FS-062 Tjörnes & Kelduhverfi
Travel along Tjörnes peninsula to lakes, rivers and wetland areas in Kelduhverfi. Variety of places to stop and look at variety of birds.
The first stop is Bakkakrókur, near Húsavík, which is often teeming with waders like Purple Sandpiper, Dunlin, Red Knot and Ruddy Turnstone, particulary in spring (May through early June).
Going further along Tjörnes peninsula, we might make some stops. Tjörnes 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 behaviour. We will look for Great Cormorant on skerries and show a puffin colony.
Arriving to Kelduhverfi, we make a stop at the lagoon Lón. There can often be found interesting birds, mostly waders, gulls and ducks. King Eider is sometimes found with the Common Eider. Barrow‘s Goldeneye and the scarcer Common Goldeneye are often found here as well.
Next main place is the unique lake Víkingavatn (lake of Vikings). It is one of the richest wetlands found in Iceland, loaded with grebes and ducks. Red-necked Phalaropes can be found here.
Next is a rich wetland, Skjálftavatn, a large lake formed by a series of earthquakes 1976. The last interesting places in this tour is Ásbyrgi, a deep gorge formed by massive flooding of the glacier river Jökulsá á Fjöllum after the last Ice Age. A hike in Icelandic Birch woodland in Ásbyrgi will hopefully result in Icelandic Winter Wrens and Redpolls beside unique scenery.
From here we turn back, and might make some stops, depends on time and circumstances.
* This tour can also be organised with flight from Reykjavík.
Availability: May – August – on request, reservation required
Departure options: Akureyri, Húsavík, Mývatn
Departure time: After further agreement
Tour duration: Approx. 8 hours
Included: Fully guided private tour and transportation.
Note: From Akureyri to Húsavík are approx. 90 km.
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