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Puffins, Iceland

Bird Watching Holidays

Our holidays can take you to some of the world’s best birdwatching destinations – whether you’re on a quest for a kiwi in New Zealand or want to take a peek at puffins in Iceland. Choose from self-drive holidays, stopping whenever you feel the urge to whip out your binoculars, or opt for an escorted holiday with an expert guide.

In Iceland, our self-drive holidays feature top birding spots, such as Lake Myvatn and the wild peninsulas of the north coast. Top ticks range from puffin, fulmar and guillemot to red-throated diver, gyrfalcon and eider duck. Our 22-day Wildlife Encounters self-drive in New Zealand, meanwhile, includes a night-time kiwi-spotting tour and a safari to the Cape Kidnappers gannet colony.

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Recommended Birding Holidays

A Taste of Spitsbergen

from £4,364
excluding flights
6–7 nights May-Jun
Explore Spitsbergen's natural wonders on this compact cruise
  • Wildlife
  • Small Ship Cruise

Wildlife of the Falklands

from £2,500
excluding flights
7 nights Jan-Apr, Oct-Dec
Explore the wildlife-rich beaches of Sea Lion Island
  • Wildlife
  • Independent
  • Bird Watching
  • Island Escapes
Falkland Islands

Arctic and Nordic Bird Watching

In Iceland, our self-drive holidays feature top birding spots, such as Lake Myvatn and the wild peninsulas of the north coast. Top ticks range from puffin, fulmar and guillemot to red-throated diver, gyrfalcon and eider duck. Our 22-day Wildlife Encounters self-drive in New Zealand, meanwhile, includes a night-time kiwi-spotting tour and a safari to the Cape Kidnappers gannet colony.

To witness one of the world’s most impressive birding spectacles, join one of our expedition-style voyages to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia where some 400,000 breeding pairs of king penguin gather between November and March. An Antarctic voyage can also provide incredible encounters with other species of penguins (from chinstrap to Adelie), as well as other birds like wandering albatross and Antarctic prion. Alternatively, choose an island-hopping trip to see the Wildlife of the Falklands, tracking down penguins, albatrosses and rare endemic species.

The Arctic also promises spectacular birdwatching. Board a small-ship voyage to circumnavigate Spitsbergen – the largest of Svalbard’s islands – to see hundreds of thousands of little auks and guillemots nesting on towering sea cliffs. An expedition-style cruise between Juneau and Ketchikan in Southeast Alaska will give you an excellent chance to spot bald eagle, tufted puffin, Stellar’s jay, great blue heron and marbled murrelet, while a visit to Eastern Finland’s ancient taiga forest can be rewarded with sightings of capercaillie, black grouse, parrot crossbill, Siberian jay and various woodpeckers.

Birding Holidays Further Afield

You might expect Australia’s wetland wonder – Kakadu National Park – to be brimming with birdlife. And you won’t be disappointed. The black-necked stork (known locally as the jabiru) is one of the most distinctive: a huge wading bird, with pink legs, piebald plumage and a glossy head. On our Top End Explorer holiday, you’ll also be able to seek out brolga, magpie goose, white-bellied sea eagle, kookaburras and lorikeets.

In Chile, flocks of flamingos can be found tip-toeing across saline lakes high in the Andes at altitudes of up to 4,500m. Search for the Andean condor, rhea, Austral parakeet and Chilean woodstar hummingbird.

Wildlife Encounters

from £4,638
excluding flights
21 nights Jan-Mar, Oct-Dec
Track down New Zealand's endangered wildlife on this self drive nature tour.
  • Wildlife
  • Self Drive
  • Whale Watching
  • Bird Watching

Top End Explorer

from £1,467
excluding flights
7 nights Apr-Nov
Explore the tropical city of Darwin, before heading south, deep into the national parks of Australia’s Northern Territory.
  • Self Drive

Read our blog

12 of the Best Birdwatching Holidays

You don’t need to be a twitcher. You don’t need to know your guillemot from your gannet, or even own a pair of binoculars. This selection of avian hotspots – in no particular pecking order – will transport you to some of the world’s most spectacular wild places for an unforgettable adventure in the company of beautiful birds!
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Tuesday, 24th July 2018

Will Gray

Top Ten Birding Spots in Iceland

Iceland may not top the tables for species numbers but if you’re after a birding holiday combined with jaw-dropping scenery, the island takes some beating.
  • Wildlife

Thursday, 6th April 2017

Cathy Harlow

29 Things You Might Not Have Known About Penguins

Did you know, penguins mate for life? Find out more interesting facts about these charming creatures in our blog.
  • Wildlife

Friday, 17th November 2017

Destination Specialist

Natural Selection: World’s Best Wildlife Holidays

A holiday combining beautiful scenery and amazing wild animals is arguably one of the most life-changing trips you can take.
  • Wildlife

Monday, 16th July 2018

Will Gray