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3 Day Birdwatching Wildlife Tour in Vyborg, Leningrad Oblast
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Spring Wildlife Tour in Russia

In spring, Open Russia Tours invites you to witness the stunning scenes of bird migration near the town of Vyborg, which is a land of plenty for birdwatchers and photographers. The Gulf of Finland and especially its eastern side - the Gulf of Vyborg” is a densely-traveled migration route for large numbers of arctic birds, travelling between the Baltic Sea, the White Sea, and Barents Sea. In spring, tens of millions of birds fly and form groups over the Baltic Sea.

Key information

  • Maximum group size: 20 persons
  • Starting point and ending point: St. Petersburg
  • Languages: English and Russian

Highlights

  • See the migration of birds
  • Birdwatching tour at Vyborg Gulf
  • Transfers from and to St. Petersburg
  • Transportation during the tour
  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • VAT included

Styles


3 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Russian
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
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Accommodation

Severnaya Korona Hotel (North Crown) is a three-star hotel in Vyborg. The hotel is situated in 15 minute walk from downtown area, near a picturesque park recreation area - a historical monument of the 18th century - the East Vyborg fortifications on the Battery Hill. So, in summer one can go for a walk or ride a bike, inhaling fantastically fresh air.

Rooms are 16 to 30 square meters in size. All rooms have private bathrooms, TV, and WiFi. Other services include sauna, restaurant, conference hall, and parking.

Program

Schedule

Day 1: Arrival at Vyborg and birdwatching

  • 09:00 Transfer with your guide from St. Petersburg to Vyborg followed by a short orientation drive in the medieval town of Vyborg
  • 12:00 Lunch at Hotel restaurant and check in
  • 15:00 Drive to the observation point on the Vyborg Gulf
  • 16:00-19:00 Birdwatching with the instructor-ornithologist on the shore of the Gulf. Watch the migration of Arctic birds
  • Return to hotel

Day 2: Birdwatching day

  • 05:00 Pick up breakfast-boxes from the hotel and drive to the observation point on the gulf
  • 06:00 Birdwatching with instructor-ornithologist. Watch the migration of Arctic birds
  • 12:30 Lunch at the hotel's restaurant, followed by rest
  • 15:00 Drive to the observation point
  • 16:00 Observation of birds sitting on the water until sunset
  • Return to hotel

Day 3: Birdwatching and departure

  • 05:00 Pick up breakfast-boxes from the hotel and drive to the observation point on the gulf
  • 06:00 Birdwatching with instructor-ornithologist
  • 12:00 Lunch in Vyborg and departure
  • Arrival to St. Petersburg

Main birds to be seen:

  • Common Scoter
  • Bewick's Swan
  • Whooper Swan
  • Wigeon
  • Long-Tailed Duck
  • Black-Throated Diver
  • Red-Throated Diver
  • Barnacle Goose
  • Bean Goose
  • White-Fronted Goose
  • Tufted Duck
  • Velvet Scoter
  • Dabbling Ducks
  • Marine Ducks
  • Pochards
  • Black Geese.
  • Pintail
  • Garganey
  • Mallard
  • Arctic Loon

Location

The Gulf of Finland and especially its eastern side - the Gulf of Vyborg” is a densely-traveled migration route for large numbers of arctic birds, travelling between the Baltic Sea, the White Sea, and Barents Sea. In spring, tens of millions of birds fly and form groups over the Baltic Sea. Within weeks, the density of the migration flow increases sharply as all of the flocks are drawn into the narrow Gulf of Finland as in a giant funnel.

Divers, grebes, swans, geese, black geese, sea ducks, gulls, and waders of different kinds fly in large flocks first, above the water, and then, in the Gulf of Vyborg and in the Neva Bay, rise to 50 to 100 meters making a nonstop flight over the Arctic Circle. Hundreds of thousands of arctic birds stop to rest in the eastern part of the gulf for two or three weeks to replenish their energy reserves before making the arduous journey on to the Arctic.

Food

During this wildlife tour, you will be provided with two breakfasts and three lunches.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Birdwatching tour
  • Services of a guide
  • Transfers from and to St. Petersburg
  • Transportation during the tour
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • VAT

What's not included

  • Flight to and from St. Petersburg
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Dinners and extra meals
  • Optional activities
  • Tips
  • Personal insurance

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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