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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 27 July 2018

We spend an hour on this amazing ilsland ,and watch the teeming activity of tens of
thousends of different type of birds

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Reviewed 9 July 2017

About a 5 minute boat ride from Vardo Harbour. It is a reserve so you have to watch a safety and info video before departure. When you arrive you are overwhelmed by the noise, smell and amount of birds. Follow the paths and you can see some birds nesting. This is a paradise for bird watchers. Couple of hours is enough if you are not a bird lover. Ensure you wear correct shoes, jackets and take supplies if you want to eat or drink. When I went some of the paths were closed so lots of people trying to walk along narrow path both ways

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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.

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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..

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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!

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