Gjesværstappan

An important bird sanctuary

The Gjesværstappan became a nature reserve in 1983. The environmental authorities wanted to protect important seabird colonies, plants and wildlife. The land area of the reserve is 1.7 square km. The reserve also includes 5.5 square km of the sea surrounding the islands. Between June 15th and August 15th you are not allowed to set foot on the biggest island: The Storstappen, which highest peak is 283 meters.

The environmental authorities are very keen to protect the largest colony of Puffins in Finnmark. The first observation of the Fulmar was made in 1978 and the numbers of Fulmars are increasing. In the 1980s the Gannet established itself at Gjesværstappan. Among other birds you can observe at Gjesværstappan are: Kittiwakes, Cormorants, Shags, Guillemots, Razorbills and White-tailed Eagles.

The number of birds and the variety is great. What is also special is the fact that the Stappan are so close to the mainland. Few bird rocks in Europe are so accessible for travelling groups. Gjesværstappan is truly an opportunity you should take advantage of when you travel to Nordkapp.