Overview

Lying far out into the North Atlantic Ocean, the volcanic island of Iceland is the land between two continents; a land of fire and ice with its Viking heritage. While Iceland doesn’t have a long list of breeding birds, those that do occur are in many cases abundant, with globally important populations of waders, wildfowl and seabirds. In fact, its towering cliffs are among the largest seabird colonies on the planet, with five species of breeding auk, including Thick-billed Murre (Brünnich’s Guillemot), while the numerous lakes and wetlands are teeming with an array of divers, ducks and waders, such as Harlequin Duck, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Red‐necked Phalarope and Purple Sandpiper. Top of many people’s wish list is the world’s mightiest falcon, Gyr Falcon, and Iceland has a healthy population of this supreme predator. As a backdrop to all this there is also the country itself, with its volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers, spouting geysers, mud pools, dramatic coasts and black sand beaches making for spectacular and other-worldly scenery at every turn!

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Thick-billed Murre (Brünnich’s Guillemot), Harlequin & Long-tailed Duck, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Red‐necked & Grey Phalarope, Purple Sandpiper, Gyr Falcon, Great Norther Diver, Whooper Swan, Snow Bunting, Razorbill, Black-legged Kittiwake, Glaucous & Iceland Gull, Rock Ptarmigan, Pink-footed Goose, European Golden Plover, Red-breasted Merganser, Horned (Slavonian) Grebe and Short-eared Owl.
Top Mammals
White‐beaked Dolphin, Minke, Killer, Humpback or even Blue Whale, Arctic Fox
Habitats Covered
tundra, coast, pelagic, lagoons, wetlands, lakes, volcanic landscapes, rivers
Expected Climate
day time temperatures average between 16 - 20ºC, while coastal wind and evenings are cooler
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
relaxed, with some long days (due to Iceland's latitude and the time of year, daylight is almost 24hrs a day)
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
easy
Other Attractions
Lake Myvatn, Godafoss Waterfall, Hvitá River, Gullfoss - the ‘Golden Waterfall’, Great Geysir and Strokkur Geysir, Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, Reykjanes Peninsula
Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent
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The game drives were fantastic, André’s knowledge and attention to detail could certainly be used as the benchmark for all lodges. We were often stopping to wipe away the tears of laughter and the times spent on the drives with André will certainly be remembered. Hats off to you André, you really made our trip!!!

The tour was very enjoyable and interesting. Doug McCulloch's knowledge of his subject was encyclopaedic, and was as keen as mustard to share it and find us lots of birds.

Adam Walleyn did a fantastic job organising the rest of the tour when Erik had to leave due to illness. I really appreciated his hard work and determination; for example: even though he had never been to Samoa before, his logistical work enabled us to get great views of some very difficult and unexpected species (Samoan Triller, Blue-grey Noddy).

The ability of our guide, Rich Lindie, to locate the birds from the faintest movement or call under difficult and trying conditions was outstanding.

J

André our game ranger for the third time once again is impeccable! His eyesight is actually too good for words!

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