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Watching birds Iceland
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Watching birds

Iceland is a paradise for bird lovers. The advantage of this attraction is that it is cheap. You will have fun if you are guided in your tour and you will easily get an ornithologist who will supplement these new discoveries with anecdotes. Actually, over 200 bird species fly over the island. Some nest here while others simply stopover for the season. Iceland is the highest reproduction site for seabirds: eiders, puffins, arctic terns, wading birds and sparrows...
Where do they hide?
In western Fjords in Latrabjarg, the biggest bird cliffs in the world, also offering an impressive sight of families of penguin. Puffins have taken the Vestmann islands hostage while ducks prefer Lake Myvatn and the jaegers nest in the sands south of Iceland. A splendid sight that takes you to another world of beauty.

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Watching birds

Watching birds , The Arctic tern , Iceland
The Arctic tern, Iceland

The Arctic tern is a great migrating bird that is able to travel thousands of miles a year.

© Justus de Cuveland / age fotostock
Watching birds , The Atlantic puffin , Iceland
The Atlantic puffin, Iceland

Capable of long periods of apnoea, the puffin may not be very at ease in the air but it certainly excels underwater.

© Wolfgang Handl / age fotostock
Watching birds , The common snipe , Iceland
The common snipe, Iceland

The common snipe is characterised by its very long and straight beak which enables it to trap its prey.

© Michael Nitzschke / age fotostock
Watching birds , Puffin in flight , Iceland
Puffin in flight, Iceland

The puffin spends the winter offshore, returning every year to nest on the coasts of northern Europe.

© Marten Dalfors / age fotostock
Watching birds , The whimbrel , Iceland
The whimbrel, Iceland

Very common in Iceland, the whimbrel squawks and circles around to protect its territory.

© Justus de Cuveland / age fotostock
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