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Latest updates from our tours in Vesterålen and Lofoten:

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.

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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.

BOOK YOUR TOUR WITH US; booking@vtours.no

We are now on Twitter:  @vesteralent

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. 

Contact us on email for booking tour: booking@vtours.no 

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.

For booking of northern lights tours, send us an email:

Booking@vtours.no

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. 

Not taken on this tour

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 "booking@vtours.no" 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

Mallard:5

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. 

Not taken on these 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

Hare:8

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

Not taken this night

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

02.05.2019 - 02:00 -> 04:00 - Wildlife

Black Grouse: 4

Hare: 18

Grouse: 2

Heron: 3

Goose: 1000+

Check out the video from this night  of black grouse lek and goose. 

27.04.2019 - 21:30 -> 22:30 - Wildlife

Hare: 8

White-tailed eagle: 1

Black Grouse: 2

Goose: 100+ and many different types of goose

26.04.2019 - 00:00 -> 02:00 - Wildlife

We spotted these animals this night:

Hare: 29

Moose: 3

Grouse: 14

Reindeer: 30

Arctic Scuva: 1

Not taken this night

24.04.2019 - 01:00 -> 04:00 - Wildlife

Hare: 35

Moose: 2

Short-eared owl: 2

Grouse: 6

Reindeer:2

More story videos are availible on @jens.birkeland on Instagram untill 25.04 (Between 01:00 and 04:00).

21.04.2019 - Wildlife

One hour trip in Sortland we spotted these animals:

Hare: 14

Grouse: 10

Red fox: 1

Swan: 2

Heron: 3

Several types of goose. Got plenty of them this time of year!

It has been a great start of the spring and summer tours with plenty of animals on small trips. And as you can see we do custom tours after what you want! Only one or two hours?- Sure we will do it! Contact us on email "booking@vtours.no" or at "Contact us".

18.04.2019 - Wildlife

On this four hour trip at night we spotted these animals in Vesterålen:

Hare: Over 30 (Lost count at one point)

Moose: 5

Black Grouse: 1

Otter: 1

White-tailed Eagle: 2

Red fox: 1

Swan: 2

And several types of goose.

14.04.2019 - Wildlife

Today we spotted 8 otters, one weasel, 3 grouse and several types of goose on a one and a half hour trip in Sortland. Cloudy weather and some rain.

13.04.2019 - Wildlife

3 otters seen with the den. One hour trip with cloudy weather.  Two foxes and one Golden eagle at hide.

Golden Eagle

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.

adult fox