Birdwatching Northeast Iceland Itinerary

There is one 3 nights package and two 5 nights packages.  One includes the same activities as the 3nights package but gives you more free time to spend either in the birdhides or for general nature exploring.  The 3 nights package includes ½ day use of the birdhides at Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum and both 5 nights packages include full day use of the birdhides at Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum.  For the Flatey Boat Trips the minimum is 6 passengers, due to this the plan might be rearranged this is only a suggestion.

3 Nights package includes

Day 1
Arrival to accommodation.   In the evening you enjoy a  guided tour by feet through the Eider Colony at Farm Bjorg and the birdlife by the sea-cliffs.  This tour takes about 3 hours and one can get really close to the Eiders and experience how they benefit from the protection supplied by the farmer.  We will also go and watch the vivid birdlife by the seacliffs.  In the area are also many species of f.i. seabirds, ducks and waders and up to 50-60 different species can be expected. 

Day 2
Myvatn – a paradise for birdwatchers, daytour by bus.
This daytour offers birdwatching with guide in the Lake Myvatn area.  And starts from Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum.
Lake Myvatn is a paradise for birdwatchers. This center of duck-production of Europe is simply loaded with birds, including many Barrow’s Goldeneyes and Harlequin Ducks. Typical list of birds will include 50-60 species, and most likely including Gyr Falcon.  Arriving to Myvatn area from Reykjadalur,  we will take a look at the lake Masvatn, where is good chance to see Great Northern Divers. We approach the river Laxa which comes from Myvatn. This uppermost part of the river is the prime habitat for Harlequin duck and Barrow´s Goldeneye in Iceland and can possible show Goosander.  We start the circle arround Myvatn and make a stop at Alftavogur  to search the flocks of ducks for scarcer visitors. Near Skutustadir are small lakes in extensive wetlands, which give chance for see many species of ducks, including Long-tailed Duck and the occasional Common Pochard.  We keep on arround the lake and make few stops to view birds as well as nice and picturesque scenery. The woodland park at Hofdi is great to have a walk, with views towards some unusual lava formation in the lake. Here are plenty of Common Redpoll, Redwing and Winter Wren, as well as ducks on the lake. From here to Reykjahlid village, we will look for dabbling ducks including Gadwall and the scarce Northern Shoveler.  At Neslandavik are often large flocks of Tufted Duck, Greater Scaup and Eurasian Wigeon. Here is also good for Common Scoter. It is also likely to yield scarce vagrants such as American Wigeon, Common Pochard and Ring-necked Duck. Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum is conveniently located by this bay, in one of the best birdwatching spot by Myvatn.  The last main place is called Alar, nearly as rich in bird as Neslandavik and likely to reveal scarces species.
This tour takes around 8 hours, lunchpack included.

Day 3
The morning is free-time and excellent to spend close to and in Town Husavik where there are f.i. The Whale Museum and The Cultural House of the area which houses several interesting exhibitions (not included).  It is also worthwhile to visit the Church of Husavik.
In the afternoon a boat trip, with the whale company Gentle Giants, to Flatey Island in bay Skjalfandi close to Husavik.  On the way to Flatey Island, one can experience the beautiful surroundings of Skjalfandi Bay.  Flatey Island was inhabited from 11th century but has been deserted since 1967 and is a natural haven for birdlife and is extremely rich and diverse.  This is a 4-5 hours trip including excursion in Flatey.  On the way whales are also frequently seen.  Flatey offers more than 30 different species of birds during the breeding season. 


Day 4
In the morning drive to The Lake Myvatn Area to visit Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum.   Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum is located close to Lake Myvatn.  During your stay in the area, you have an open pass to the museum, which has around 180 bird species for exhibition and three birdhides for birdwatching, for the birdhides reservation have to be made. Included is a half day use of the birdhides.  Meal is also included.  The Lake Myvatn area has probably the highest number of duck species in the world.  Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum also has a restaurant offering traditional refreshment like hotspring baked rye bread with smoked trout and flat bread with smoked lamb.  At 14:00 birders meet at the museum to share the days experience.

 

5 Nights package A

Day 1
Arrival to accommodation.


