Birdwatching in Jomfruland

Jomfruland is the largest of the islands in Jomfruland National Park, and it’s quite a beauty spot. The island is some 4 miles (7 km.) long and only about half a mile (1 km.) at the widest part. To get there, you need to take a ferry, taxi boat or private boat, as it is located about 3 miles (4.5 km.) off the coast.

Jomfruland consists mainly of clay, sand, and rock. Boulder beaches dominate much of the island, particularly the outside of it. The vegetation is very diverse, and you’ll find lush deciduous forests all around the island. In May, you can experience the beautiful wood anemone flowering. Additionally, the island offers culture landscapes, beach meadows, thickets, bare knolls, spruce forests, pine forests, and a tiny lake.


Map over Jomfruland

2Bird Tower in Øytangen
3Eikeskogen (forest)
4Østre Saltstein
5Tårnbukta (Bay)
6Tårnbrygga (Dock)
7Aasvik Dock
8Kubukta (Bay)

Birds in Jomfruland
Jomfruland is a spectacular experience for birdwatchers. First, it is one of Norway’s best migration spots, and second, one of the best “island rarity hotspots”. Some 330 species have been registered in and around Jomfruland, whereas only Lista in Sothern Norway beats its variety of species. The list of rare birds found on this page gives you an idea of the potential for bird and birdlife experiences in Jomfruland. Worth mentioning is the island’s very interesting range of breeding species. True, this has been constantly changing over the years, but both Greenish Warbler and Eurasian Golden Oriole are amazing examples of birds that have bred here. Actually, over 90 different species have bred in this island, whereas 40-50 of these breed here every year.

Helpful Information

Biotope:Boulder beaches, wetlands, culture landscape, deciduous forest, archipelago.
Best time to visit:All year. Most interesting during migration periods.
Bird towers:Yes, point 2—Øytangen.
Terrain:Flat to slightly hilly.
Local association:Jomfruland fuglestasjon (Bird Observatory).
Shoes:Waterproof hiking shoes.
Clothes:Wind proof and warm hiking wear.

Jomfruland Fuglestasjon
Jomfruland Fuglestasjon (Bird Observatory) is one of two observatories run by Norsk Ornitologisk Forening (the Norwegian Ornithological Association). It was established in 1972 and does a great job when it comes to ringing and migration counting. Their frequent activity has contributed a lot to the the sensational findings. The observatory is happy to welcome visiting groups, including nursery schools and schools. Upon a visit, you’ll get a tour as well as seeing the ringing activity. Check out Jomfruland Bird Observatory’s home page for more information on the island itself and its birdlife, birding localities, wildlife, visitor details and more. Highly recommended!




Birdingbed cooperates with long-time experienced guides in customizing personalized birdwatching experiences like…

  • excursions to see owls, woodpeckers, birds of prey and more.
  • Black Grouse lek, Capercaillie lek, bird cliffs, among other things
  • photography trips.
  • finding specific species.

For guided excursions in this area, contact Anders Faugstad Mæland through the web page Birdwatching Norway

Did you know …

…that Eurasian Golden Oriole is the official logo of Jomfruland Bird Observatory? How appropriate, as Eurasian Golden Orioles have bred many times in the island and is seen almost every year.

…that Red-necked Grebe is the most common of divers around Jomfruland?

…that around 330 different species have been registered in and around Jomfruland?

Bird Species Seen in the Area

Landscape Pictures

Some of the Birds Around Jomfruland

Rare Birds
Here are some examples of rare guests that have stopped by Jomfruland. Many of these have been seen dozens of times, and some hundreds of times (however, not at the same time):

Tundra Swan, Lesser White-fronted Goose, Bar-headed Goose, Snow Goose, Red-breasted Goose, Egyptian Goose, Mandarin Duck, Green-winged Teal, Black Scoter, Surf Scoter, Yellow-billed Loon, Black-browed Albatross, Cory’s Shearwater, Great Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Manx Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, European Storm-Petrel, Leach’s Storm-Petrel, Little Egret, Great Egret, Black Stork, White Stork, Greater Flamingo, Black Kite, Red Kite, Short-toed Snake-Eagle, Pallid Harrier, Montagu’s Harrier, Red-footed Falcon, Little Bustard, Black-winged Stilt, Pied Avocet, Pacific Golden-Plover, Killdeer, Kentish Plover, White-rumped Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Red Phalarope, Pomarine Jaeger, Sabine’s Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Caspian Gull, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Little Tern, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, White-winged Tern, Sandwich Tern, Thick-billed Murre, European Turtle-Dove, Pallid Swift, Alpine Swift, European Bee-eater, Eurasian Hoopoe, Calandra Lark, Greater Short-toed Lark, Crested Lark, Wood Lark, Red-rumped Swallow, Richard’s Pipit, Tawny Pipit, Red-throated Pipit, Water Pipit, Citrine Wagtail, Common Nightingale, Red-flanked Bluetail, Siberian Stonechat, Isabelline Wheatear, Desert Wheatear, Common Grasshopper-Warbler, Eurasian River Warbler, Booted Warbler, Paddyfield Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Barred Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Hume’s Warbler, Dusky Warbler, Firecrest, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Red-tailed Shrike, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Carrion Crow, Rosy Starling, European Serin, Hoary Redpoll, White-winged Crossbill, Long-tailed Rosefinch, Dark-eyed Junco, Ortolan Bunting, Rustic Bunting, Little Bunting, Corn Bunting, Brown-headed Cowbird.

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