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9th journey to the Barents Sea June 26th- July 28th, 2009

  • Spring had been early and humid, few snowdrifts left, especially on the NE slopes. Again no Lemmings on the tundra. Not ONE Rough-legged Buzzard...Lutz Lücker reports.

Lapland July 2007

  • We took a dirt road to the left, named Ylilampi. After one kilometre this road ends at the lake. Alongside this dirt road we saw a male Capercaillie, a good start of the trip! We found a few Hazel Grouse in the thick bush near the lake....Sander Bot reports   

Where do they keep the pigs? A father and son's bird watching trip to Scandinavia, 4 - 26 June 2007

  • There were Corncrakes “rasping” in fields next the campsite.  Nick, who had never seen a Corncrake, along with some other birders (most campers on this site seemed to be birders) was going crazy trying to see them without success.  Also on or around the campsite were Thrush Nightingale, Common Rosefinch...Dave Owens reports

5th journey from S Sweden to the Barents Sea July 2004

  • Weather in the High Arctic was mostly dry and quite windy this year. No rodents there, neither in Norway nor in Finland, whereas below the Arctic circle in Sweden (Norrbotten) rodents were plenty! - Mosquitoes quite bad this year, especially on calm, warm days on wet tundra in the evening. Strangely, a few species were quite scarce or totally missing like Common Eider, breeding Bar-tailed Godwit , Purple Sandpiper etc..Lutz Lücker reports. .
Great Grey Owl

Sweden to the Barents Sea (Great grey, brown and white Owls) July 2003

  • My main target species was Great Grey Owl; I managed to see  it on the third day; the rest I considered as a bonus! It was a little too late for passerines so I did not go to the Pasvik valley this year, preferring to explore a high tundra plateau more thoroughly. One cannot do everything at the same time. Distances are just too far in the Arctic!...Lutz Lücker reports. More photo's from Lutz on

More Beans Anyone? A whistle-stop tour of Northern Scandinavia 26/5/02 to 4/6/02

  • Then things got silly.  It was probably my fault; I was the one who pointed out that the Arctic Circle was no more than a cock-stride to the North.  Wouldn't it be great to say we had been to the Arctic?  We all thought it would......Lee Nixon reports.

Lapland/ Laponie July/juillet 2000

  • Some Norwegians said it was the wettest or coldest summer they had ever seen, another said there had never been so many insects.... But thanks to some good local anti-mosquito stuff, a net (and, very rarely, gloves) the little bastards were not a major problem on the coast and the tundra. In woodland areas (Pasvik...) they did get a bit troublesome at times...Lutz Lücker reports

Finland - Birds and Music.

  • This report by Ann Barker gives a fascinating insight into both the birds and the culture of this remote area of Northern Europe.  Her trip, organized by Sunbird, also visited parts of Russia, Estonia and Norway......

Northern Scandinavia  June 13-28, 1998

  • In June 1998 I was finally able to satisfy a long outstanding ambition to travel to this wonderful part of Europe in search of some of its most magical birds. I had wanted to visit this region for many years... Gruff Dodd searches for lifers in Northern Finland, Sweden and Norway.  A superbly detailed report.

Sweden - Stockholm archipelago: July 2000

  • Most of our time was spent at our family house on the island of Tynningö which is in the Stockholm archipelago between Vaxholm abd close to both Rindö and Värmdö. Parts of the island are still wild. In particular the area we own which is 48,000 square metres is mainly forest.. Other areas include a lake which has a water level about 10 or 12 metres above the surrounding sea level - this lake contains crayfish! - and there is a good wetland swamp area adjacent to it. Michael Watkins reports.




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Some Useful bird books for Scandinavia:
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Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from or

  • Described by some as the best field guide in the world, and 15 years in the making. Has it been Worth the Wait?...Yes definately! If you buy just 1 book a year then make sure that its this one. Stunning drawings by the worlds finest bird illustrators..and it shows..check out the plates on tern, Skuas, and the Ducks...not forgetting the Finches and Crossbills.

Birds of Europe with North Africa and the Middle East
Lars Jonsson: Buy from or

  • A highly illustrated guide covering all but a few of the Western Palearctic's breeding birds, and includes information on all regularly encountered vagrants.

Recommended travel books for Scandinavia:

Scandinavian and Baltic Europe on a Shoestring  
Glenda Bendure: Buy from or

  • Words and phrases from ten languages are listed in this wide-ranging guide. There are tips on where to eat and stay, all the transport options, and advice on the best spots for yachting, cruising and skating.

The Rough Guide to Norway
Phil Lee: Buy from or

  • A travel handbook featuring coverage of hiking routes, the national parks, and descriptions of Norway's fjords and tundra. The book offers reviews of the best places to eat, drink and sleep, whether in Oslo or in the villages, and has accounts of museums, galleries and ancient sites.

Lonely Planet: Sweden
Graeme Cornwalls: Buy from or

  • This guide includes Swedish culture from Strindberg to ABBA. It covers outdoor activities with a section on the most popular trekking routes, a Swedish lauguage guide, up-to-date accommodation guide and entertainment options.


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