Alkefjellet is a cliff in Lomfjordhalvøya in Ny-Friesland at Spitsbergen, Svalbard ( 79 deg N). Alkefjellet is a several kilometer long, steep cliff with hundred thousands of Brunich’s guillemots. Vertical rock cliff, up to a good one hundred metres high, with spectacular columnar structures ( polygonal basaltic structures from Jurassic period). The interior of the land area is almost completely covered by the smaller ice cap Odinjøkulen, that has several smaller glaciers. Thousands upon thousands of Brünnich's Guillemots (Uria lomvia) fill the sky alongside the cliffs of Alkefjellet where over a quarter of a million birds nest during the Arctic summer months.The Brünnich’s guillemot is one of the most numerous seabirds in the northern hemisphere. It has a high latitude circumpolar distribution in arctic and sub-arctic seas between 46 ºN and 82 ºN. In the northeast Atlantic, it breeds from Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya.
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