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Birdwatching at Ekkerøy

Ekkerøy and Varanger - a paradise for birdwatching and for birdwatchers

The kittywaks are home.The Varanger region in eastern Finnmark is in addition to Pasvik an area much sought after in Norway for birdwatchers and ornithologists. Several very rare bird species are observed here. Ekkerøy is well known for its easily accessible bird cliffs facing south and the Varanger fjord.

Top birdwatching place - 50 Bird Species in Ekkerøy

Photo Terje Kolsaas.In addition to the birds in the cliffs 50 bird species have been seen in Ekkerøy. Steller’s eider is one of the most popular and can be watched the year round. You can also watch white-tailed eagle, king eider and several divers.  Waders such as bar-tailed godwit and dunlin rest and feed on neighbouring beaches.

The most sought after bird species in Varanger are: white-billed diver, king eider, stellers eider, gyrfalcon, rough-legged buzzard, temminck's stint, red-necked phalarope, long-tailed skua ,  glaucous gull, iceland gull, snowy owl, shore lark, red-throated pipit, bluethroat and bar-tailed godwit.

Two Nature Reserves at Ekkerøy

Due to the rich bird life two bird sanctuaries have been established in and near Ekkerøy. The sanctuary on the peninsula was established in 1983 in order to preserve an important nesting site for birds. In addition to the bird cliff there are also birds in the shallow bay on the northern part of the peninsula on the beach and on the plateau with marsh and a small lake.

A short distance east of Ekkerøy is Storelvosen nature reserve established in 1991 to preserve an important marshland with vegetation, bird life and animal life that naturally belong to the area. The area consists of a meadow with a rich vegetation of several species of plants. The area is a special nesting site for marshland birds, especially in the spring.

Walking Around in Varanger and Ekkerøy

Beautiful and never ending view from Ekkerøy.Ekkerøy is a unique starting point for walks in a special open and flat landscape, the high sky and long horizons – often accompanied by a particular light. You may walk in the village and meet the locals or you can choose to enjoy the landscape by following the paths or just stroll freely. In Varanger you are free to go everywhere except on fenced in properties.

Have fresh Waffles at a Local Café

During the summer months Vadsø Museum has its buildings open. You can visit the old shrimp factory, a post-war apartment or the old fish oil steam-cooker. The museum has a small café in the old village shop.



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