• Fly from London to Keflavik. If time permits we will do some seawatching on the way to our guesthouse in Hveragerði, located on the flanks of the mid-Atlantic Ridge in Southern Iceland.
    • Accommodation: Hveragerði, 1-night including dinner and breakfast.
    • This morning we take the ferry to the island of Heimaey in the Westman Islands, an archipelago of volcanic islands lying off the south coast of Iceland . The following day we spend a full day on the Westman Islands with many opportunities for close encounters with puffins and other seabirds of these magnificent islands. There’s also the chance to take a boat trip around the islands (optional, cost around £35, payable locally).
    • Accommodation: Westman Islands, 2-nights on full board basis.
    • Today is a travelling day as we catch the morning ferry from Heimaey for the half hour crossing to the mainland. Our route, with lots of birding and botanising stops on the way, takes us past the hot springs and geysers of Geysir, the magnificent falls of Gullfoss, the rift valley and historical sites of Þingvellir, the splendid fjord at Hvalfjörður and then across the wonderful countryside of West Iceland before reaching Snæfellsnes.
    • Accommodation: Snæfellsnes, 1-night on full board basis.
    • We have a gorgeous day of exploration today, starting when we leave the small harbour at Stykkishólmur to cruise across the calm waters of Breiðafjörður. We will spend some time on the lovely island of Flatley before continuing across the fjord to Brjánslaekur and our guesthouse nearby.
    • Accommodation: Flókalundur, 1-night on full board basis.
    • A leisurely drive takes us to the spectacular bird cliffs of Látrabjarg, one of the special places of Iceland. The soaring cliffs are home to thousands of breeding auks and kittiwakes, whilst the grass sward on top is packed with nesting puffins.
    • Guesthouse Flókalundur, 1-night on full board basis.
    • It’s a gentle day’s journey across the lovely landscapes of west Iceland as we head south.During the picturesque drive, there are good chances of seeing Arctic skuas chasing Arctic terns, grfalcons preying on ptarmigans and wheatears feeding on insects.
    • Accommodation: Reykjavík, 1-night on full board basis.
    • There’s time for a quick tour of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík and a farewell encounter with the many puffins offshore before your return flight leaves in the late afternoon.
    • Alternatively why not join our special Grímsey Island weekend?
    • Enjoy a quick tour of Iceland’s capital and see something of its wildlife before continuing on to Grímsey Island via Akureyri.
    • Accommodation: Grímsey, 2-nights on full board basis.
    • Grimsey is the only part of Iceland that touches the Arctic Circle and is home to countless thousands of puffins and other seabirds. There is an opportunity to take an optional boat trip around the seabird colonies (around £35, payable locally).
    • After a final morning on Grímsey, an afternoon flight takes us via Akureyri to Reykjavík, where we will spend the night.
    • Accommodation: Reykjavík, 1-night on full board basis.
    • Some free time in Reykjavík before boarding a return flight to London.

All prices are per person and include:

  • Services of the naturalist leader
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Guided activities

Accommodation

On our main trip we stay in hotels/guesthouses with all rooms en suite.

On the Grimsey Island extension we stay in a comfortable guesthouse, where the rooms have shared facilities.

Meals

All main meals are included. Breakfast and dinner are taken in the hotel/guesthouse and we have picnic lunches.

Birds

Our trip is timed to give us the best possible sightings of puffins as well as other seabirds of the north Atlantic. Wherever we travel on our trip Iceland’s wonderful breeding waders will accompany us.

  • Atlantic puffin
  • Harlequin duck
  • White-tailed eagle
  • Gyrfalcon

Mammals

From the Westerman Islands we will keep an eye open for cetaceans offshore.

  • Minke whale
  • Orca
  • White-beaked dolphin

Flora

Our trip takes place at an excellent time for botanists who will delight in the colourful carpet of arctic and alpine flowers that thrive here.

Scenery

Iceland’s dynamic geology, remarkable landscapes and magnificent fjords give rise to fascinating and beautiful scenery.

Walking

On the main trip we walk no more than five kilometres, in total, on any one day, and the maximum distance walked on a single walk is slightly over three kilometres.

The terrain is mostly level, but may be rough underfoot with sharp lave, and we recommend stout walking boots.

On the Grimsey Island extension, expect a walk of slightly less than five kilometres on the second day and a walk covering between eight and nine and a half kilometres on the third day – all on marked paths.

Boat trips

On our main trip, the return ferry trip to the Westman Islands is included. Whilst on the islands there is an option to take a boat trip around the islands, payable locally.

Also included is our cruise across Breiðafjörður to the island of Flatey and onto Brjánslækur.

Grimsey Island Extension: There is the chance to take a boat trip around the seabird colonies, optional and payable locally.

Flights

Price includes return scheduled flights London – Keflavik – London.

Ground transport

Main trip: Ground transportation is by minibus, or 4-wheel drive vehicle, driven by the leader.

Transport on Grimsey Island is on foot.

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