Day 2
Myvatn – a paradise for birdwatchers, daytour by bus.
This daytour offers birdwatching with guide in the Lake Myvatn area.  And starts from Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum.
Lake Myvatn is a paradise for birdwatchers. This center of duck-production of Europe is simply loaded with birds, including many Barrow’s Goldeneyes and Harlequin Ducks. Typical list of birds will include 50-60 species, and most likely including Gyr Falcon.  Arriving to Myvatn area from Reykjadalur,  we will take a look at the lake Masvatn, where is good chance to see Great Northern Divers. We approach the river Laxa which comes from Myvatn. This uppermost part of the river is the prime habitat for Harlequin duck and Barrow´s Goldeneye in Iceland and can possible show Goosander.  We start the circle arround Myvatn and make a stop at Alftavogur  to search the flocks of ducks for scarcer visitors. Near Skutustadir are small lakes in extensive wetlands, which give chance for see many species of ducks, including Long-tailed Duck and the occasional Common Pochard.  We keep on arround the lake and make few stops to view birds as well as nice and picturesque scenery. The woodland park at Hofdi is great to have a walk, with views towards some unusual lava formation in the lake. Here are plenty of Common Redpoll, Redwing and Winter Wren, as well as ducks on the lake. From here to Reykjahlid village, we will look for dabbling ducks including Gadwall and the scarce Northern Shoveler.  At Neslandavik are often large flocks of Tufted Duck, Greater Scaup and Eurasian Wigeon. Here is also good for Common Scoter. It is also likely to yield scarce vagrants such as American Wigeon, Common Pochard and Ring-necked Duck. Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum is conveniently located by this bay, in one of the best birdwatching spot by Myvatn.  The last main place is called Alar, nearly as rich in bird as Neslandavik and likely to reveal scarces species.
This tour takes around 8 hours, lunchpack included.


Day 3
The morning is free-time and excellent to spend close to and in Town Husavik where there are f.i. The Whale Museum and The Cultural House of the area which houses several interesting exhibitions (not included).  It is also worthwhile to visit the Church of Husavik.
In the afternoon a boat trip, with the whale company Gentle Giants, to Flatey Island in bay Skjalfandi close to Husavik.  On the way to Flatey Island, one can experience the beautiful surroundings of Skjalfandi Bay.  Flatey Island was inhabited from 11th century but has been deserted since 1967 and is a natural haven for birdlife and is extremely rich and diverse.  This is a 4-5 hours trip including excursion in Flatey.  On the way whales are also frequently seen.  Flatey offers more than 30 different species of birds during the breeding season. 

Day 4
Free day.  You can spend the day or part of it in the birdhide of Hotel Raudaskrida, go biking or hiking in the area (free bikes at the hotel) and enjoy the vivid birdlife of Adaldalur Valley along Salmon River Laxa.  Other ideas for the day are f.i. to go to the Lake Myvatn Area and visit many of the natural attractions, like Dimmuborgir (a spectacular lavafield), go hiking on Mt. Hverfjall which is a gigantic tephra crater approximately one kilometre in diameter and 140 metres deep, and was formed around 2500 years ago. This hikes takes about 2-3 hours.  Other interesting places are f.i. the Krafla Area where the latest eruption occured in 1975 – 1984.  In that area you can also see the great waterfilled crater Viti, visit the geothermal area of Namaskard, with hot mud pools and fumaroles, on the way and the Myvatn Nature Baths.  It is also an afternoon well spent to drive to Dettifoss waterfall the most powerful in Europe and the Asbyrgi Canyon Area.

Day 5
This day you can spend birdwatching in the birdhides of Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum close to Lake Myvatn.  During your stay in the area, you have an open pass to the museum, which has around 180 bird species for exhibition and three birdhides for birdwatching, for the birdhides reservation have to be made. Included is a full day use of the birdhides.  Meal is also included.  The Lake Myvatn area has probably the highest number of duck species in the world.  Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum also has a restaurant offering traditional refreshment like hotspring baked rye bread with smoked trout and flat bread with smoked lamb.  At 14:00 birders meet at the museum to share the days experience.

Day 6
Before noon you enjoy a  guided tour by feet through the Eider Colony at Farm Bjorg and the birdlife by the sea-cliffs.  This tour takes about 3 hours and one can get really close to the Eiders and experience how they benefit from the protection supplied by the farmer.  We will also go and watch the vivid birdlife by the seacliffs.  In the area are also many species of f.i. seabirds, ducks and waders and up to 50-60 different species can be expected. 

 

5 Nights package B

Day 1
Arrival to accommodation.   In the evening you enjoy a  guided tour by feet through the Eider Colony at Farm Bjorg and the birdlife by the sea-cliffs.  This tour takes about 3 hours and one can get really close to the Eiders and experience how they benefit from the protection supplied by the farmer.  We will also go and watch the vivid birdlife by the seacliffs.  In the area are also many species of f.i. seabirds, ducks and waders and up to 50-60 different species can be expected. 


