Old Sami stone formation
Lake and meadow in Slettnes


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    1,230 ha
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    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. A number of “fossil” and elevated shorelines several kilometres in length characterize the landscape. The many freshwater bodies create an area of high importance to birdlife, with many species breeding and resting there; it is important across Scandinavia as a breeding area for waders. More than 100 bird species have been recorded, some in unusually high densities, with for example colonies of some 300 pairs of Arctic skua Stercorarius parasiticus. Otters also breed at the Site. In addition to the Site’s importance for birdlife, it has also some importance 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. The Site is used for research, and for tourism which may cause some disturbance for breeding birds. There is a nature trail and information boards.

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    • Nature Reserve - Slettnes
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