The king of the skies: the sea eagle

Watching this majestic bird soar above while you are on deck may well make you wish you could fly yourself.

A mighty bird

With a wingspan of up to nine feet, the White-tailed Eagle – also known as the sea eagle – is the largest bird of prey in Norway. Scientists believe that they can carry up to double their own weight – and the heaviest sea eagle ever recorded was a whopping 15 pounds.

Sea eagles prey mainly on fish and other seabirds. They build their nests in treetops or mountainsides, usually sticking to the same nest for several breeding seasons. They normally lay two eggs; the chick comes out after 38 days, and leaves the nest after 10–11 weeks.


A protected species

Aside from Norway, the sea eagle is found across a wide area that spans from Greenland and Iceland to Iraq in the south, across Central and Northern Asia and all the way to the Pacific.

Today, the sea eagle is a protected species both in Norway and most countries in Western Europe. From what is believed to have been a low point of approximately 500 breeding couples in Western Europe in 1975, Norway alone now has more than 2,000.

Where can I see a White-tailed Eagle?

While on a Hurtigruten voyage along the Norwegian coast, you can join one of our scenic trips into the majestic Trollfjord to witness these incredible birds in the wild.

On deck, as we sail through the bird’s natural habitat, close encounters between human and eagle are not uncommon.

Only when you see these majestic birds with your own eyes, soaring above the ship, do you realize how big they really are.