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Bird Safari By Boat
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Gjesvaer has about 250 residents and was the first settlement on Mageroya Island, an important trading place in the north, as early as the Viking era. A small vessel will take you out to the Gjesvaerstappan Nature Reserve, 10 miles west of the North Cape cliff. The boat is fully heated and there is plenty of deck space for everybody.
Landing on the bird islands is not permitted, but from the boat you may observe Norway's largest grouping of puffins, as well as plenty of kittiwakes. The puffins, easily recognizable by their colorful bills, nest in holes in the grassy hills. The nesting period is from April until September. Mighty white-tail eagles can be seen hovering overhead as they hunt for prey. Guillemots, razorbills, cormorants, arctic skua, fulmars and gannets are also part of the flourishing bird life here. At the end of your boat tour, return to your waiting coach for the return to Honningsvag.
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Note: Participants must be physically fit. This tour is strenuous due to the fact that the boat is moving in the open ocean, although not much walking on the tour. Flat shoes with rubber soles are required along with gloves and raingear. Transfer time between Honningsvag and Gjesvaer is approximately 45 minutes each way. Sighting of any particular species is not guaranteed, although a wide variety of wildlife will be seen.
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Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.
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