This web page is dedicated to communication on the migration of the Arctic tern – the longest migration ever recorded in any animal. The main goal is to present the research results of the first ever scientific study to use tracking devices to follow a full annual cycle of Arctic tern migration. In the menu to the left you will find background information on the Arctic tern, the migration study along with maps and photos.


Follow the impressive journey of the Arctic tern from the breeding grounds in Greenland to Antarctica and back in this Google Earth Tour combining maps, animations and photos.



Bird of the sun is a photographic celebration of the Arctic tern. Each year the small-sized seabird performs the longest known migration: From the breeding grounds in Greenland to Antarctica.

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This study on Arctic tern migration was conducted by researchers from the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and Icelandic Institute of Natural History, in cooperation with the British Antarctic Survey, and National Environmental Research Institute, Aarhus University. The project is adopted by the CAFF (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna) Circumpolar Seabird Group as part of a larger coordinated research effort on Arctic tern migration.