Lofoten Wildlife Safari

Did you know that you can participate on a Wildlife Safari in Lofoten? We often hear about Wildlife Safari around the world and especially in african country where you drive around in the areas trying to find exotic and wild animals. In Lofoten in Northern Norway we have a rich animal and birdlife that we are really proud of and greatly appreciate. The finest we can find are moose, owls and various fox species including redfox, black fox, silver fox and cross fox.


Discover Lofoten's animal and birdlife!

One thing is for sure, at the end of March and April the spring slowly arrives and then the wildlife comes to life. During the spring, many migratory birds also comes north to Lofoten for nesting. They only have a few hectic weeks on them before they turn south again.

At the same time, the sun rises higher and higher. They days gets longer and eventually ends up in the Midnight sun from May 25th to July 18th.

During this exciting period, we also start our fantastic Wildlife Safaris in Lofoten. Everyday from 20th of April to 15th of September, you can join the tours and discover and hear Lofoten's animal and birdlife with Lofoten's most enthusiastic guide/photographer, Odd-Petter Tanke Jensen from Discover Lofoten.

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In the spring, the moose comes down from the mountains and deep valley's. After a nutrient-poor winter, they come to find aquatic plants, junipers, bark and other foods. Did you know that an adult moose can eat up to 15kg bark everyday?

In June the elk cow calves. The calves are brown/red in color and stay with their mom who is very protective. This is something we take into account on our trips. After 2 years, the calves are thrown out of their family to start their own life. The elk cow must get ready for new reproduction in the autumn.

At the end of August, the moose loses the bark on their antlers. This happens in 2-3 days. An antler grows at a rate of 1-2cm per day. In January, the bull loses it's antlers. The moose is always a majestic moment to experience.


At the end of March and the start of April, the short-eared owl comes from the south after a long winter. I slutten slutten av Mars begynnelsen på April kommer Jorduglene fra sør etter en lang vinter. They mostly stay in Lofoten until the beginning of September. In early June, they lay down to nest. They have a nesting time for about 30 days. After this, the kids stay in the nest for about 10-14 days before they have to move out. It is an amazing experience to see when the owl brings food to her kids. The short-eared owls also are really beautiful and full of mysteries.

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During June and early July, the foxes have given birth to their young. When they are kids they are very friendly and curious. and not as afraid as their mom and dad. This means we can often be lucky and get really close to the cute little foxes.

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In addition to moose, foxes and owls, we have alot of other species here in Lofoten. It is also very exciting everytime we manage to find the animals and the birds. The atmosphere is often electric and you wil feel it throughout your body.

The landscape in Lofoten makes it extra exciting to take photos and capture the animals and birds. If we discover the wildlife in the right position in relation to the landscape, you can take and create amazing photos with your phone or camera.

Facts about Lofoten Wildlife Safari

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What do you need to bring on the trip:
Many guests uses their phone when they take photos and videos on the trips. We also use our phone, but we also have bigger equipments then that.

If you have a camera, we would recommend you to bring this. The most important lens to bring is a telezoom, with a focal length between 200-600mm.

We also have some extra lenses that the guests can borrow on the trips. So far we only have lenses for Nikon system. We have:
200-500mm Nikon, 60-600mm Sigma for Nikon and 200-400mm Nikon.

Regarding clothes, for most of the trip we stay in the car with some short stops when we discover the animals and birds. We also do some short hikes in easy terrain if we have to.

Also we recommend you to dress yourself to how the weather conditions are. Use hiking clothes and good shoes. If you are unsure, talk with the people in the reception of Svinøya Rorbuer.

Lofoten Wildlife Safari is not a demanding trip and is suitable for most people who are crazy about animals and birds, and wants to experience Lofoten's nature in a sligthly different way.

Welcome to Wildlife Safari i Lofoten

Odd-Petter Tanke Jensen

Guide / Photographer