Day 2
Myvatn – a paradise for birdwatchers, daytour by bus.
This daytour offers birdwatching with guide in the Lake Myvatn area.  And starts from Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum.
Lake Myvatn is a paradise for birdwatchers. This center of duck-production of Europe is simply loaded with birds, including many Barrow’s Goldeneyes and Harlequin Ducks. Typical list of birds will include 50-60 species, and most likely including Gyr Falcon.  Arriving to Myvatn area from Reykjadalur,  we will take a look at the lake Masvatn, where is good chance to see Great Northern Divers. We approach the river Laxa which comes from Myvatn. This uppermost part of the river is the prime habitat for Harlequin duck and Barrow´s Goldeneye in Iceland a nd can possible show Goosander.  We start the circle arround Myvatn and make a stop at Alftavogur  to search the flocks of ducks for scarcer visitors. Near Skutustadir are small lakes in extensive wetlands, which give chance for see many species of ducks, including Long-tailed Duck and the occasional Common Pochard.  We keep on arround the lake and make few stops to view birds as well as nice and picturesque scenery. The woodland park at Hofdi is great to have a walk, with views towards some unusual lava formation in the lake. Here are plenty of Common Redpoll, Redwing and Winter Wren, as well as ducks on the lake. From here to Reykjahlid village, we will look for dabbling ducks including Gadwall and the scarce Northern Shoveler.  At Neslandavik are often large flocks of Tufted Duck, Greater Scaup and Eurasian Wigeon. Here is also good for Common Scoter. It is also likely to yield scarce vagrants such as American Wigeon, Common Pochard and Ring-necked Duck. Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum is conveniently located by this bay, in one of the best birdwatching spot by Myvatn.  The last main place is called Alar, nearly as rich in bird as Neslandavik and likely to reveal scarces species.
This tour takes around 8 hours, lunchpack included.


Day 3
The morning is free-time and excellent to spend close to and in Town Husavik where there are f.i. The Whale Museum and The Cultural House of the area which houses several interesting exhibitions (not included).  It is also worthwhile to visit the Church of Husavik.
In the afternoon a boat trip, with the whale company Gentle Giants, to Flatey Island in bay Skjalfandi close to Husavik.  On the way to Flatey Island, one can experience the beautiful surroundings of Skjalfandi Bay.  Flatey Island was inhabited from 11th century but has been deserted since 1967 and is a natural haven for birdlife and is extremely rich and diverse.  This is a 4-5 hours trip including excursion in Flatey.  On the way whales are also frequently seen.  Flatey offers more than 30 different species of birds during the breeding season. 


Day 4
This day you can spend birdwatching in the birdhides of Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum close to Lake Myvatn.  During your stay in the area, you have an open pass to the museum, which has around 180 bird species for exhibition and three birdhides for birdwatching, for the birdhides reservation have to be made. Included is a one full day use of the birdhides.  Meal is also included.  The Lake Myvatn area has probably the highest number of duck species in the world.  Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum also has a restaurant offering traditional refreshment like hotspring baked rye bread with smoked trout and flat bread with smoked lamb.  At 14:00 birders meet at the museum to share the days experience.
It´s also ideal to visit many of the natural attractions in the area, like Dimmuborgir (a spectacular lavafield), go hiking on Mt. Hverfjall which is a gigantic tephra crater approximately one kilometre in diameter and 140 metres deep, and was formed around 2500 years ago. This hikes takes about 2-3 hours.  Other interesting places are f.i. the Krafla Area and the Myvatn Nature Baths.  It is also time well spent to drive to Dettifoss waterfall the most powerful in Europe and Asbyrgi Canyon Area.


Day 5
Tjornes – Kelduhverfi Daytour
Guided Travel by bus along Tjornes peninsula to lakes, rivers and wetland areas in Kelduhverfi. Variety of places to stop and look at variety of birds.  The first stop is Bakkakrokur, near Husavik, 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 Tjornes peninsula, we might make some stops. Tjornes 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 Lon. 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 Vikingavatn (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 place is a rich wetland, Skjalftavatn, a large lake formed by a series of earthquakes 1976. The last interesting places in this tour is Asbyrgi, a deep gorge formed by massive flooding of the glacier river Jokulsa a Fjollum after the last Ice Age.  A hike in Icelandic Birch woodland in Asbyrgi will hopefully result in Icelandic Winter Wrens and Redpolls beside unique scenery.  This tour takes about 8 hours, lunchpack included.


Day 6
Drive to town Husavik and enjoy a one hour RHIB(rigid hulled inflatable boat) trip til Lundey Island (Puffin Island) to see one of the largest puffin colonies in Iceland. This island is only 4,5 nautical miles from Húsavík harbour and the Gentle Giant´s fast RHIB will take you there in only a few minutes.  Puffin Island reaches 34 m above sea level, and is around 200 m in length and 100 m wide. During the breeding season around 300.000 puffins can be found there; close to the rich feeding grounds in the sea around.

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All photographs on this page were taken by Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson

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