Seabirds in Norway

Studying seabirds in Norway is reserved for the most dedicated and patient of birdwatchers, as the weather can be very rough. However, many popular species that are not so easy to see otherwise can be spotted in this way.

Which Seabirds May You See?
If the timing is right, you might get to see Shearwaters and Petrels like Northern Fulmar, European Storm-Petrel, Leach’s Storm-Petrel, Sooty Shearwater, Manx Shearwater, and Balearic Shearwater. More common sights are Northern Gannet, loons, skuas, jaegers, auks, murres, puffins, Black-legged Kittiwake, and different gulls.

Some of the Seabirds in Norway

How Can You Look for Seabirds?
Usually, you should find an extreme point along the coastline—even some fjords are well suited—and then get yourself settled on a few metres height. You should have some kind of a shelter, preventing vibration in the telescope and even rain or sea spray on the lens.
Another option is to use a boat, but this tends to be more challenging, as the comfort is low and movement high. Yet another suggestion is to make use of a ferry trip to look for seabirds.

What Weather Is the Best to Look for Seabirds?
Strong onshore wind. Light rain might also be a good thing, possibly drawing the seabirds towards land.

How Can You Spot Seabirds?
Some of the seabirds fly just over the waves, while others fly high. Additionally, you have the swimmers. So, you just have to pay close attention all the time. Binoculars and telescope are important tools when looking for seabirds.


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Recommendations on Places to Look for Seabirds in Norway

As more birding localities are added, the list will be updated.

Island Rarity Hotspots along the coastal line are well situated for studying seabirds.