Innherred and the surrounding area of the Trondheimfjorden is a paradise for birdwatchers from around the world. Short distance to Værnes and easily accessible viewing platforms and photo towers makes the area well organised.

Birdwatching in the middle of Norway

Spotting birds is easy in Mid-Norway. The variety of species and biotope types here is great, and the probability of finding a rarity spending the winter here is quite high.The Trondheimsfjorden and its superb wetlands are good places to visit all year round

Bird watching sites near the Trondheimfjorden in Norway

The map above displays the best bird localities in the Trondheim fjord area. «Tower icon” shows the bird tower, “binoculars icon” shows other good bird localities and “camera icon” shows commercial photohides (approximate positional information). When you tap the icon you will find pictures and information about the birds that exist and when and how to get the greatest benefit from your visit here (in English). You will also find recent bird sightings from the locality (in Norwegian).

Fuglekikking: Verdal and the surrounding area

Verdal and the surrounding area has a particualrily rich bird life; there are three bird towers within quite a small radius and within a short walking distance.

Beste time to visit: All year.
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Tronestangen ((Bjørga Bird Reserve og Ørin Nature Reserve)

At Tronestangen in Verdal more than 200 different bird species have been observed. Trones and Ørin in Verdal is a paradise for bird watching. Several bird towers have been built in the vicinity of known habitats. The areas in Innherred house several thousand pink-footed geese from mid April to mid May. In addition, a number of other water bird species can be seen in this area.

Bjørga is a very good bird area all year, especially as a staging area during the migration for water birds like loons, divers, geese, ducks, and waders. Among these, it is common to see geese, ducks, and waders in large flocks. In addition, the number of Great Crested Grebes is remarkably high, especially in springtime.

Thousands of geese and ducks, in addition to the vast number of waders, stopover av Ørin Natur Reserve during migration periods. Scarce migration guests, like the Greater White-fronted Goose and the Bar-tailed Godwit, are seen every year

Rinnleiret Nature Reserve

Rinnleiret is one of Norway’s largest beach meadows and an area with very diverse swamp and beach vegetation, including multiple endangered and threatened plant species.  Generally, the fauna here makes way for an incredible diversity of birds. First and foremost, this area is an exquisite staging area during the migration for ducks and waders. Even Arctic waders like Grey Plover, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Sanderling, Red Knot, and Spotted Redshank regularly visit. Many birds also spend the winter here, whereas the Mallard and the Common Eider are the most common species to do so.

Langnes Nature Reserve

Located a short distance up the Verdalselva river. The grey alder and the bird cherry tree (prunus padus) dominate this riparian forest. With its rich soil and many insects, this forest holds the perfect conditions for an abundance of life, including the rich birdlife that is even more obvious during the summer season. Here you will find many passerines, and among them a talented singer, the Icterine Warbler. The Lesser Spotted Woodpecker is also a common sight.

Birding: Steinkjer and Verdal – Lake Leksdalsvatnet

Leksdalsvatnet is the most important freshwater lake for birdwatching in Mid-Norway. The lake is about 12 kilometres long and located in both Steinkjer and Verdal municipality. The area has several richly vegetated bays, shallow areas, and river deltas, providing favourable conditions for a rich birdlife. Because of this, the area has one nature reserve and two bird reserves.

Lake Leksdalsvatnet houses the largest concentration of nesting Grebes in Norway, up to 50 pairs. Among the breeding species, there are some that are not so common elsewhere, i.e Great Crested Grebe, Horned Grebe, Eurasian Coot, and Black-headed Gull. In addition, Shovelers, Garganeys, Common Cranes, and Little Gulls have been found breeding here many times. Migrating species that are regularly observe include hooper Swan, Greylag Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Canada Goose, Mallard, Eurasian Wigeon, and Eurasian Teal.

Best time to visit:April – September
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Birding: Steinkjer – The Beistadfjorden

The Beistadfjorden is innermost in the Trondheimsfjorden and boasts several easily accessible birdwatching close to Steinkjer. Perfect resting places for migrating sea and wetland birds. At certain times, you will find thousands of Pink-footed Geese here, along with great numbers of ducks and waders. In the bay outside of Lundleiret, you will find the grassy islets Gluggen and Loaskjæret. On Gluggen, one of Mid-Norway’s largest Black-headed Gull colonies breeds together with Mew Gulls.

Best time to visit: All year, but particularily during migration periods and in the winter.
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Birding: Steinkjer – Vellamelen

Vellamelen Bird Reserve s located in the innermost part of Hjellbotn close to Steinkjer. The spring migration is particularily spectacular when thousands of  Pink-footed Geese and other birds are gathering here. Other birds to look out for are Barnacle Goose, Nortern Pintail, Garganey, Nortern Shoveler, and Greater Scaup. Generally, you will find a good variety of ducks, waders, and geese here.

Best time to visit: All year, but in particular during migration periods.
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