Finland - Easter on the Artic Circle - Birdwatching
As the lengthening days of Spring signal the approach of Summer to the Arctic tundra, we headed far north for a long week-end to Finland. The thought of spending Easter on the Arctic Circle was exciting and we hoped to see lots of owls and many other birds. Unfortunately, we saw an awful lot of snow and and very little else.
Normally, we put together our own itineraries for trips. This time though, we were short on time to plan and we travelled on a small group trip organised by Naturetrek.
My blog will always give you an honest account. This was my first birdwatching holiday and it will definitely be my last. It was so bad, it was actually funny though, so read more and enjoy a laugh with me!
Best time to visit Finland
If you want to see lots of birds, don’t go in early April! Finland is without doubt a beautiful country and I would like to go back one day on a holiday with a focus other than birdwatching just to prove to myself what I missed on this trip.
My Packing List
My trip would probably have been more fun if I had had a really powerful pair of binoculars and a massive telephoto lens. With my tiny par of travel binoculars and an ordinary SLR camera, it was really quite difficult to spot birds from a distance.
If you do venture this far North in early Spring, definitely make sure you take all the warm gear you can lay your hands on. For a birdwatching trip, you definitely needed thermal undies, snow boots, a down jacket, warm hat, gloves and several pairs of warm socks. There was an awful lot of standing around in deep snow waiting for something to happen!
Flora and Fauna
If I was a more experienced birdwatcher and if I had had better equipment with me, it might have been possible to see more birds than I did, but the list below just about sums it up:
- Pygmy owl
- Northern Hawk Owl
- Tengelman’s Owl
- Red grouse
- Siberian jays
- Whooper Swans