Go north for your next adventure! On this exciting Iceland birding tour, experience geysers, grand waterfalls, glaciers, mountains, meadows and seacoasts as we visit birding hotspots and iconic landscapes.
Lying in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, the stunning island country of Iceland has long beckoned to travelers and birdwatchers alike. With ancient Nordic history and sagas that come to life, it’s easy to immerse in dramatic green vistas, glaciers, waterfalls, Laval fields, rainbows, and dramatic mountain ranges. The birds of Iceland are equally dramatic, home to special like Rock Ptarmigan and Snow Bunting and boasting thousands of breeding alcids and waterfowl. We watch for Gyrfalcon near nesting colonies—Iceland’s national bird.
- Spend two days exploring the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, taking in dramatic scenery and bountiful nesting colonies
- Ferry to Flatey Island to see massive seabird nesting colonies that include Atlantic Puffins! We whale watch en route
- Bird Lake Myvatn, one of the most important breeding locations for waterfowl in all of Europe
- Visit Hrísey Island and walk the trails, on the lookout for Black-tailed Godwit, Snow Bunting, Meadow Pipit, and Rock Ptarmigan
- Soak in a natural hot pool at Hveravellir, a pleasant break on one of our travel days
- Spend a day exploring Pingvellir National Park, where geology, ornithology, botany, and history come together
- Ferry to the Westman Islands to see massive Atlantic Puffin colonies; we also watch for Northern Gannet and Manx Shearwater
Photo credits: Banner: Atlantic Puffin by Greg Smith; Red-throated Loon by Greg Smith; Juvenile Gyrafalcon by Peg Abbott; Merlin by Greg Smith; Orca by Greg Smith; Golden Plover, by Daniel Bergmann; Jokulsarlon, by Daniel Bergmann; Myvatn, by Daniel Bergmann; Red-necked Phalarope, by Daniel Bergmann; Black Guillemot, by Daniel Bergmann; Common Eider, by Daniel Bergmann; Godafoos, by Daniel Bergmann; Jokulsarlon, by Daniel Bergmann; Puffin, by Daniel Bergmann; Short-eared Owl, by Daniel Bergmann; Snow Bunting, by Daniel Bergmann;