Birding

Located between 63-66° North, at the edge of the Atlantic and the Glacial Ocean, halfway between Europe and America, at the crossroads of the major east-west and north-south migration routes, Iceland is undoubtedly the paradise of the winged fauna. Species from both continents as well as arctic species coexist. Some cliffs experience a real housing crisis, while heaths and meadows are invaded by innumerable waders.

Liste des oiseaux Islandais

If you are a bird watcher or wildlife photographer, Fjallabak can assist you with a self-drive journey, tell you which are the most interesting spots, the ideal times…

Also be aware that some of our non-bird-watching trekking passes through regions that are full of birds.

This year Philippe Patay himself, founder of Fjallabak, is supposed to lead a two-week long bird trip to the far-off North West Peninsula in June, but because of coronavirus we do not know today (April 20, 2020) if our bird trips will leave next June. The birds that currently arrive in Iceland by the thousands will have a great period of tranquility this year for their breeding season and for nesting. We can rejoice in this, even if it is very frustrating for all of us.

But we are thinking of next year 2021 and already we will be offering few departures:

  • A departure in mid-April 2021 for the spectacular arrival of the largest anatidae coming from Scotland and the west coast of Europe which arises by the thousands on the meadows: Whooper Swans, Greylag Geese, Short-billed Geese, Barnacle Geese and Brent goose.
  • Another departure in May 2021 to see the colonies of common eiders on the Northern coast and many other ducks species…at a time when males are still in breeding plumage
  • A trip in June 2021 recapitulating that of 2020 in the North West fjords
  • A trip in July which will take us to the seabird colonnies during the feeding period.