This is a coastline with steep cliffs and several rocky pillars, plunging 200 m into the sea from a montane plateau. About 250 ha of the IBA area is sea, the rest is land. Four salmon fisheries (aquaculture) are situated in the area.
Together with Hjelmsøya, these cliffs support the largest, most varied and most important seabird colonies in Finnmark. This is the largest colony in Norway of Uria aalge (formerly 12,000 pairs in 1985 but had declined to 2,500 pairs by 1997). Good numbers of seaduck occur offshore in winter.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Syltefjordstauran. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/01/2021.