THINGS NOT TO DO ON NORWAY WILDLIFE HOLIDAYS...
Stick to dry land. It’s all very well wildlife watching on the mainland but set sail amongst the fjords and nature reserves surrounding the islands of Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja, and you’ll be able to place puffins, seals and sea eagles in much sharper contrast. Sea kayaking and are more alternatives to sticking to dry land and if you’re hoping to get all at sea and witness wildlife in some phenomenal untouched environments then small ship cruises are the way forward.
Stay south. The best advice is to get as far north as possible because although the fjords and towns of the south are all rather nice, nothing matches life above the Arctic Circle. Svalbard, especially, is just astonishing with opportunities to watch walrus, Arctic foxes and polar bears from a safe distance. Alternatively discover the Northern Lights and Sami culture within the northernmost region of Finnmark.
If you’re going to watch wildlife in Norway, please don’t be tempted to ‘cheat’ and visit a zoo. Bergen has one such venue but in our opinion, animal conditions are cramped at best, and certainly not in keeping with the norms that dictate many other aspects of Norwegian society. Get out into the wild with a guide; camp under the stars; cruise past whales, porpoise and dolphins; just don’t be tempted to duck out of the unpredictability of nature in favour of something a lot more contrived.