Latest updates from our tours in Vesterålen and Lofoten:

Keep track of what we find on our wildlife tours by following our guides.

Usernames: @jens.birkeland / @marius.birkeland83

30.03.2022 - Wildlife - 1100 -> 1300

Moose: 4

Reindeers: xx

Weather: Snow

25.03.2022 - Wildlife - 0630 -> 0930

Moose: 7

Seal: 1

Hare: 1

White-tailed Eagle:1 

Reindeers: xx

07.02.2022 - Wildlife/Moose

These days we find alot of moose both during the night and day, most at night.

During the day we also got the northern hawk owls and white-tailed eagle.

19.09.2021 - Moose safaris

So we did 3 tours during this day and did see over 70 moose in different parts of Vesterålen.

The best tour was the early morning (3 hour) tour from 0500 -> 0800 with 49 moose!!

04.09.2021 - Moose safari - 0500 -> 0700

Moose: 8 (One huge bull)

White-tailed eagle: 6

03.09.2021 - Moose safari - 1800 -> 2100


White-tailed eagle: 1

02.09.2021 - Moose safari - 1800 ->2200

Moose: 21

Rough-legged buzzard: 1

Short-eared owl: 4

White-tailed eagle: 1

01.09.2021 - Moose safari - 0500 -> 0800

Moose seen: 11

25.08.2021 - Wildlife 0400 -> 0700

Moose: 20



Eagle: 1

Hare: 1

26.08.2021 - Wildlife 1800 -> 2200

Moose: 37

Eagle: 1


Hare: 1

Red fox: 1

24.08.2021 - Wildlife - 1800 -> 2000. Rainy day


White-tailed eagles: 4

Seal: 1

23.08.2021 - 0400 -> 0800 - Wildlife

In the first 3 hours we saw 22 moose, where 6 bigger bulls was in a group. We also saw 3 White-tailed eagles, 3 seals, 1 otter, 3 hares and one Common Kestrel.


20.08.2021 - Wildlife

The last few days we have seen between 7 - 11 moose on each tour, some white-tailed eagle and seals. 

These days the moose starts to gather up so we use to see more of them togheter.


12.08.2021 - Wildlife Update

We still got chances to see the fox cubs on our longest tour.

We know locations of some huge bulls that we will keep track of in the next few weeks during the rut.

Very soon the northern light will start to dance in Vesterålen and Lofoten, we wont do the tours before 1th september because the nights are so short in august. But we can do the tours if you want to the risk.

21.07.2021 - Moose & Owls

We have seen alot of moose in the last few weeks; big bulls and calfs also!

And alot of Short-eared owls.


13.07.2021 - 2200 -> 0200 - Wildlife tour

Moose: 12 (2 twin calfs) 

Short-eared owls: 15 (5 owlets)

Hare: 4

Willow Ptarmigan: 9 (8 chicks)

White-tailed eagle: 4

Seals: 5

12.07.2021 - 2300 -> 0100 - Wildlife tour

Seals: 6 (2 baby)

Short-eared owl: 2

Hare: 3

Willow Ptarmigan: 4

Weasel: 1

Oter: 1

Reindeer: 7

15.06.2021 - 0200 -> 0400 - On our owl tour we did see:

Short-eared owl:4

Hare: 3

White-tailed eagle: 2

Willow ptarmigan: 6

Black grouse: 1

Moose: 2

Reindeer: 6

08.06.2021 - Wildlife

The last weeks we have spotted alot of owl so we have started up short tours from Sortland! Check out "Tours / Prices" for more info.

20.05.2021 - Wildlife under the midnight sun! 23.00 - 02.00

Hare: 30+

White-tailed eagle: 20+

Short-eared owl: 3

Willow ptarmigan: 10+

Black grouse: 1

Moose: 4

Reindeer: 20+

09.05.2021 - 3 hour wildlife tour!

NOTE: From 23 may the midnight sun is up in Sortland and we will start up the tours at night in the days before that!

Hare: 18

Moose: 2

White-tailed eagle: 9

Goose: To many to count 

Willow ptarmigan: 15

Red-breasted merganser: 23

Reindeer: 14

Black grouse: 1

And we see alot of more common animals that we don't write down.

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05.05.2021 - Wildlife season has started! This was seen on a 2 hour trip at early morning:

Hare: 2

Moose: 3

White-tailed eagle: 6

Goose: To many to count 

Willow ptarmigan: 2 

Red-breasted merganser: 14

Reindeer: 14

Rough-legged buzzard: 4

26.02.2021 - Update

Much moose to see in Vesterålen now.

