RundeNorway's most famous bird mountain
Way out towards the edge of the sea at Herøy is the bird island Runde. The bird mountain is the southernmost in Norway, and the most species diverse bird site in Scandinavia.
The tiny island has about 150 permanent residents. But from February to August every year during the breeding season, more than 500 000 birds come to the island. About 100 000 couples of puffin (Fratercula arctica) breed here, but also gannets (Morus bassanus), skua (Tercorarius skua) and common shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) are established in large numbers during the breeding season.
The surroundings by Runde are vulnerable, important and interesting for research. Runde is also known as 'Treasure Island', following gold finds from the shipwrecked Dutchman "Ankerendam" from 1725.
The area is also well facilitated for activities like diving, fishing and hiking. Go on an exciting safari at sea and experience marine birds, including Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus) and seals. Bring binoculars, and you will be even closer to the animals and birds.
Worth knowing: protected conservation area with regulated travel