I was contacted by two friends last year after my trip to Hornøya. We came up with a plan to go back there this year, and last thursday we took the flight up to northern Norway to spend four days out on the island. Hornøya is a small island outside of Vardø and is reached by boat. The birdlife here is like no other place. You can walk closely around only few meters away from the sea bird colonies, and here it is tens of thousands of birds so you won’t have to compete with the others to get you pictures 🙂

A Shag with a roaring sea as background
We were very lucky with the weather and had amazing light all four days. And as well as I’m satisfied with my pictures I’m most happy with that my companions got the pictures they had planned to take during the weekend. We were out from early morning til sunset all days but the mood on everyone stayed on top as the camera shutters was working almost instantly! The days ended with dinner and a good laughter while going through the pictures taken during the day. Being out in the cold all day makes it hard to stay awake for long, you just have to close your eyes and five seconds later you are far away dreaming.

Murre in flight

Group of Puffins

On the island you get to stay in a cozy house right next to the lighthouse, and it’s located 60 meter above sea level.

Murre coming in for landing

Thick-billed Murre

Sunset over the bird cliffs

Black-legged Kittiwakes

When arriving Hornøya you get really amazed how much noise the birds makes from the colonies. The most loud one is the Kittiwake, making a very characteristic scream, but it is fantastic to listen to. This pair got angry on their neighbours 🙂

Shag and Murres

Five headed hydra

Puffin in snow

Good neighbours 😉

Murre after sunset

Night-view from the lighthouse

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    1. Hej!

      Ja det var fyra fantastiska dagar, med det där krämiga nordliga ljuset. Så man verkligen har möjlighet att vara produktiv! Tack Hasse 🙂

      Mvh
      Jonathan

  1. Härliga bilder och bra skrivet. Sista kvällsbilden är toppen, tog du den när du var ute så där sent en av kvällarna? Då förstår jag att du ville ut 🙂

    1. Tog den halv elva första kvällen. Hade gärna haft längre än 30 sekunders slutartid, så får bara ta och investera i en fjärrutlösare 😉

      Synd att man var så trött på kvällarna bara, får köra lite mer landskap på nästa tur istället hehe 😀

    1. Hehe, ja 14-24 levererar 😉 Kul att du gillar jsut den bilden, en av mina favoriter själv från turen!

    1. Nu väntar jag att få se era resultat 😉 Ska ta och starta en tråd på NF snart tänkte jag. Hoppas vi kan ta en ny tur om inte alltför länge! Tack Martin 🙂

  2. Takk for sist ja! Ble den siste dagen bra den og? 😉 Tusen tack!

    Mvh
    Jonathan

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