The dock at Sklinna
European shag, one of many seabird species breeding at Sklinna
Beautiful sunset at Sklinna
The lighthouse at Sklinna
The dock at Sklinna
The dock at Sklinna


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    589 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    65°12'N 10°58'E
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Sklinna is a small archipelago which consists of several small islands with rocky shores, divided by shallow water. The main island in the archipelago is Heimøya. The archipelago as a whole is an important site for seabirds, especially in early summer. Sklinna is home to a large breeding population of European shag (Gulosus aristotelis) and up to 3,200 pairs have been recorded. The razorbill (Alca torda) and the vulnerable Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) breed in the area, and 100 pairs of the common eider (Somateria mollissima) were recorded in 2017. Since 2011, in contrast, the vulnerable black-legged kittwake (Rissa tridactyla) has not bred at the Site. The grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) uses the area for breeding and staging. Sklinna has a long history of traditional fishing. The Site is also part of a long-term monitoring and mapping programme for Norwegian seabirds since its establishment as a SEAbird POPulations (SEAPOP) key site in 2007 and a SEATRACK site in 2014. There is no public accommodation on the archipelago, but Sklinna is regularly visited by ornithologists during the autumn migration. During June and July the station is used for research and global monitoring.

Administrative region: 
Trøndelag County

  • National legal designation: 
    • Nature Reserve - Sklinna
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