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Iceland ringroad 6th-13th August 2011

  • By not sleeping very much and making sure we had a longer (two night) stopover at what was far and away the best area in Iceland for breeding birds (Myvatn), I found it perfectly possible to locate and indulge in almost all of Iceland’s summer birds on this week-long trip...Oscar Campbell reports

Iceland 10th-14th July 09

  • Arriving at the seabird breeding cliffs just to the West of Aranstapi we soon caught a whiff of the guano and after a little searching located 12 breeding Brunnich's Guillemots with chicks...Mark Easterbrook reports.

Iceland May 2009

  • A report of a days bird watching in the South of the Island by Jan Landsverke.

Iceland 13th-16th February 2009

  • I caught up with a juvenile Gyr Falcon from Road Number 1 around 5km west of Eyvindarholar, 46km west of Vik.  This was on the coastal plains bordered by huge cliffs with literally thousands of  Fulmar wheeling around...Matt Andrews reports.

Glaucous Gull

Iceland - fire, water and....birds! 9th-22nd July 2005

  • We saw 72 bird species. No white-tailed Eagles, Grey Phalaropes or Snowy Owls but all the other target species such as Great northern Diver, Harlequin Duck, Barrow's Goldeneye, Pink-footed Goose, Gyrfalcon, Brunnich's Guillemot, with an unexpected American Wigeon as a bonus...Lutz Lücker reports.

Harlequin duck

Reykjavik and south-west Iceland 16th-22nd March 2005

  • This was planned as a trip to try and see three new birds for my Western Palearctic list, namely Barrow's Goldeneye, Harlequin Duck and Gyr Falcon, the last of which would be a 'lifer'. Going in March enabled me to hpefully see all three in the Reykjavik area...Steve Lister reports.

Iceland Summer 2000

  • Even before our plane has landed, Arctic Terns are spotted. Next day we set sail across Breidafjördur bound for the island of Flatey. During the voyage we spot a Minke Whale beside the thousands of busy Fulmars, Puffins and Arctic Terns. Pulling into a small rocky islet we enjoy close views of 16 Common Seals and a resting group of some 20 Knot, still in nice red breeding plumage....Chris and Alison Hall report.


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Some Useful bird books for Iceland:
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Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from or

  • Described by some as the best field guide in the world, and 15 years in the making. Has it been Worth the Wait?...Yes definately! If you buy just 1 book a year then make sure that its this one. Stunning drawings by the worlds finest bird illustrators..and it shows..check out the plates on tern, Skuas, and the Ducks...not forgetting the Finches and Crossbills.

Field Guide to the Birds of the Atlantic Islands: Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores, Cape Verde
Tony Clarke: Buy from or

  • Long awaited. This excellent guide is the first to deal exclusively with the birds of this spectacular region. It covers all resident, migrant and vagrant species found in Macaronesia which comprises the Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores and Cape Verde. This has to be the field guide of choice for anyone visiting the islands. The status notes on all the birds are particulary welcome.

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Iceland (Lonely Planet Country & Regional Guides)
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  • Lonely Planet visit Iceland and Reykjavik


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