Northern lights season goes on to the 15 april.  - (Check your spamfolder for answers)

25.08.2020 NEWS

We have started with Moosesafari under the northern lights, Sea eagle safari and Ice fishing.

We require that face mask will be used on all our trips at all time! We can get them for you with no extra cost but we recommend that you bring your own. We have hand alcohol/hand wash available on all our trips.

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25.09.2020 - 1300 -> 3 hour wildlife safari


White-tailed eagle: 10+

Seal: 5

11.09.2020 - 0500 -> 2 hour moose safari


White-tailed eagle: 2

31.08.2020 - 0400 -> 3 hour moose safari

Moose: 6 (5 bulls, 1 female)

White-tailed eagle: 9

Harbor seal: 1

One beautiful sunrise!

Also the Northern lights have been awesome the last 2 nights in Vesterålen.

24.08.2020 - 2000 -> 3 hour moose safari

Moose: 2 young bull were spotted on this tour.

We did also see alot of baby hares and some adults.

One fox spotted in a distance and one fox cub did the guide see on his way home after guest had been dropped of.

23.08.2020 - 2200 -> 2 hour moose safari

Moose: 5 / Mother with two calfs and 2 bulls seen.

The tour ended with the first northern lights of the season!

30.07.2020 - 2200 -> 2 hour moose safari

Moose: 4

Hare: 2 (one baby)

Wildlife under the midnigthsun - 20.07.2020 - 22:00 -> 04:30

Moose: 3

White-tailed eagle: 1

Willow Ptarmigan: 6

Hare: 2 (One baby)

Red fox: 2 (One was hunting sandmartins)

And many more common birds.

We had beautiful colors for the midnightsun for 3-4 hours aswell! Incredible!


Wildlife - 30.04.2020 - 04:00 -> 07:00

Moose: 3

White-tailed eagle: 20

Golden eagle: 1

Black Grouse: 1

Hare: 1

Reindeer: 10

Heron: To many to count

Cormorant: To many to count

Ducks all over the area.

Goose: xxxx 

Eurasian curlew: 3

Rough-legged buzzard: 1

Wildlife - 03.03.2020 - 08:30 -> 14:30

Moose: 5

White-tailed eagle: 4

Seal: 12

Willow Ptarmigan: 6

Swan: 6

Reindeer: 10

Heron: To many to count

Cormorant: To many to count

Ducks all over the area.


Moose Safari - 02.03.2020 - 23:30 -> 01:30

Moose: 14

Wildlife - 02.03.2020 - 11:00 -> 12:30

Moose: 8

White-tailed eagle: 7

Seal: 1

Cormorant: To many to count

Ducks all over the area.


Northern Lights - 29.02.2020 - 23:00 -> 03:00

Blizzard, northern lights and moose is the keywords from this night. In one moment there was a blizzard and in the next sec there was northern lights dancing like crazy all over the sky!

On this trip we also counted 31 moose!!


Northern Lights - 27.02.2020 - 19:00 -> 23:00

Got to see the northern lights for 4 hours on this tour, not the strongest aurora but still a great night. 

We also saw some moose and a few hares on the trip.

Moose Safari by night - 06.02.2020 - 23:30 -> 01:30

8 moose were spotted on this short moose safari by night, most of them up close.

Northern Lights - 04.02.2020 - 19:00 -> 00:00

We found clear sky inbetween the blizzards and what a show!! The sky were dancing!


Wildlife - 01.02.2020 - 09:00 -> 11:00


On this tour we were focusing on eagles.

White-tailed eagles: 4

Golden eagles: 2


Northern Lights - 29.01.2020 - 18:30 ->20:30


We got to see the northern lights for the 2 hours out. Mostly weak but i had some great strong moments.


Northern Lights - 21.01.2020 - 23:00 ->02:00


We did see the northern lights for about 20mins before a blizzard came. Amazing night out even some bad weather.


Northern Lights - 20.01.2020 - 20:00 -> 00:00

The northern lights forecast for this night was pretty good (KP4) but the weather forecast was not to good. We found a few places with clear sky/stars and we got to see some very weak aurora for about 2 min. 

We also saw 4 hares on the tour.

Wildlife - 19.01.2020 - 10:00 -> 12:00

Moose: 3

White-tailed eagle: 14

Reindeer: To many to count

Seal: 1

Cormorant: To many to count

Ducks all over the area.

