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Eagle safari

"Of all the things I get to experience, I think this is the big one," says Norway host David Spinx, out to meet sea eagles in the Lofoten Islands.
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The Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway have the largest population of sea eagles in the world.

The RIB boat is doing 35 knots and Spinx is holding on as good as he can. He has been dreaming of seeing these large birds his whole life.

"What are the chances of seeing sea eagles today," asks Spinx.
"We are dealing with nature here, so I never promise my guests we will be lucky, but in the years I have done this, we have seen eagles on every single outing," says the captain. 

Spinx smiles. Not only is he getting close to wild nature, he is going to see the wildlife up close. This is going to be his big story to take home to England.

The eagle safari

Spinx travelled to the fishing village of Henningsvær where he joined a safari with Lofoten Opplevelser.

There are many other operators offering RIB boat trips and eagle safaris.

This is a good combination: You get to travel around the different islands while at the same time seeing the huge sea eagles at close range.

Meeting the eagles up close

It doesn't take long until Spinx's eyes are wide open. The captain throws fish in the sea. The eagles follow him closely from up in the mountain wall. They wait. They know the fish are too big for the seagulls to swallow. We wait. We look. And then, finally. One of the eagles leaves its spot on the mountain wall and comes gliding towards us. It scares off the seagulls, aims for the fish and comes all the way down to the surface to pick it up with its sharp claws.

Spinx is stunned. Lost for words for a few seconds, before he shouts:

"Did you see that? Did you see that?"

I think we can say "yes". Everyone saw that.

Where to stay in the Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten Islands are known for the old fishermen's cabins ("rorbuer") that have been restored and turned into modern accommodation for travellers. Find a fishermen’s cabin, hotel or campsite in the Lofoten Islands.

What to do in the Lofoten Islands

Explore the Lofoten Islands on foot, go rafting in the Trollfjord and visit Lofotr Viking Museum. Taste stockfish and be amazed by the midnight sun. Find out what to do in the Lofoten Islands.

Getting to the Lofoten Islands and around

There are daily flights into the three airports in the Lofoten Islands. Travelling around the Lofoten Islands is most easily done by car, bike and ferries. Find means of transportation to and in the Lofoten Islands.

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Last updated:  2012-12-19
Lofoten, Norway - Photo: sherifftv.no
Lofoten, Norway
Lofoten, Norway - Photo: sherifftv.no
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Sea eagle safari in Lofoten, Norway - Photo: sherifftv.no

Eagle safari

"Of all the things I get to experience, I think this is the big one," says Norway host David Spinx, out to meet sea eagles in the Lofoten Islands.

Eagle safari

Source: Visitnorway

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Winter in Lofoten

If you want to experience the genuine atmosphere of the many fishing villages, you should visit Lofoten outside of the hectic summer season.

What to do in Lofoten

Explore Lofoten by foot, go rafting in the Trollfjord and visit Lofotr Viking Museum. Taste stockfish and be amazed by the midnight sun.

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Tourist information in Lofoten

There are several tourist information offices in Lofoten. Some of them are closed during winter.

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Lofoten consists of seven main islands with a total of 24,000 inhabitants.

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