Europe has a range of wildlife holiday options available and there are lots of chances to see a wide amount of animals in a number of different countries.
Croatia has some stunning scenery and also a wide range of butterflies, especially around the lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice, the gorges of Paklencia and remote Velebit Mountains. Spot dolphins amidst the islands offshore and go in search of lynx, wolf and brown bear in the Dinaric Alps. In Germany look for wild boar in Central Franconia, along with deer, buzzards and polecat.
Forests cover more than three quarters of Finland and are home to bears, beavers, wolves and lynx. Kuusamo and Oulu are also celebrated bird watching spots. In France the Camargue is home to hundreds of bird species, including flamingo, as well as grey horses and horned bulls. In the Pyrenees look out for golden eagles and bearded vultures and even a bear or two.
Head to Iceland to see comical puffins, particularly around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Norway is home to Scandinavian staples but also wolverine and orca. Head to Spitsbergen to see polar bear, grey seal and walrus. Europe's last few bison roam the Bialowieza Forest in north eastern Poland. The Narew Marshlands here are home to beaver, elk and martens as well.
Just south of Lisbon in Portugal are the Sado estuary mudflats, home to masses of reptiles and amphibians such as terrapins, lizards, newts and frogs as well as otters and dolphins. The little-visited Sierra de Culebra in Spain is home to the country's wolf population whilst the Bay of Biscay on the northern coast is great for seeing fin, pilot and beaked whales. Elk and beaver thrive in Sweden whilst marmots play on the open meadows of Switzerland, where you may also see chamois.
These are just a handful of the options available though. You can also tailor-make your wildlife holiday in Europe by adding a city stay, beach holiday or other excursion to your itinerary; talk to a destination specialist to see what we can do for you.
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Embark on an odyssey with this itinerary, visiting the famous Blue Lagoon, spotting whales, sinking into hot springs, absorbing the cities and admiring the landscapes of the less crowded Northern Iceland.
Muotka Wilderness Lodge is a charming log-cabin style lodge by the Saariselkä fells in Kakslauttanen and makes a wonderful alternative to either Nellim Wilderness Lodge or Hotel Kakslauttanen.
his eight-day tailor-made tour explores northern Norway's Arctic outposts, with virtually guaranteed whale sightings and huge scope for other outdoor activities along the way.
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This full-board, exploratory cruise will bring you through fjords and past remote islands to reach Norway’s historic towns, fishing villages and Arctic fun. Everything from dogsledding and snowmobiling to the North Cape and the Russian border is set under the Northern Lights.
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Voyage highlights: Far Eastern Russia’s dramatic Kamchatka Peninsula & the wildlife-rich Kuril Islands plus Japan’s northern islands of Hokkaido and Rishiri; optional exploration of the Valley of the Geysers and other Zodiac expeditions and nature hikes.