"Ingˇlfsh÷f­i: Bird Watching" Iceland Things to Do Tip by Krumel

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Once you have found the starting point to Ingˇlfsh÷f­i Nature Reserve (a hut at the end of a tiny track that looks like its not going anywhere in particular) the adventure already starts with the transport to the reserve: a large tractor-drawn haycart. Once all passengers have been herded into the cart the bumpy ride goes across the sands and marshes to the 2-3 km long rocky outcrop, which is a haven for nesting seabirds.

On the island, there is short climb up a steep sandy slope, but after that is is just a flat walk along the top of the island's steep cliffs. The first birds to greet us where the great skuas, which kept circling low over our heads. We soon also saw the reason for this: a little chick in the grass which looked rather bewildered by all the attention it was suddenly receiving. So we left it alone again and headed for the puffin "headquarters", which was the face of a high cliff, where hundreds of puffins were sitting in whatever place they could get as much as a foothold on. We also saw some fulmars with their chicks.

We spent some time watching the birds flying around the cliff (the skuas with their enormous wingspan and the puffins with their ridiculously orange feet) before heading back down to the beach to look at a dead (very smelly) pilot whale that had washed up there a while ago and was providing a feast for the seabirds.

Website: http://www.oraefaferdir.is/fromcoasttomountains/Coast_Tour.html

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  • Written Sep 11, 2011
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