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Longer tour: An empire of seabirds – photographing birds in early summer on the islands of Ekkeröy and Hornoya in Norway 21-24 May, 2020 - 4 Days

Join our guide and take photos of Arctic seabirds in Vardø in the northeastern corner of Varanger peninsula. One of the most famous bird islands in northern Norway is  Hornøya in front of the city of Vardø, www.hornoya.com.  The island is well-known for its large colonies of kittiwakes, Arctic puffins, European shags and murres. Thousands and thousands of love birds breed on the island. White-tailed eagles are also commonly seen on Hornøya, and also in other parts of Vardø region in sping and in summer. We will also stop to take pictures of the Ekkerøy bird cliff, which is famous for its large colony of kittiwakes.

Point of departure and return is Ivalo. Group size 4 – 6 people. Guide Jouni Männistö.

Day 1
1st day; Thursday 21 May, 2020

– Departure at 13:00 from Ivalo through Nuorgam to Vardø

– Lunch-break and possibility to buy groceries in Nuorgam

– On our way to Hornøya we stop to take pictures at Eckerøy a bird cliff, which is famous for its kittiwakes

– Arrival in Vardø by 21:00 the latest, check-in at Vardø Hotel

Day 2
2nd day; Friday 22 May, 2020

– Breakfast at the restaurant

– At 9:00 we drive to the nearby harbour and take a 10-minute boat ride to the bird island of Hornøya.  Our guide tells about the island, the birds on the island and restrictions concerning movement on the island. The guide will also give you information about the best photo spots on the island and, if needed, give guidance on bird photography. After this you can take photos on the island at your own pace. The guide has snacks which you can eat when you wish. – Return boat ride starts approximately at 17:00

– Dinner at the restaurant

– In the evening you can walk around in the small fishing town of Vardø.

Day 3
3rd day: Saturday 23 May, 2020

– Breakfast

– At approximately 9:00 we drive to the harbour and take a boat to Hornøya bird island. You have time to take photos independently until 15:00, when the boat starts a return journey to Vardø harbour.

– Dinner

– After dinner we drive to the old fishing village of Hamningberg.  On our way there we will see magical cliff formations which are excellent objects for landscape photos. We will return to accommodation place by midnight.

Day 4
4th day; Sunday 24 May, 2020

– Breakfast

– We pack our equipment in the van at 9:00 and start our journey back to Ivalo stopping now and then at interesting spots to take photos.

– Lunch-break in Nuorgam, in Finland; lunch at own cost

– We will be back in Ivalo by 20:00 the latest

We reserve the right to make changes.

The price 1209 euros/person in dbl or 1304 euros/person in sgl with half board includes:

  • * Transportations by the mini-van during the tour (Ivalo-Vardö-Ivalo)
  • * Hotel accommodation in Norway, 3 nights in double room or in single room ( see the prices)
  • * Halfboard (breakfast and dinner)
  • * Boat transfers to Hornöya
  • * Guiding during the tour
  • * VAT

Price doesn't include:

  • * Flights to Ivalo airport
  • * Accommodation in Ivalo before and after the tour
  • * Other meals in Norway
  • * Travel insurance
  • * Camera equipment
  • * Outdoor clothing

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  • Finnish, English
  • Ivalo, Finland
  • Ivalo, Finland
  • 21-24 May, 2020