Off the coast between Ålesund and Molde, and connected to the mainland via a 428 meter long bridge, is the island of Runde. It is famous first and foremost for its enormous and dense population of seabirds.

The tall cliffs on the island are home to an estimated 500-700.000 seabird of which the Atlantic Puffin and the Black-legged Kittiwake are the most common. There are numerous opportunities for trekking on the island. Parts are protected during the hatching season, clearly posted signs along the routes will tell you where to go and not. Make it all the way out to the lighthouse and climb up for excellent views of the area.

Guided Tours

Another excellent way of exploring the Runde is by boat. Guided trips take you around the island for spectacular bird watching unmatched in Norway. Come within short distance of the nesting cliffs and enjoy the chaos and cacophony of hundreds of thousands of screeching personalities. Weather permitting the boats stop and let you on land for impressive cave exploration. They also make time for a visit to the site of a Dutch shipwreck. The vessel carrying tons of silver coins sank in the straits outside the island in 1558. Discovered by divers in 1972 it is a popular site for underwater discovery. Locals say you can still find coins washed up on the beach. The sea outside Runde is also spawning grounds for the most important fish populations off the Norwegian coast. When going out in a boat, bring a line and some bait for excellent angling. If lucky you can also run into playful seals around the island.

The Runde Environmental Centre

Runde has been chosen as testing ground for a project deploying seabed based wave energy converters. Two such converters have been installed in the rough seas around the island, and so far the project is showing positive results. Key to making use of the potential energy of the sea is information on how it affects the wildlife of the island. The Runde Environmental Centre (REC) provides visitors with an understanding of the complexity of the ecosystem on the island and how to best preserve it. REC features several splendid exhibitions and an array of preserved seabirds.

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