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!
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."
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
I would like to express great appreciation for our tour leader, who went the extra mile on our behalf.
We were extremely lucky to have such amazing weather on this trip, enabling us to appreciate the stunning scenery. We had great views of the Northern Lights. Marcus [our tour leader] managed to take us to lots of interesting sights, and still find time for coffee and cake stops covering the needs of everyone on the trip! The itinerary was excellent - Iceland is a wonderful country and we would like to return on another trip someday.
Malcolm Stott, our guide, was excellent. His in-depth knowledge and his passion and enthusiasm showed throughout the whole holiday. His vast experience in visiting Iceland for many years has certainly helped in producing a great package for those who enjoy the wildlife or the geology or the landscape. I would recommend Malcolm as a leader to anyone. Well done Naturetrek for an excellent and interesting trip!