Bird watching safari – Hurtigruten land excursion

Puffin in Norway by Jakub Kassl, Hurtigruten

A spectacular bird watching safari to one of the world’s most exciting nature reserves, the Gjesvaerstappan, which lies approx. 15 km west of the North Cape.

This is an optional land excursion which you can add to your Hurtigruten cruise booked through Fjord Travel Norway. The land excursion will appear during the cruise booking process, with prices and details.

Sea Eagle Safari in Norway by Filip Hoel, Hurtigruten

Sea Eagle in Norway

On this tour you travel first to the small fishing village of Gjesvaer. On the way you will receive an introduction to the local flora and fauna, before continuing by boat to the nature reserve. From the vessel you can study Finnmark’s largest flock of puffins, together with large numbers of kittiwakes. During the nesting season this area teems with life as mighty sea eagles hover above in search of prey, while guillemots, razorbills, cormorants, Arctic skuas, northern fulmars, Brünnich’s guillemots, and the large northern gannet fill the air with a cacophony of shrieks and screeches. In the autumn you can also catch a glimpse of Europe’s smallest seabird, the British storm-petrel.

This excursion gives you fantastic filming and picture-taking opportunities, so bring your camera and binoculars!

Bird watching Norway by Gian-Rico Willy, Hurtigruten

Bird watching close to Gjesvaer Islands

Practical information:

Duration: 3 hours
Transportation: Bus and boat
Clothes/footwear: Comfortable shoes, warm and windproof clothing
Please note: Going ashore in the nature reserve is not permitted. Types of birds vary throughout the year. Not suitable for persons with impaired mobility.
Available: April 6- September 5
Land excursion #6B

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