Northern lights - 09.01.2020 - 23:00 -> 02:00

We have had some stormy days the last week here in Vesterålen. This night we got to see the northern lights dance between the stormy clouds. 

We did also spot 2 moose on this trip.

Wildlife - 29.12.2019 - 10:00 -> 14:00

Moose: 7

Reindeer: 11

White-tailed eagle: 3

Otter: 3 (2 of them was very playful)

Cormorant: To many to count


Wildlife tour at night - 23.12.2019 - 00:00 -> 04:00

Moose: 15

Hare: 5

Red fox: 2

European roe deer: 1

Willow ptarmigan: 1

Wildlife at night & Northern lights - 19.12.2019 - 00:00 -> 04:00

Got to see some northern lights at the start and end of the tour. We also spotted these animals below even it were snowing and raining:

Moose: 11

Hare: 4


Moose safari at night - 08.12.2019 - 22:00 -> 01:00

4 moose spotted tonight. But we did also see alot of fresh trails of the moose.

Wildlife - 28.11.2019 - 13:00 -> 15:00

Moose: 1

White-tailed eagle: 3

Otter: 2

Heron: To many to count

Reindeer: To many to count

Cormorant: To many to count


Wildlife - 20.11.2019 - 10:00 -> 12:00

White-tailed eagle: 7

Heron: 35+

Cormorant: 100+

Seal: 4


Moose safari at night - 17.11.2019 - 20:00 -> 23:00

We did see 3 moose under the northern lights at this tour in Vesterålen. We also spotted a weasel while driving.

At one of the stops while we were looking at one of the moose's the northern lights started to dance! Such a amazing night. Videos and pictures from the tour will be posted on facebook and instagram. @vesteralentours

The moon was also up (around 80%).


Northern Lights - 28.10.2019 - 20:00 ->00:00

We got to see the northern lights a few times inbetween the snowclouds. When we saw the light it were strong and colorful. We also did see 5 hares on the tour, the guide did also see a roe deer and the way to the pick up location.


Northern Lights - 16.10.2019 - 19:00 -> 23:00

Perfect clear skies over Vesterålen this night. The night started abit slow and we did only see the aurora when we took pictures or video of it since it was so weak. After 2 hours or so lights startet to get stronger. The last hour it were strong and started dancing for us for a little while. The moon was allmost full this night aswell.

Great night for our Belgium guest that got to see the lights for his first time.

He also got some pictures and videos of him under the northern lights, we use to give away the pictures and video after every tour to our guest if there is any lights of course.


Northern Lights - 01.10.2019 - 21:00 -> 01:00

The weather forecast did say clear sky this night but that was wrong, it was cloudy but with some clear sky. We did see the northern lights for a long while, mostly weak but it had some "stronger" moments. We also spotted a moose on this tour.


Northern lights - 27.09.2019 - 20:00 -> 02:30

This night we had a kp5 Geomagnetic Storm here in Vesterålen. We had aurora from sunset to sunrise. The whole weekend have been great with activity from the aurora. 

Check out some of our pictures from this weekend on our facebook page. Click the picture to get to our facebook page.


Wildlife - 26.09.2019 - 08:00 -> 14:30

White-tailed eagle: 9

Moose: 3

Swan: 7 

Heron: 10+

Red-breasted merganser: 100+ Too many to count.

Porpoise: 2

Northern Lapwing: 1

On this tour we also did stop at Marmelkroken and Andøy Friluftssenter for something to eat.


Northern lights - 23.09.2019 - 00:00 -> 02:00

We were lucky with the clouds tonight, they were gone from midnight even do the forecast said that it was going to be cloudy the whole night. The northern lights were on the sky for the whole time aswell, even when we did call it for the night. Not the strongest aurora but beautiful with the moon up.

This week will be insane the forecast says about the aurora.


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Wildlife - 12.09.2019 - 10:00 -> 14:00

White-tailed eagle/sea eagle: 7

Swans: 9

Other more common birds and animals seen aswell. We were hoping to see moose on this trip but the moose was hiding to well this time.

Northern Lights - 10.09.2019 - 00:00 -> 01:40

The weather forecast for this night was not to good but it said it would be chances for clear sky and yeah we found it. Most of the time it were very weak but it lasted for the time we were out. She did give us a couple of coronas for that 1:40 hour out. Great night!


Northern Lights - 07.09.2019 - 22:00 -> 01:00

Tonight there was aurora all over the sky! We got to see high speed aurora dancing over the sky and we also had a few moments with weak aroura but there was lights on the sky the whole time we were outside.

