“I can't imagine a better tour! Great guides, scenery, hotels, and birds.” ---former tour participant
Lying between the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, crisscrossed by glacial streams, volcanically active, dominated by dramatic lava fields, geysers, fjords, warmed by the Gulf Stream and chilled by Arctic winds, Iceland is a land like no other.
The spectacular birdlife has long figured in the folklore and history of the nation from the Whooper Swans thought to be the cause of the aurora borealis and the incarnation of Valkyries to the Rock Ptarmigan and the Gyrfalcon, once sisters in myth, separated by tragedy. The largest falcon on earth, the Gyrfalcon was the domain of queens and kings; the pure white morph a rare treasure trapped and traded to European royalty.
We'll explore the dramatic otherworldly beauty of the Icelandic coasts and countryside at the height of breeding season when millions of alcids and waterfowl cover the land—the cliffs, the shores, the meadows, and even the roads—often startlingly oblivious to human approach. You'll treasure close-up experiences with Redshanks, Eurasian Oystercatchers, and Arctic Terns. And always, always, we'll keep an eye to the sky for the two mighty raptors that rule the air there: the Gyrfalcon and the White-tailed Eagle.
This is a moderately active birding and wildlife watching tour that requires fairly lengthy drives on two days as we move between accommodations. We will travel in a comfortable minibus, with a professional driver and most entertaining and enjoyable local guide. We will have walks most days (sometimes up to three miles) which often involves rough tracks and uneven terrain. Of course, travelers can remain close to the bus during these walks if they prefer. Accommodations will be in simple but comfortable country hotels with private baths.
One of our most popular tours, call early to sign up!
Single supplement: $700.