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Sula – the bird paradise in Trøndelag


Sula is an island community in Frøya muncipality in Trøndelag, mainly located on the island Store Sula, approximately 15 kilometers northwest of the island Frøya.


Sula was formerly an important fishing community. In 1960 Sula inhabited almost 500 people, but the island community has experienced a significant depopulation during the last 30 years. Today, approximately 40 people has permanent residence on the island, but it has an increased population during the summer months.


May 1st 2006 marked the opening of the ferry connection from Dyrøy to Mausund, Bogøyvær and Sula. 


With its location west in Trøndelag and far out in the sea, Sula has become a hotspot for birdwatchers - especially during migration in spring and autumn.


In addition to good numbers of the common coastal bound birds, Sula has attracted wide attention in regard to the rarities showing up on the island.  


Sula has two first records of bird species in Norway – both during the autumn: Eastern Orphean Warbler in 2004 and Taiga Flycatcher in 2019.


The checklist of rarities observed on Sula is long: Cory's Shearwater, Sabine's Gull, European Bee-eater, Eurasian Hoopoe, Greater Short-toed Lark, Richard's Pipit, Olive-backed Pipit, Pechora Pipit, Citrine Wagtail, Thrush Nightingale, Red-flanked Bluetail, Black Redstart, Eastern Stonechat, White's Thrush, Barred Warbler, Western Subalpine Warbler, Common Grasshopper Warbler, Eurasian Reed Warbler, Western Bonelli's Warbler, Dusky Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Hume's Leaf Warbler, Pallas's Leaf Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Woodchat Shrike, Rose-coloured Starling, European Golden Oriole, Ortolan Bunting, Little Bunting and Rustic Bunting.


If you want to visit Sula by car - you drive to Dyrøy and take the ferry Dyrøya - Lomsøya


It is also possible to travel to Sula with public corresponding transport from Trondheim: Speed ferry from Trondheim to Sandstad, then bus from Sandstad to Dyrøy, and then the ferry towards Sula. Ferry routes can be found on ATB.no.






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Last update: 05.10.2020

Photo: Terje O. Nordvik