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Bird Watching

Summer is the season to see the rich colours and listen to the songs of indigenous Arctic bird species.

Slettnes, a sub-Arctic, flat, windswept and barren tundra, is one of few untouched coastal plains in Finnmark. The area borders the Barents Sea, which has some the world’s richest fish stocks. June and July offer the best close encounters with nesting birds.

There are unique photo opportunities in this landscape, and the area is suitable for visitors of all age groups, regardless of their level of knowledge. The region is home to over 100 different species of birds.

There are two marked trails in the reserve, one cultural heritage trail and one nature trail. The nature trail features information boards about some of the bird species that nest here. It takes 60 to 90 minutes to walk either trail. You can walk on your own or join one of the biologist’s guided walks. Everyone is welcome to share the experience with them. 

Sværholt is an abandoned trading post on the outermost part of the point between Laksefjord and Porsangerfjord. This site is home to Norway’s third largest bird cliff, Sværholtklubben. This site is only accessible by boat from Veidnes or Kjøllefjord.