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Puffins in Norway

Our plan this summer was to drive up to Bodö, but the closer our holiday got, the worse the weather up there. The weather would be better further down in Norway so we changed our travel plans. Then we saw that we came right near Runde where there are to be Puffins. We did not know much about Runde and there was not much information about how to get there and how easy it was to get close so you could see the birds. In the end we got hold of someone who had been there and then we were told that the biggest chance is to see them in the evening when they return home to the mountain. Since we did not really know how long it would take to find parking, go up the mountain or find the birds, we chose to leave well in advance so that we had a margin. So when we got to Ulsteinsvik we checked into the accommodation and put on our hiking clothes and then we set off on new adventures. From Ulsteinsvik it was 40 km out to Runde. The closer we got to Runde, the narrower and winding the road became. The last bridges were so narrow that it was not possible to meet another car on them and the same applied to the tunnel out on Runde. When we got out on Runde there was a parking lot for those who were going out and hiking so finding a parking space was no problem. We packed the backpack with supplies and extra batteries for the camera. It was overcast weather but the weather app promised a break. We followed the road for a while before turning off to the path up the mountain. It was a steep and winding path. It was paved at first and then stones and planks. Since we were in good time, we could take it easy uphill. When we came up on slightly flatter ground we could see the sea and…. puffins 🤩 Full of Puffins flying around over the sea. Now we got new energy and started walking the last bit towards the birdwatching place. That was when what would not happen happened…. it started raining 🌧 We went to the place we were going to and found a protruding boulder that protected us from the rain. The weather app promised a temporary break, but the reality looked a little different. We decided to wait out the rain but it looked dark for a while. After an hour, the dark clouds lightened and the rain stopped. Finally time to take pictures of Puffins. The puffins nest along the mountain slopes outside the fence. It is a bird protection area that may not be entered during the breeding season. The space that bird watchers and photographers have access to is quite rocky and a lot of cavities so you have to watch where you put your feet. The rain had also made the stones slippery. It was easy to photograph the Puffins when you got relatively close to them. In some places it was possible to photograph them with a mobile camera. The wind was what mattered most as it was blowing quite hard up on the mountaint 💨 It was not only the birds that flew but also time flew by. Five hours later we started our hike down and we were more than happy with the day's hardships. We had seen more Puffins than we could have dreamed of and so close. So we'll probably be sitting on the mountain again next summer watching these beautiful little creatures 🐧 See more of my photos on instagram @fotograf_lasse_andersson

Puffins in Norway