Birdwatching in Western Norway

Birdwatching in Western Norway is like a dream. In this part of Norway, you are most likely to see the greatest number of different bird species in the country. The variety of bird species in Western Norway is enormous. One example is Jæren with its idyllic field and beach landscapes. Here you can examine the rich birdlife all year round. The mild climate makes Jæren a perfect place for many bird species to spend the winter. And during migration periods there is an abundance of birds in Jæren, always resulting in fun surprises of rarities.

Unique Birdwatching Possibilities
In addition to the extraordinary birdwatching district of Jæren, there is a lot to enjoy in Western Norway. Utsira, the most famous island rarity hotspot in Norway, is also located in this area. Some other very interesting birdwatching locations in Western Norway is Herdla outside Askøy, Giske and Vigra outside of Ålesund, and several other locations near Stavanger, Bergen and Haugesund. To top it off, Western Norway also has Norway’s southernmost, and probably the easiest accessible, bird cliff—namely Runde. In other words, birdwatching in Western Norway is packed with experiences.

White-tailed Eagle
White-tailed Eagle
Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper

Great Nature Experiences
Another benefit of birdwatching in Western Norway is that it can be combined with other great nature experiences—for instance Hardanger, Hardangervidda, Geiranger, Sognefjell, and the Atlantic Ocean Road. The old towns in many of the larger coastal towns are also worth a visit, and it is easy to find accommodation in the area.

The Geiranger Fjord
The Geiranger Fjord
Sunset in Frei
Sunset in Frei
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