Hjelmsøya round trip

Hjelmsøya is a 39 km2 mountainous island north of Havøyasund. There are two large nature reserves on the island: Hjelmsøystauren, a large bird cliff in Staurfjellet on the northernmost part of the island, and Hjelmsøysandfjorden a plant and seabird nature reserve with sand dunes surrounded by steeply sloped mountains.
Most of the seabird species breed in the Hjelmsøystauren nature reserve. Hjelmsøya holds the second largest common guillemot colony in Norwegian territory, 12 – 14 000 pairs, despite having been reduced from 120 000 pairs in the 1970’s. Up to 2000 pairs of Brünnich’s guillemot used to breed on the island in the early 90’s, but the colony has diminished and now few birds visit the colony without producing eggs or chicks. The breeding population of kittiwakes has been severely reduced as well, from its peak of 40 000 breeding pairs to approximately 1200 pairs in the year 2016. Now the most numerous species is the atlantic puffin which population has been estimated to exceed 80 000 pairs breeding at Staurfjellet.

Hjelmsøya Round Trip

The trip around Hjelmsløya is highly coveted. A very beautilful and picturesque landscape with thousands of seabirds. Join us on this short trip and enjoy the beauty of the arctic.

1-1.5 hours

Group size per tour
Minimum 5 / Maximum 12

on request


Guided language

We provide
Floating suit, life vest, gloves, winter cap, goggles

Important information about safety
Minimum age: 12 Years
Minimum height: 140 cm
Over three months pregnant women and people with problems in the back, knee, neck or other physical diseases have to tell the guide/captain about their conditions before departing. The guide/captain have the right to forbid people with problematic conditions or intoxicated people to participate in our excursions.

See our other excursions
North Cape
King Crabs
Bird Safari
Midnight Sun
Deep Sea Rafting