Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Tour Code: HVG-005
Cruise from the northwestern tip of Mageroya to a cluster of protected islands that is home to thousands of seabirds such as puffins, guillemots and Arctic skuas.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a leisurely drive northwest across the hauntingly barren island of Mageroya. About an hour later, you will arrive at Gjesvær, a fishing village of approximately 225 hearty residents. The first settlement on Mageroya, Gjesvær was an important trading post and fish station, especially in the Middle Ages. Even so, it could only be reached by boat until 1976, when a road was built connecting it to the rest of the island.
Upon arriving, you will board a small vessel known as a havsula, which was once used by the Norwegian army. It has plenty of deck space, so it’s ideal for bird watching. Once aboard, you will cruise toward Gjesværstappan, a nature reserve located on a cluster of islands nine miles off shore.
To protect the habitat, people aren’t permitted ashore, although you will still enjoy a birds-eye view of the thousands of seabirds there, including the largest colony of puffins in the vast county of Finnmark. They nest in holes high on the steep, grass-covered shoreline. Other birds commonly seen include kittiwakes, cormorants and razorbills. You might also see white-tailed eagles diving down to the sea and plucking out fish with their talons.
At the end of the bird safari, you will retrace your steps back to the pier in Honningsvag.
Please note: This tour is mostly seated with limited walking; however, guests must negotiate several stairs to enter and exit the tour boat. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Those who are prone to motion sickness should take the necessary precautions. Warm, layered clothing that is wind and water-proof; sun cap; sunglasses; binoculars; and flat, water-proof walking shoes are recommended.