Birds in Vestre Jakobselv
The village is located at the mouth of the river Vestre Jakobselv, from which the village gets its name. The river runs through birch forests from the high tundra of the Varangerhalvøya national park. The waters here are among the best in Norway for salmon fishing. This picturesque village is one of the last northerly places where the birch forests thrive. It is a good place to find Hawk Owls, Arctic Redpoll and sometimes Three-toed Woodpeckers. Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers are also seen regularly. In spring and autumn migration, the shallow river and sand banks are very good places to see Bean Geese and Greylag Geese but it can also be a good place to find White-fronted Geese and Pink-footed Geese.
The road on both sides of the river will take you several kilometers into the tundra - the eastern one will take you the furthest. From a parking area at the end of the road you can take a walk into the Varangerhalvøya National Park.
The shallow river and tidal sand banks are buzzing with life in summer. Temminck´s Stints are often displaying and the local Arctic Terns are always loudly present. Further up the Valley can be a beautiful walk but also a good place to find passerines. The river delta viewpoint of Vestre Jakobselv gives you a great overview of the area. The road out of the village is a good place to scan from the car across the fields in search of grazing geese and hunting Short-eared Owls.