December 2023 - current earthquake and volcanic activity in southwest Iceland make it very likely that this tour will require logistical changes, or be cancelled.

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 Atlantic Puffin and 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!

Top Birds

Atlantic Puffin; Thick-billed Murre (Brünnich’s Guillemot); Harlequin & Long-tailed Ducks; Barrow’s Goldeneyes; Red‐necked & Red Phalaropes; Purple Sandpiper; Gyr Falcon; Common Loon (Great Norther Diver); Whooper Swan; Snow Bunting; Razorbill; Black-legged Kittiwake; Glaucous & Iceland Gulls; 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 Whales; 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

7 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

mostly easy

Other Attractions

Lake Myvatn, Godafoss Waterfall, Gullfoss - the ‘Golden Waterfall’, Great Geysir and Strokkur Geysir, Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, Reykjanes Peninsula

Photographic Opportunities

good to excellent

Iceland - Land of Fire and Ice 2025

25 Jun 2025 - 02 Jul 2025 (8 days)

EUR3,595 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Paul Varney

Tour price (Per person): EUR3,595 * USD3,881 * GBP3,058 * AUD5,871

Single Supplement: EUR980 * USD1,058 * GBP834 * AUD1,600

Iceland - Land of Fire and Ice 2026

23 Jun 2026 - 30 Jun 2026 (8 days)

EUR3,700 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Robert Williams

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): EUR3,700 * USD3,995 * GBP3,147 * AUD6,043

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