We also spotted 5 moose under the light, Magical!


Northern Lights - 06.09.2019 - 23:00 -> 03:00

We got to see the northern lights for a few hours this night. There was alot of clouds, fog and high humidity but we did manage to find a few nice spots to watch here dance abit before there was to much clouds.

We also did see the milkey way and some shooting stars.


Northern Lights - 03.09.2019 - 00:30

Lady aurora was spotted tonight but she was weak most of the time and there was alot of clouds. 

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Northern Lights - 01.09.2019 - 02:00

The season is on! We had an amazing show here in Vesterålen even there was cloudy. The forcast is also really good for 02.09 for the Northern Lights but the weather forecast not so good.


Not taken on this tour

Northern Lights - 28.08.2019 - 22:00->02:00

The weather this night was perfect for northern lights but we were unlucky and we did not see the aurora this night.

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We will also keep doing Wildlife and moose safari during the northern lights season.


Wildlife - 20.08.2019 - 2 diffrent tours this day:

04:00 -> 10:30 - Moose Safari

This tour starte great with 7 moose at the same area for the first 30 mins of the tour then it slowed down abit.

Moose: 7

White-tailed Eagle: 7

Hare: 1

Heron: 1

Arctic Scuva: 2

Merlin: 1

And the other wildlife tour was from 12:00 to 16:00.

White-tailed Eagle: 3

Swan: 4

Heron: 1

Weasel: 1

Merlin: 1

We also did see more common animals and birds on these tours like Cormorant, Goose etc.


17.08.2019 - Wildlife - 19:00 -> 23:00

There were some animals but also a memorable sunset on a fantastic beach with insanely beautiful mountains all around and many colors.

White-tailed eagle: 4

Baby hare: 1

Grouse: Around 20.

We did not see any moose on this trip but we saw some moose track and we know they are in the area but unlucky this time!


06.08.2019 - Wildlife tour - 05:00 -> 07:00

Animals spotted on this tour:

White-tailed eagle: 1

Seal: 1

Grouse parents with kids

Red-breasted merganser: 6

And some more common animals/birds seen but we dont count them here.

05.08.2019 -  Moose Safari - 03:00 -> 05:00

The goal of this tour was to see moose in Vesterålen.

We got to see 3 male moose and on the way home we spotted another one.

Also a few otters were spotted down by the ocean close to the pick up point.


01.08.2019 - Wildlife - Update

We are not been able to keep this updated the last two weeks because of much work.

We got a "hotspot" for moose and we have been spotting from 4 to 8 moose on all the small tours except one tour that we did not see any moose at all.

Midnight sun - The "midnight sun" are gone but there is still not totally dark at night yet so there is possible to go for night tours still but at the darkest times the pictures will be nosiy. So for pictures we prefer early morning or evening for wildlife tours.

Other animals spotted is; White-tailed eagle, seal, otters, weasel, fox cubs, hare, owls (Short and Long eared owl), diffrent types of ducks and much more.


From middle of August there is a small change to see the aurora but we wont start our tours before start of September.  But if you only are here in the middle of August and knows the risk that we need to be really lucky to get some aurora, then you can contact us.


14.07.2019 -  Wildlife - 23:00 -> 01:30

Tonight we spotted these animals on our small tour.

2 of the moose where standing close to us for 20min as models for us to take pictures of!

Moose: 5

Fox cubs: 2

Adult fox: 1

Long-eared owl: 1

Otter: 1

Heron: 2

White-tailed eagle: 1

11.07.2019 - Wildlife - 00:15 -> 03:15

This tour started slow and we "only" spotted one hare the first hour or so. After that we spotted these:

Red fox cubs: 3

Moose: 3

Short-eared owl: 2

Long-eared owl: 1

Hare: 5


08.07.2019 - Fox cubs - Sortland - 23:00 -> 01:00

3 fox cubs spotted at our Den location in Sortland, Vesterålen so they are still in the same area. On the way out there we spotted; Short-eared owl, hares, otter and white-tailed eagle. 

26-29.06.2019 -  Fox cubs

The last week we have been photographing fox cubs outside the den here in Vesterålen, so there is a big chance to see them on our wildlife tours.

22.06.2019 - Wildlife - Night

We have been on a few wildlife tours in Vesterålen the last few weeks but not counted on the tours like before, but here is some pictures and what we spotted on our last trip with guest 18.06. The weather was cloudy and it did rain abit.

Weasel - 2 of them on the last trip, one did make an show for 15 min infront of us.

