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Wildlife holidays in Iceland

Tell me about Iceland …

Slightly smaller than England, slightly larger than Scotland, Iceland holds a population of just 250,000 people. When you consider that over half of these live in the south-west corner of the country, you get some idea of the population density.

Nearly all of Iceland lies south of the Arctic Circle – just!

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Our Iceland specialist recommends...

"For a spring tour then our 9-day holiday ‘Iceland’ is perfect, enjoy the dramatic, volcanic scenery as we search for breeding birds. Our ‘Iceland – Northern Lights & Winter Wildlife’ tour is a 5-day winter break to west Iceland to search for cetaceans and the Aurora Borealis."

Kerrie Porteous
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Whats special about the wildlife?

Iceland lies at an avian crossroads – the meeting place of Palearctic and Nearctic faunal regions.

Here we find the most westerly breeding grounds of both Wigeon and Pied Wagtail, and the most easterly breeding populations of Great Northern Diver, Harlequin Duck and Barrows Goldeneye.

The variety of the islands bird life may not be great, but many species are very much tamer here than elsewhere in Europe and the sheer quality of Icelands northern specialities has long attracted visiting ornithologists.

Mammals too, though few, include a wide variety of cetaceans – though not all are easy to see – together with the occasional Arctic Fox.

Naturetrek tours to Iceland

Naturetreks wildlife holidays to Iceland search for birds, whales and other mammals among the dramatic scenery in this wild and beautiful land. Theres also a chance to see the Northern Lights.

What might I see?

  • Waterfowl such as Harlequin Duck, Long-tailed Duck, Red-breasted Merganser & Barrows Goldeneye
  • Other special Arctic birds such as Gyr Falcon & Red-necked Phalarope
  • Cetaceans including Minke Whales & dolphins
  • Geothermal landforms such as the hot springs at Gullfoss, & a chance to stand astride the mid-Atlantic ridge

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Iceland HOLIDAYS

We enjoyed the variety of the days and the enthusiasm of Marcus [our tour leader]. He had researched the tour and worked hard to make sure every day catered for all interests. He was flexible in his approach and he read the group’s interests extremely well. Iceland is an amazing country with both nature and geology to enthral, and we had an excellent introduction to it all.

J.P.
Kent
Iceland

The hotels were all good, in different ways, but best of all were the situations & being able to walk from the hotel for early morning/late evening birdwatching/enjoying the scenery was great. Lunches were excellent, very generous & varied - Sinclair did an excellent job there. He was also extremely interesting, telling us all the background information about Iceland, its history, wildlife, birds. We got far more from the trip than if we had hired a car and driven around on our own. Altogether a very interesting and happy trip, including for my daughter who wanted to wild places, but was scared of the emphasis on birdwatching.
Many waders in summer plumage were a pleasure to see. We enjoyed the whale watching trip and the scenery was fantastic. A trip we would like to do again.