The cape forms the eastern point of the island of Rügen and the district of Vorpommern-Rügen. The roughly 1,500-metre-long headland has the shape of an isosceles triangle, which ends in a roughly 20-metre-high wooded cliff at its tip. The Nordperd has been protected by coastal defence measures and is thus relatively unaffected by the normal active processes of a graded shoreline.
The Nordperd section of the Mönchgut Nature Reserve has an area of 69 hectares. Its terrain typically consists of dry grasslands, sycamore-ash woods on the cliff slopes and beaches and shallow waterbodies.
The northern section of beach, with a spa promenade at the Baltic Sea coastal resort Göhren, is separated by Cape Nordperd from the beach at Göhren running southwards.
The counterpart to the Nordperd is the Südperd, the southeast tip of Rügen in the municipality of Thiessow. Between the Nordperd and the Südperd, 11 kilometres away, are the flat sandy beaches of the Mönchgut peninsula, interrrupted by the 15-metre-high cliff at Lobber Ort.
- Biotope sheet Trockenrasen NSG Bakenberg, Göhren (pdf)
- Biotope sheet Kliff im NSG "Nordperd" (pdf)
- Biotope sheet Aktives Kliff nördlich NSG "Nordperd" (pdf)