Birding Trail - North Iceland
3 days (3 nights)
Visit some of Iceland's best bird watching spots including Lake Mývatn with its numerous duck species and other spectacular attractions including eider and puffin colonies.
Day 1 - Arrival Goðafoss waterfall – Lake Vestmannsvatn – River Laxá
On the arrival day we do a small ring tour after settling in at the hotel. We start visiting Goðafoss Waterfall and then to Lake Vestmannsvatn and River Laxá. During this tour we can expect to see several duck species, Great Northern Diver, Red-throated Diver, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Phalarope amongst many other species.
In the evening we arrive back to the hotel for dinner and you can relax in the geothermal hot tubs or do a evening walk in the hotel-surroundings where you find lots of Black-tailed Godwits, Golden Plovers, Whimbrels, Common Snipes and most likely Ptarmigans and other birds.
Day 2 - Tjörnes Peninsula and Whale watching Tour
After breakfast we head for a guided tour to Tjörnes peninsula Variety of places to stop and look at variety of birds.
The first stop is Bakkakrokur, near Husavik, which is often teeming with waders like Purple Sandpiper, Dunlin, Red Knot and Ruddy Turnstone, particularly in spring (May through early June). Going further along Tjornes peninsula, we might make some stops. Tjornes is known for its particularly dense population of Rock Ptarmigan, but unfortunately they can be hard to find after mid June due to their secretive behavior. We will look for Great Cormorant on skerries and show a puffin colony.
In the afternoon a whale watching tour with a traditional oak boat (about 3 hrs). Most common whales in Skjálfandi bay are Humpbacks, Minke Whale, White-beaked Dolphins and Harbor Porpoises, but also regular guests are Killer Whales and Blue Whale and occasionally Sperm Whale, Fin Whale and others.
After the whale watching tour we head back to the hotel.
Day 3 - Lake Myvatn Area – a paradise for birdwatchers
Lake Myvatn is a paradise for birdwatchers. This center of duck-production of Europe is simply loaded with birds, including many Barrow’s Goldeneyes and Harlequin Ducks. Typical list of birds will include 50-60 species, and most likely including Gyr Falcon.
Arriving to Myvatn area from Reykjadalur, we will take a look at the lake Masvatn, where is good chance to see Great Northern Divers. We approach the river Laxa which comes from Myvatn. This uppermost part of the river is the prime habitat for Harlequin duck and Barrow´s Goldeneye in Iceland and can possible show Goosander. We start the circle arround Myvatn and make a stop at Alftavogur to search the flocks of ducks for scarcer visitors. Near Skutustadir are small lakes in extensive wetlands, which give chance for see many species of ducks, including Long-tailed Duck and the occasional Common Pochard.
We keep on arround the lake and make few stops to view birds as well as nice and picturesque scenery. The woodland park at Hofdi is great to have a walk, with views towards some unusual lava formation in the lake. Here are plenty of Common Redpoll, Redwing and Winter Wren, as well as ducks on the lake.
From here to Reykjahlid village, we will look for dabbling ducks including Gadwall and the scarce Northern Shoveler. At Neslandavik are often large flocks of Tufted Duck, Greater Scaup and Eurasian Wigeon. Here is also good for Common Scoter. It is also likely to yield scarce vagrants such as American Wigeon, Common Pochard and Ring-necked Duck.
Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum is conveniently located by this bay, in one of the best birdwatching spot by Myvatn. The last main place is called Alar, nearly as rich in bird as Neslandavik and likely to reveal scarces species.
Day 4 - Departure
After breakfast it´s time to pack, take a final look at the Moorlandbirds around the hotel and say goodbye.
*Accommodation for 3 nights is in Hotel Raudaskrida.
Availability: May & June 2016. Other departures on request. Reservation required.
Tour duration: 3 days / 3 nights
3 nights' accommodation at Hotel Rauðaskriða
Fjallasyn: 3 day bird watching program
Gentle Giants: Flatey Island Boat Tour (min 6 persons for trip)
Admission to whale watching
Admission to Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum
Lunch pack for two days
Visit the Whale Museum and Culture House in Húsavík
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