Birdwatching at Beitstadfjorden

At the heart of Trondheimsfjorden, in the part that is called Beitstadfjorden, located near Steinkjær, there are several good bird locations. Hammeren, Lundleiret, Frøsetvågen, and Kroksvågen are all easily accessible creeks far into the fjord with nice mud areas, perfect staging areas for migrating sea and water birds. At certain times, you will find thousands of Pink-footed Geese here, along with great numbers of ducks and waders.

In the bay outside of Lundleiret, you will find the grassy islets Gluggen and Loaskjæret. On Gluggen, one of Mid-Norway’s largest Black-headed Gull colonies breeds together with Mew Gulls.

A little further north, there are several interesting waters. See for example the pages about Vellamelen and Lømsen and Snåsavatnet.

Map over Beitstadfjorden

1Nordvika, Kalvøya

Rare Birds at Beitstadfjorden
As many wetland areas have, Steinkjer has been visited by some rare guests. A few examples are Snow Goose, Red-breasted Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Barrow’s Goldeneye, King Eider, Eurasian Spoonbill, Black Stork, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Ring-billed Gull, Bonaparte’s Gull, Little Gull, Blyth’s Pipit, Yellow-browed Warbler, and Red-breasted Flycatcher.

Helpful Information

Best time to visit:All year. Best time during migration periods and in the winter.
Bird towers:None
Local association:NOF Steinkjer lokallag
Shoes:Training shoes or hiking boots.
Food:Recommended, but not far to the nearest supermarket.
Clothes:Leisure or hiking wear.




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 Terje Kolaas through the web page Northern Birding

Did you know …

… that Lundleiret is considered one of the most important staging areas for migrating water birds in Trondheimsfjorden?

… that at times, thousands of Pink-footed Geese are staging in Beitstadfjorden?

… that Norway’s first Black-throated Thrush was spotted in the industrial area Nordsileiret?

Bird Species Seen in the Area

Some of the Birds by Frosta and Tautra

Key Map
Helpful Links
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