FS-064 Birding Capital of Iceland (3 days)
1st day: Drive from Húsavík through Tjörnes peninsula and Kelduhverfi out to Melrakkaslétta. Searched for birds on the way through this wonderful area and the day should yield more than 60 species of birds. A stop at Tjörnes will show a prospecting Puffin colony. Another stop at Víkingavatn in Kelduhverfi would present the group to extremely rich wetlands with many grebes and ducks. A hike in Icelandic Birch woodland in Ásbyrgi would hopefully result in Icelandic Winter Wrens and Redpolls beside the unique scenery. Several stopovers at Melrakkaslétta from Kópasker to Raufarhöfn will add interesting birds all the way. Even possible a Gyr Falcon. Melrakkaslétta never ceases to surprise birdwatchers with rarities. Accomodation in Raufarhöfn.
2nd day: A drive from Raufarhöfn to the bird-cliffs at Skoruvíkurbjarg on Langanes. Skoruvíkurbjarg is one of the best places in Iceland to see Guillemots at nesting site. The cliffs at Langanes hosts hundreds of thousands of the auks and guillemots of Iceland, including the uncommon Brunnich’s Guillemot. A fine colony of Northern Gannets is also at Skoruvíkurbjarg. Several stops on the drive to and from Langanes will certainly find interesting birds. Accomodation at Ytra Lón on Langanes.
3rd day: A drive from Ytra Lón to Mývatn, crossing Melrakkaslétta and along Jökulsá River to Mývatn. A few stops in the National Park for scenery, including a stop at the mightiest waterfall of Europe, Dettifoss. Hopefully we will see some of the nesting Pink-footed Geese of the highlands before arriving at Lake Mývatn. A possible stop at Krafla/Leirhnjúkur to see active geothermal area with some of the freshest lava found in Iceland. Short birdwathcing at Lake Mývatn will yield specialities such as Barrow’s Goldeneyes and Harlequin Ducks.
This three day trip will probably yield between 70 and 75 species of birds. Brunnich’s Guillemots, Barrow’s Goldeneyes and Harlequins will be seen. We can likely see Gyr Falcon on the way. Most likely some surprise birds will be found in the trip, to name some quite likely would be American Wigeon and King Eider.
Availability: As private tour or for groups, on request in May/June
Tour duration: 3 days
Included: transportation, guide service, accommodation (2 nights), and meals.
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