally located hotel, the afternoon is free for you to explore the city's cultural sites as you please. Introductory meet-up and dinner as a group. Night in Oslo. 

Day 2: Our first day of Norway birding will be in the valley of Maridalen. A short drive from Oslo, its meadows and forests are home to Three-Toed Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Ural Owl, Northern Pygmy Owl, Hazel Grouse, Goshawk, Rosefinch, Corncrake, Red-Backed Shrike and a supporting cast of Warblers (Icterine, Marsh, Wood, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Blyth's Reed and River). The lake can be good for Black-Throated Diver, Goldeneye, Whooper Swan and Crane, and the cryptic Thrush Nightingale may be possible to locate. Night in Oslo. 

Day 3: We head a few hours north to Oppland County. It is possible to see many species typically associated with North Norway here in Beitostølen such as the Siberian Jay and Pine Grosbeak. Venturing into the mountains, our targets will include Dotterel, Bluethroat, Ortolan Bunting, Nutcracker and Red-Breasted Flycatcher, and we should see a few familiar species from Svalbard as well such as Purple Sandpiper, Ptarmigan and Red-Necked Phalarope. With some luck we may try for Ural Owl, Rustic Bunting and Broad-Billed Sandpiper which all occur very locally in South Norway. At dusk we will visit one of Europe's few lekking sites for the Great Snipe. Night in Beitostølen.

Day 4: Working our way east through Oppland County to Valdresflya, we will look for Dotterel, Shore Lark, Rough-Legged Buzzard, Lapland Bunting, Golden Eagle and Wheatear. We may make a side trip to look for Norway's most southerly breeding pair of Great Grey Owl - a fitting end to the trip as we return to Oslo for our late evening flight back to London. 

Your Guides

Paul Collins

Paul is an award-winning nature photographer, featured in British Wildlife Photography Awards and Scottish Nature Photography Awards. He regularly leads workshops in the UK, Italy and Svalbard.

Simon Rix

Living in Oslo since 2001, Simon works as a local bird guide and has served on the Norwegian Rarities Committee. 

See some of Simon's trip reports:

Practical Information

  • Iberian Ibex

  • Egyptian Mongoose

Food           Breakfast (included at the b&b  will consist of pastries, toast and fresh fruit with coffee/tea and juice. Lunch will be fresh                                        sandwiches or light meals on location. Dinner will be in town or with our hosts. 

Walking       Light to moderate. Please contact us beforehand to discuss the suitability and if you have any mobility issues. 

Group           With a maximum of 6 participants, our small group size ensures everyone has a better personal experience. Paul and Simon will

                       be on hand to answer your questions and help you with observing animals whatever your skillset.  

Photo Gear  Whilst birdwatching is our focus, there could be excellent opportunities to photograph birds such as nesting Owls, Woodpeckers                        and lekking Great Snipe, for which a DSLR with a telephoto lens of 300mm or more is recommended. 

Clothing      It is important that participants wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the forests and mountains. A recommended kit list will                       be sent upon sign up to the workshop. 

Weather      Generally mild but can range from 5C in the mountains to 25C around Oslo. 

Flights        We recommend flying from London to Oslo. Please discuss with us so that we can recommend the best flight for you to take. 

What's Included

What's Not Included

  ✓  Services of local bird and photography guides

  ✓  A welcome presentation on the local fauna and sites 

  ✓  2 nights' accommodation in a hotel in Oslo

  ✓  1 nights' accommodation in a hotel in Beitostølen

  ✓  All meals, except any taken in Oslo airport 

  ✓  Airport pick-up and drop-off from Oslo airport to our hotel

  ✓  Ground transportation

 

   ✗  Return flights from London to Oslo

   ✗  Any Visa charges or airport taxes

   ✗  Personal and cancellation insurance*

   ✗  Optional activities in Oslo

   ✗  Personal snacks and beverages

   ✗  Personal expenses

   ✗  Laundry 

   ✗  Any additional overnight stays 

* To take part in our trip, you must be covered by adequate insurance for its entire duration. The insurance must cover for cancellation, ​medical and emergency expenses.    We recommend insurance against damage or loss of baggage, camera equipment, instruments and personal items. 

Terms & Conditions

For full terms and conditions, including our cancellation policy and personal travel insurance, please click to see the Terms & Conditions 

Make A Booking Enquiry

Once your booking has been confirmed, a £300 deposit will be required per person to secure your place.

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