BIRDS OF SVALBARD
Svalbard has an abundance of birds, despite its northern location. There are not many bird species that nest on Svalbard, but they can be impressive in numbers, especially seabirds and geese. A total of 126 bird species are recorded in Svalbard.
Most of the birds migrating to the archipelago in summer exploit the rich food sources in the Barents Sea and Greenland Sea. Only the Svalbard ptarmigan are resident on the islands through the cold winter, in addition to species such as black guillemots, ivory gulls and long-tailed ducks in the ice-free areas.
June is perhaps the best time of year for bird watching on Svalbard. The returning migratory birds can gather in large numbers in the valleys and along beaches before they start breeding.
AUKS – penguins of the north
Auks are often considered the Northern Hemisphere’s penguins because of their similar appearance. However, genetically they are closer related to seagulls and waders. READ MORE