There is always a reason for people to travel. Some people want to taste the local cuisine of another part of the world. Some others want to see the landscape or the animals. And there are still many other reasons. Animal watching tours have been popular among travelers due to their fun and uniqueness. People can see, observe, and interact with the animals in the wild. One of the most popular tours is an African safaro where you can see lion, cheetah, or buffalo in their native habitat. But if you don’t really like the savanna, we’ll have a different tour to recommend. It is a winter animal tour. The tour will give you the chance to see penguins, arctic fox, polar bear, and much more. Here are 11 winter animals and the best viewing spots to see them.
11. Polar Bears
The best spot to see polar bears is in Svalbard, Norway. It is an island situated between Norway and the North Pole. The best time to see them is during the midnight sun season, from May to September. You will see around 3,000 polar bears on the island. It is recommended to choose one the guided tours due to the large population of polar bears. The guides will make your trip safer.
Penguins are some people’s favorite animal. Though they can’t fly like other birds, but they are unique in their own way. For all of you penguin lovers, don’t forget to add Cape Town, South Africa to your bucket list. Cape Town’s Boulder Beach is home to the only penguins you can find on the continent of Africa. Since 1983, they migrate from Dyer Island to False Bay. And since then Boulders Beach is home to them. That place is one of the best spots to see penguins in their nativehabitat.
Cape Cod is a place where you can see seals during winter. Harbor Seals and Grey Seals can be seen in Stellwagen Bank near Boston, across beaches in Maine and Massachusetts, Monomoy Island in Nantucket Sound, and the Gulf of Maine. The seals love to take in the warmer water and be in sunny spots during winter. No wonder that the winter seal watching tour becomes popular among tourists who visit Cape Cod in the winter.
8. Humpback Whales
Hawaii isn’t only about its beautiful beaches, but you can also see the humpback whales frolic in the water. There are some whales watching tours that will bring you to the best viewing spots. It is quite easy to find the whales near the shores of any of the Hawaiian islands, but their favorite place is the warmer shallow waters. The best time to see them in the wild is between December and May. Let’s go to Hawaii at the end of this year to get an unforgettable adventure with the whales!
The best place to see reindeer is in Tromsø, Norway. You can choose one of group tours that will give you a tour and meet these creatures. Usually, the tours will bring the tourists to a reindeer farm in Tromsø. During the tour, they will explain about the history of the Sami culture and herding. You will also get a chance to experience reindeer sled ride too! A trip to Tromsø would be a perfect trip to spend your winter holiday.
6. Artic Foxes
Iceland is always the right place to see winter animals, including arctic foxes. If you want to learn more about the foxes, head to Arctic Fox Center in the Westfjords. But it is not the only place where you can visit them. You might see them hopping through snow dunes along the country’s main Ring Road. Hope you’re lucky enough to see the foxes on the road!
5. Snowy Owls
These beautiful snowy owls migrate, so be glad that Project SNOWstorm has been tracking the birds for years. Forty-three snowy owls were successfully tagged from North Dakota to Maine with GPS/GSM transmitters. The result helps you know the migration patterns of snowy owls and know where to find them. You can see them along the Great Lakes region of the United States since they make an annual appearance in there after flying from their Arctic breeding grounds.
The San Juan Islands is a great spot for Orca whale watching. But you will not only spot the orcas. There are some other whales including humpbacks, gray, and minke whales in the waters. Many tour operators will offer you the chance to see the whales closely. They know where are the best spots to do whale watching.
Are you a walrus lovers? We will tell you some places where you can see them. For Pacific Walrus, the only watching spot in North America is Alaska. The best places are Cape Seniavin, Round Island, and Cape Pierce. But if you want an unforgettable experience, you can choose to take a cruise passing through the Aleutian Islands, Bristol Bay, or the Chukchi Sea to see them.
Narwhals, which have long tusks live in the waters year-round. Though they are winter animals, they will be easier to spot during the summer months. They will move closer to the shore to feed. But during the winter, they will swim under the ice to find their meal. The best place to spot the whales is in Nunavut, Canada.
Puffins are an arctic bird which has similar black and white look to penguins. But puffins can fly. If you want curious about these birds and want to see them, head to the Faroe Islands, especially in Mykines. It is situated on the westernmost island and known as a place where these animals breed in large numbers.
Source: Travel and Leisure
Originally posted 2017-05-29 07:15:10.