Nature conservation is key to all our engagements. This section of the website is currently under development and our engagements and projects will be more extensively presented soon. For now we simply thought it best to get all the Varanger info out there, as we are recieving a lot of emails with requests of info about Varanger. To be continued...

Gullfest 2016 poster on wall at østre molokrok IMG_2444 © Biotope.JPG


Gullfest was first celebrated in 2012, each year the festival has grown locally and internationally, and we continue to put Varanger on the world map. The main objective of Gullfest is to promote Varanger and Northern Norway as a world class birding destination to all bird enthusiasts around the world. 

Øvre Pasvik bird ringing project september 2016 DSC09807.jpg

Bird Ringing

Biotope have initiated a series of bird ringing projects in collaboration with a wide range of partners, from our UK bird ringing friends, to local partners and further to nature authoroties and others.

Kiberg Exhibition march 2015 © Biotope.JPG

Exhibitions and talks

A key part of developing a birding destination is to educate and inform in as many ways as possible. The left image is from the Biotope designed National PArk exhibition in Kiberg, outer Varanger fjord. More info to come on this section soon.

birders in Varanger at Hornøya bird cliff june 2015 med res - Amundsen © Biotope.jpg


Ecotourism and in particular avitourism is a great way to both raise awareness of local wildlife, but also to increase business opportunities for communities like those in Varanger. We have been heavily involved in developing Varanger as a birding destination. Read this Biotope report if you want to know more about it. More info to come on ecotourism in this section soon.

Bird surveying by Tormod Amundsen Biotope in Varanger


From the beginning, Biotope has been working to improve our knowledge of the birds of Varanger by conducting various survey work. What we register and describe is used to support local travel / tourism companies and inform and promote further research and nature conservation work in the region.