Join us on this excursion to the Gjesværstappan Islands to see one of Norway’s largest and most impressive bird cliffs.
Visit the small fishing village of Gjesvær, which dates back 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 largest 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. The species of birds that can be spotted vary throughout the year.
Take a short boat trip from the historic Viking-era fishing village of Gjesvær and explore the nearby islands of Gjesværstappan. The confluence of warm and cold ocean currents creates nutrient-rich waters, while the steep cliffs of the islands make great bird-nesting sites. This is a paradise for thousands of birds and for birdwatchers. Don’t forget to bring your camera and binoculars!
From the boat, we can observe the Finnmark region’s largest flock of puffins and a large number of kittiwakes. During nesting season, this area is teeming with life, as mighty sea eagles hover above in search of prey. Meanwhile, 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 fall, you can also catch a glimpse of Europe’s smallest seabird, the British Storm-petrel.