Lake and meadow in Slettnes
Old Sami stone formation


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    1,230 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    71°04'N 28°11'E
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The Site is a coastal lowland plain in the northernmost area of mainland Europe. It consists of treeless meadows with mires, ponds and lakes on the Arctic shore. The many freshwater bodies create an area of high importance to birdlife, and many species breed and rest there. Some notable species are found in high densities such as the Arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus), black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) and Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica). The European otter (Lutra lutra) breeds at the Site. It is also important as a historical site: it has been inhabited for over 10,000 years. Archaeological remains include foundations of houses, grave sites, and remains of Sami turf huts and old stone fences. Increased tourism might cause some disturbance for breeding birds. The Site is used for research, and monitoring of bird populations is carried out by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research.

Administrative region: 
Troms and Finnmark

  • National legal designation: 
    • Nature Reserve - Slettnes
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