Møre og Romsdal  >  Norway

The birding island of Runde is well known for the huge number of seabirds that live and nest here on the steep cliffs. The numbers of birds are staggering.

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Most recent update 7 March 2021


The island of Runde has very steep bird cliffs and grassy plateaus. The cliffs are one of the most famous in Norway and full of birds. A gigantic number of Atlantic Puffin, skua's and a chance of spotting the White-tailed Eagle. Runde is one of a few places in Norway where the Great Skua breeds. Other birds you can see are Northern Fulmar, Kittiwake, Northern Gannet, European Shag, Razorbill, Common Guillemot, Ring Ouzel and Northern Wheatear. Best time to visit is when the birds breed: April through mid-August. But migration periods are good as well.



The great advantage of Runde is the accessibility. The island is located just outside of Norway’s north-western coast, and there is a road leading there. Via road 653 it's possible to drive to the island. But parking is a bit more difficult. The hike to the top of the mountain is a bit strenuous, but once you're up there it's relatively easy. Marked paths will guide you around the island.

Terrain and Habitat

Mountain , Canyon/cliff , Beach , Sea


Mountainous , Wet , Rocky

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Summer , Spring

Best time to visit



Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

The number of breeding pairs of the Atlantic Puffin is estimated at 100,000, that of the Kittiwake at 50,000. The island also has Norway's largest colony of Northern Gannet. It's also possible to book a boating trip around the island.

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