What to Expect from a Guided Bird Watching Tour in Iceland?
Iceland is considered as one of the best birdwatching destinations because of its stunning landscape. The country’s location and landscape has made it a wonderful nesting spot, large breeding grounds for several bird species. This has made Iceland as a bird-watcher’s paradise.
Best Time to Visit Iceland for enjoying a Spectacular Birdwatching Trip:
In Iceland, the best time to enjoy an excellent birdwatching is from mid May to mid June. During this time, you can opt for an exciting birding trip to Iceland to get an opportunity to witness around 70 -80 bird species. From mid May to mid June, you will spot the birds easily in 24 hour daylight and around the clock. You must remember that the worst time to visit Iceland for a birdwatching trip is late November to January.
The wetlands of Iceland are found to be a conducive habitat for many species of birds. Iceland’s Svarfadardalur Valley, the islets (at the mouth of Eyjafjarðará River), Lake Mývatn (in the North of Iceland) and Laxá River are some of the popular bird watching destinations.
Here are the best birds of Iceland, which you can spot on a guided birdwatching tour:
1. Red-throated Diver (Gavia Stellata):
This bird is a common breeder and easily spotted or heard in the Spring and summer. The Red- throated Diver breeds across the country such as in the Floi area (of southern Iceland), Mýrar (in western Iceland), Hérad (in eastern Iceland) and Öræfi (in south-east Iceland). In mid-winters these birds are found (1,000–2,000 pairs) in the harbors of Reykjavík and Hafnarfjörður.
2. Great Northern Diver (Gavia Immer):
The Great Northern Diver is one of the three bird species, which has its only regular European breeding site in Iceland. This type of bird is known as the partial migrants and are found in Þingvallavatn (SW), Arnarvatnsheiði (N), Mývatn (NE) and Veiðivötn (S).
3. The Horned Grebe (Podiceps Auritus):
The Horned Grebe is Iceland’s only grebe, which is commonly found in summer at places like Myvatn (NE) and at the southern edge of the Snæfellsnes peninsula
. In winter, you will be hardly spot but can be encountered at Iceland’s Hvalfjörður near Reykjavík.
4. Manx Shearwater (Puffinus Puffinus):
The Manx Shearwater is a pelagic species that only breeds in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago off southern Iceland. You can spot these birds easily from the village of Garður in SW Iceland between late April and September.
5. Pink-Footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus):
In mid-April, you will get an opportunity to spot the pink-footed geese form the UK at the lowland areas of Iceland. Some of these bird species are also found at the central highlands of Iceland. The good areas to see groups on passage are like the southern plains, Skagafjörður (in the north and the south-east between Skaftafell and Höfn).
Birdwatching is truly a most popular activity in Iceland, which you can enjoy to the fullest by opting for a well planned tour from a reputable tour operator. In this case, you can consider of booking a customized birdwatching tour in Iceland from Icedaytours. As a licensed and experienced tour operators in Iceland, we will organize an exciting birdwatching tour for you by keeping in mind your budget and requirement. Please feel free to contact us today at email@example.com for more information or You can stay connected with us on our facebook , and google+ pages .