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“Wonderful place to see and photograph birds”
Review of Hornoya

Hornoya
Ranked #4 of 11 things to do in Vardo
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Owner description: Hornoya is the eastermost protected nature reserve in Norway. Here you can go ashore and experience a plentiful bird life up close. The island has one of the largest seabird colonies in Norway, including Razorbill, Atlantic puffin, European shag, Common guillemot, Brünnich's guillemot, Black-legged kittiwake, Great black-backed gull and Herring gull. Vardo Harbour offers transportation by boat. The passage from Vardo to Hornoya takes about 10 minutes.
Reviewed 31 May 2017

Really worth at least a two hour trip. Short crossing from Vardo so is very accessible. Ver good views of the bird cliffs which is unusual. Compares well with the Farne Islands in the UK. Recommend staying around the landing area for the best views of the birds.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 16 July 2016

Went for three days photographing the seabirds at Hornøya. The boat takes 10 minutes each way, first boat leaves 9am, last comes in 5 pm. Cost 400 NOK, and totally worth the money! You can see puffins, kittiwakes, shags, razorbills, guillemots, European herring gull, great black-backed gull and more, all less than 1/2-1 meter away! I went in early July when the common guillemot's chicks jump to get to the water for the first time. Quite dangerous, as they can hurt themselves or fall prey to a predator bird. Some good fathers follow their chicks to the water, which is quite touching as they cheer them on and encourage them to continue. I went both in good and bad weather and I recommend both as the chicks jumps mostly in good and non-windy weather, but I had most luck with the puffins in bad weather.. I recommend bringing suitable cloths which you easily can wash such as gore-tex and something to cover your head as you can get a spray of guano from behind photographing..a rain cover for your back-pack is great too..

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

Hornoya is home to thousands of seabirds, auks, puffins, guillemots, gulls, razorbills, and many more. The island is a short boat ride from Vardo harbor (about 10 minutes), There is a dock landing, but it can be tricky in rough water. The trail on the island is easy to follow and allows one to view birds engaged in different activities, such as nesting, breeding, fighting, killing. This was the first time I was able to photograph a puffin with a mouthful of fish. Highly recommended for those interested in bird-watching!

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

A short (5 minute) boat ride takes you to this place, which is a bird sanctuary. Guillemots, puffins, razorbills and gulls by the thousands. And, if one spends a couple of hours, one is likely to see a White-tailed Eagle make a pin attack. A wild place. Note: getting off the boat at the island landing can be tricky in bumpy seas.

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

The small island Hornoya is easly reached from Vardo harbour by a short boat trip. Hornoya is renown for the massive amount of breeding seabirds, like Puffins, Guillemots and other Auks, Gulls, Skuas etc. The birds aren't shy at all and can be seen close up. The sight of the huge number of breeding birds in the cliffs is very impressive. A trip to Hornoya is a must for all nature enthusiasts visiting the area.

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank Michael G
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