Birdwatching at the Lake Ladoga and Vyborg
Tours from St. Petersburg
Vyborg and Lake Ladoga that are located close to St. Petersurg, offer a plenty of land for bird-watchers and photographers.
The eastern side of the Gulf of Finland is a densely-travelled migration route for large numbers of arctic birds, moving between the Baltic Sea, the White Sea and the Barents Sea. In the Spring, millions of birds fly and form groups over the Baltic Sea. Within weeks, the density of the migration flow increases sharply as all of the flocks are drawn into the narrow Gulf of Finland as in a giant funnel. On some days, the migrating birds cover the whole sky like strands of a cobweb. Divers, grebes, swans, geeses, black geeses, sea ducks, gulls, and waders of different kinds fly in
In the Spring we invite you to witness the stunning scenes of the birds migration near the medieval town of Vyborg, where you can combine the pleasure of a leisurely tour of architectural sights with something completely different – a powerful flood of emotion from witnessing the non-stop mass flight of birds from their winter quarters towards home.
The Autumn migration is also very impressive and interesting, with the opportunity to watch and photograph the huge amount of waterfowl that take a break from their travels in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland. This, combined with the bright colours of autumn leaves in stunning and unspoiled countryside, produces a deep and long-lasting impression on most bird-watchers and lovers of the nature.
Late April to Mid-June or
Mid-September to Mid-November
Spring birdwatching tours will take you to the Vyborg Bay.
Autumn birdwatching tours will take you to the "Kurgalsky" Reserve.
If you would like to enjoy a Bird-watching Tour during your trip to St. Petersburg, we offer trips to Kotlin Island, Ropshinskie Ponds, Lisy Nos and Lebyazhie.
Tours are conducted by a professional english-speaking ornithologist, a scholar and a researcher of the St. Petersburg State University who has many years of field experience.
Come to See the Swans
This special tour enables you to watch a different types of swans at their migration stop-overs. Additionally, you can see black-throated loons, white-fronted geese, black geese, mallards, tufted ducks, mergansers, golden-eyes, oystercatchers, curlews, lapwings, herring gulls, West Siberian seagulls, sea ducks, wood pigeons and many other birds.
large flocks first, above the water, and then, in the Gulf of Vyborg and in the Neva Bay. They rise to 50-100 meters making a nonstop flight over the Arctic Circle. Hundreds of thousands of arctic birds stop to rest in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland for two or three weeks to restore their energy before making the arduous journey to the Arctic.