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Varanger 2015

This was my seventh visit (since 1982) to this Arctic part of Scandinavia. The goal of the trip was to photograph puffins in snow on the small uninhabited island Horn°ya in extreme northeastern corner of Norway. This small island is the breeding place for thousands of birds arriving in second part of March. Due to snowstorm and cancelled flights in Oslo, we (Johannes Rydstr÷m and I) were forced to take the train back to Sweden and then drive our own car all the way to the Varanger pensinsula. Non-stop driving both ways - a neat little trip of 4660 km!
This years early spring meant that the snow had almost disappeared at Horn°ya, but some snowfields still remained where the birds could be photographed. A nice bonus was a Gyr Falcon that daily spun around the lighthouse where we lived.
Still winter when the Puffins enter the breeding place at Horn÷ya
Still winter when the Puffins enter the breeding place at Horn÷ya
Heavy snowfall on a bog in northern Finland
Heavy snowfall on a bog in northern Finland
Visiting Santa in Rovaniemi - no reindeers in sight....
Visiting Santa in Rovaniemi - no reindeers in sight....
Competition in ice fishing in Finnish Ivalo
Competition in ice fishing in Finnish Ivalo
Redpoll at Neljńn Tuulen Tupa lodge
Redpoll at Neljńn Tuulen Tupa lodge
Male Pine Grosbeak at Neljńn Tuulen Tupa lodge
Male Pine Grosbeak at Neljńn Tuulen Tupa lodge
Roadsign in two languages ​​- Finnish and Sami
Roadsign in two languages ​​- Finnish and Sami
Along the road NW of Inari
Along the road NW of Inari
Frozen waterfall and a flock of reindeer near Utsjoki
Frozen waterfall and a flock of reindeer near Utsjoki
Entering the Varanger Fjord - my favorite church Nesseby
Entering the Varanger Fjord - my favorite church Nesseby
A northern light with different colors - St Ekker÷ya east of Vard° Norway
A northern light with different colors - St Ekker÷ya east of Vard° Norway
The beach at St Ekker÷ya where waderbirds are plentiful in summer
The beach at St Ekker÷ya where waderbirds are plentiful in summer
Along the mainroad near St Ekker÷ya
Along the mainroad near St Ekker÷ya
Skallelv - a small village at Varanger
Skallelv - a small village at Varanger
Colorful fishing tools at Skallelv
Colorful fishing tools at Skallelv
Old fishing vessel B°lgen in Vestre Jacobselv
Old fishing vessel B°lgen in Vestre Jacobselv
Commen Eider fishing under the pier in Vads°
Commen Eider fishing under the pier in Vads°
Stellers Eider in Vads° harbor
Stellers Eider in Vads° harbor
Reindeers are a common sight at Varanger
Reindeers are a common sight at Varanger
Glaucous Gull near Vard°
Glaucous Gull near Vard°
Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull
Kittywakes at a spectacular breedingplace in Vard° harbor
Kittywakes at a spectacular breedingplace in Vard° harbor
Entering Horn°ya with boat where hundreds of Guillemots are fishing
Entering Horn°ya with boat where hundreds of Guillemots are fishing
Guillemot
Guillemot
Guillemot in bad weather
Guillemot in bad weather
Razorbill courtship
Razorbill courtship
Shags and Kittywakes in the big cave at Horn°ya
Shags and Kittywakes in the big cave at Horn°ya
Puffins arriving to Horn°ya
Puffins arriving to Horn°ya
Puffins in flight near breeding place
Puffins in flight near breeding place
Puffin
Puffin
Close-up of a Puffin resting at Horn°ya
Close-up of a Puffin resting at Horn°ya
Still winter when the Puffins enter the breeding place at Horn°ya
Still winter when the Puffins enter the breeding place at Horn°ya
Still winter when the Puffins enter the breeding place at Horn°ya
Still winter when the Puffins enter the breeding place at Horn°ya
Felix Heintzenberg & och Johannes Rydstr÷m at Horn°ya Norway
Felix Heintzenberg & och Johannes Rydstr÷m at Horn°ya Norway
Still winter when the Puffins enter the breeding place at Horn°ya
Still winter when the Puffins enter the breeding place at Horn°ya
Still winter when the Puffins enter the breeding place at Horn°ya
Still winter when the Puffins enter the breeding place at Horn°ya
An immature Gyr Falcon visiting the light-house at Horn°ya
An immature Gyr Falcon visiting the light-house at Horn°ya
A Herring Gull attacking a Gyr Falcon
A Herring Gull attacking a Gyr Falcon
A Herring Gull attacking a Gyr Falcon- picking on the head!!
A Herring Gull attacking a Gyr Falcon- picking on the head!!
An attempmt to shit on the Gyr Falcon....
An attempmt to shit on the Gyr Falcon....