Iceland is a magnificent aviary crossroads with species from both Europe and North America nesting here. In fact, it is one of the few places in Europe where the Barrow’s Goldeneye and the Harlequin Duck nest. However, two other birds are often mentioned when Iceland comes up amongst ‘twitchers’, namely: the Puffin and the Arctic Tern. Both these birds visit Iceland in huge numbers and some visitors are surprised to learn these, and many other fascinating birds, can be seen within an hour from Reykjavík. For less than $200 (140€) per person, we can provide an excellent naturalist-guided day-tour for bird-watchers that includes sea birds, songbirds, and upland species.
Iceland has three of the world’s largest colonies of cliff birds at Látrabjarg, Hælavíkubjarg and Hornbjarg, all in the West Fjords, where literally millions of birds congregate in amazing multi-tiered community. But if your time is limited, you can see many of these birds in cliffs and nature preserves closer to the capital. The country's coastline is a great place to look for shore birds, with its numerous inlets, beaches, estuaries, deltas and fjords. Some shore birds are easy to see, like oystercatchers, others are rather reclusive.
Among the largest birds in Iceland are the Whooper Swan, the Gannet, and the White-tailed Sea Eagle. In fact, our West Iceland Day Tour includes the option of a boat cruise of Breiðafjörður fjord, with an excellent chance of seeing the White-tailed Sea Eagle.
Visit Iceland in the summer, and f-stop Tours can soon put you up close to many of Iceland’s 75 nesting species.