Short-eared owl - 2 seen and one of them did grab food infront of us.

Moose: 2 

Oter: 2 with a fish

Seal: 1

White-tailed eagle: Around 10 seen.

Ruffs: 10+ on the same place

And much more..

We still got some open day for wildlife tours this summer, both day and night, contact us as "" or in chat.

03.06.2019 -  Wildlife - 23:00 ->01:00

Moose: 8

Hare: 6

White-tailed eagle: 1

Long-eared owl: 1

Swan: 2

Grouse: 1

Eurasian curlew: 6

Heron: 1

30.05.2019 -  Wildlife 

Our goal today was to find Foxes and Long-eared owls and ended up with these:

Long-eared owl: 20 (1 adult, rest owlets)

Short-eared owl: 1

Fox: 4 (1 half black)

Swan: 1

Heron: 1

Red-breasted merganser: 3


28.05.2019 - 00:00 -> 03:00 - Wildlife/Midnightsun

Tonight we spotted these animals:

Hare: 5

Moose: 1

Short-eared owl: 6

Black grouse: 4

Grouse: 3

Swan: 3

Heron: 5

Red-breasted merganser: 20

Mallard: 3

Tufted duck: 2

Eurasian teal: 3

Common shelduck: 2

Common Snipe: 2

26.05.2019 - Wildlife

We have been out looking for wildlife the last few days here in Vesterålen and parts of Lofoten but not counted all the animals we have spotted.

We have located more Short-eared owls and also seen a few Northern Hawk owls not to far away from Sortland. 

Also Roe deer have been spotted but theres not to many of them in the area so they are harder to find.

We have also spotted more adult red foxes close by so we are checking out some dens to see fox cubs.

And spotted much moose, seals, ruffs, eagles, black grouse, grouse, hares and much more on our tours. 

19.05.2019 - 22:00 -> 03:30 - Wildlife

On this tour we got to see a Short-eared owl chase a red fox. We also got to see a Short-eared owl fly over 4 moose. In total we spotted these animals:

Hare: 54

Moose: 10

Red Fox: 2 (Adult)

Short-eared owl: 5

Black Grouse: 4

Grouse: 1

Swan: 3

Heron: 2

Reindeer: 9

Mallard: 1

We also had a very colorful night! 

10.05.2019 - 22:00 -> 03:30 - Wildlife

This tour we were looking mostly for moose, owls and eagles in Vesterålen. We also got to see a very colorful sunrise. Here is what we spotted:

Moose: 19

White-tailed eagle: 14

Hare: 32

Short-eared owl: 6

Black Grouse: 2

Grouse: 8

Swan: 2

Heron: 5

Reindeer: 17

Mallard: 6

Weasel: 1

Mouse: 1

Goose: To many to count.

08.05.2019 - 22:00 -> 04:00 - Wildlife Tour

On this big trip we spotted these animals:

Hare: 85

Moose: 17

White-tailed eagle: 31

Red fox: 1 (adult)

Short-eared owl: 2

Black Grouse: 3

Grouse: 17

Otter: 4

Swan: 7

Heron: 3

Reindeer: 23

Red-breasted merganser: 35

Common merganser: 11

Mallard: 9

Black-tailed godwit: 3

Tufted duck: 3

Common eider: 2

Common snipe: 4

Eurasian wigeon: 2

Eurasian teal: 2

Common shelduck: 5

Weasel: 1

Rough-legged buzzard: 1

Mink: 1

Goose: To many to count!


07.05.2019 - 03:00 -> 04:30 - Wildlife and sunrise

On this tour our goal was to see black grouse lek in Sortland, Vesterålen and we also got to see a wonderful sunrise. 

Black Grouse: 2


White-tailed eagle: 1

Goose: To many to count

05.05.2018 - 21:00 -> 01:30 - Wildlife

This night was awesome! Here is a list of what we spotted in Vesterålen:

Hare: 43

Moose: 14

White-tailed eagle: 26

Red fox: 1 (Adult)

Grouse: 6

Swan: 4

Heron: 17

Red-breasted merganser: 36

Reindeer: 3

Seal: 1

Kestrels: 2

Mallard: 4

Common merganser: 32

Arctic Scuva: 1

Gyrfalcon: 1

Common ringed plover: 2

Black-tailed godwit: 3

Pintail: 2

Tufted duck: 2

Goose: To many to count

For photos, videos and live updates from our tours you shoud check out our instagram accounts and storys: @vesteralentours, @jens.birkeland and @m_birkeland83