Join us on this excursion to see one of Norway´s largest and most impressive bird cliffs in the Gjesværstappan islands.
Visit the small fishing village of Gjesvær which dates to the Viking era
Enjoy views of Gjesværstappan, a group of steep, grass-covered islands
Visit these outlying islands by boat to see one of Norway’s biggest bird cliffs
Spot seabirds such as puffins, kittiwakes, cormorants, razorbills, and skuas
Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed
Going ashore in the nature reserve is not permitted. Species of birds that can be spotted vary throughout the year.
Board a short boat trip from the historic Viking fishing village of Gjesvær and explore the nearby islands of Gjesværstappan. The confluence of warm and cold ocean currents here creates nutrient-rich waters, while the steep cliffs of the islands make great nesting sites. This is a paradise for thousands of birds, and for bird watchers too, so don’t forget to bring your camera and binoculars.
From the boat, we can observe Finnmark region’s largest flock of puffins, together with large numbers of kittiwakes. During the nesting season this area teems with life as mighty sea eagles hover above in search of prey, while guillemots, razorbills, cormorants, Arctic skuas, northern fulmars, Brünnich’s guillemots, and the large northern gannet fill the air with a cacophony of shrieks and screeches. In the autumn, you can also catch a glimpse of Europe’s smallest seabird, the British storm-petrel.