On the boat excursions to Pyramiden and Barentsburg you will meet the Arctic fulmar and admire its awsome flying technique. This photo, on the other hand, is taken at the top of the mountain Fjordnibba during a snow mobile trip to Tempelfjorden. (Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad)
Photo: Dominic Barrington
Barnacle geese in Advent valley (near Longyearbyen) in May/June. Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad
Barnacle geese in Advent valley. Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad
The common eider is a large diving duck that has a circumpolar distribution and breeds in the arctic and boreal zones of the northern hemisphere.
Snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) in Longyearbyen. The snow bunting is the most northerly passerine bird in the world, and is the only passerine with a wide breeding distribution in Svalbard.
The snow bunting in the coal mining settlement Barentsburg.
The king eider has a circumpolar distribution that is more northerly than the other eider species, and is both a little bit smaller and more compact than the common eider.
The Brünnich’s guillemot is a stout, sturdily built auk that is slightly smaller than the common guillemot, and is one of the most numerous seabirds in the northern hemisphere. Brünnich’s guillemots from Svalbard generally winter in waters off Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland (Canada), although many stay in the Barents Sea throughout the year.