Bird Cliffs in Norway

Visiting a bird cliff in Norway is a wonderful experience, regardless of your level of interest in birds. Just the nature experience itself—with the steep cliffs and the roaring ocean—will give a mighty impression. However, the birds top it all off and make the cliffs come alive.

Which Birds Can Be Seen At a Bird Cliff?
Many of the bird species in the bird cliffs have a distinct appearance, and some people might find them a little penguinlike. The species most typical for bird cliffs in Norway are Atlantic Puffin, Northern Gannet, Black-legged Kittiwake, Northern Fulmar, Common Murre, Thick-billed Murre (mainly in Hornøya and Svalbard), Razorbill, Little Auk, Leach’s Storm Petrel, European Storm Petrel, European Shag, Great Cormorant, and Black Guillemot.
Some bird cliffs have more species than others.

Pictures from Bird Cliffs

What is a Bird Cliff?
A bird cliff is a cliff by the coast with many smaller ledges. The cliffs are often very steep, and the birds breed in colonies on them. The nests are lined up in a row closely packed together on these small ledges.

Is It Easy to Visit a Bird Cliff in Norway?
Some bird cliffs are easier to access than others, and some are marked with trails that you can follow. Other cliffs can only be seen by boat, but these are the ones that will give you an extraordinary experience.

Which Bird Cliff in Norway is the Easiest to Visit?
Many will say that the bird cliff Runde is the easiest to access, since it has road connections and very good information locally. Additionally, there are some other quite easily accessible places, but you need to take a boat or a ferry to get there. One example is Hornøya and Reinøya Nature Reserve, famous places because of the previous TV program on NRK (Norway’s national TV station). In Hornøya you will get very close to the birds.


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Some of the Bird Cliffs in Norway

When new birding locations are added, the list will be updated.

Western Norway