Seabirds of Gjesværstappan
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Seabirds of Gjesværstappan
Gjesværstappan is a clutch of tall, steep-sided islands about 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) west of the North Cape. The biggest islands of Storstappen, Kjerkestappen and Bukkstappen are notable for their grass-covered nature, in stark contrast to the otherwise barren lands of Finnmark. The islands form an important seabird colony and are home to the great cormorant, European shag, black-legged kittiwake and a huge population of Atlantic puffins. It’s not uncommon to see the sea cliffs of the Gjesværstappan islands completely covered with birdlife.
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