Birding Northeast Iceland Tour

Birding Northeast Iceland Tour

If you are interested in Birding Northeast Iceland Tour, come and join us at Kaiyote Tours!

The Northeast, Húsavík, Þórshöfn and Lake Mývatn

Iceland really is a magical and mystical place. The natural geological wonders, landscapes, birds and ocean life are unforgettable!

On this trip we will spend most of our time along the northeastern coastline walking and looking for birds. This trips mostly focuses on birding.  

We start out this 11-day trip in Reykjavik, which is a great city for art and culture. We will fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri. The next six days we will be visiting the best birding and nature sites in the Northeast part of Iceland. This area has a stunning ocean shore line, beautiful lakes and mountains, great walking trails and a lot of birds to see. We will spend our last 2-days on the Reykjanes Peninsula.

Printable Bird List
(This is a checklist of birds that we have seen in the months of May and June)

  • Travel Dates:  May 21 - 31, every year, dates don't change, spots left for 2022 = 4
  • Group Size:  6 Travelers plus guides
  • Trip Length: 11 days
  • Rates: Rate per person = $4,350 (based on double occupancy)
  • Rates include: Domestic transfers, lodging, breakfast, lunch, dinner, scheduled group tours, park entrance fees and basic travel insurance.
  • Not included: International airfare, customs & immigration fees and visas, alcohol, trip cancellation insurance.
  • Adventure level:  Easy, please check "Welcome" page for definition  

Special offer:  Included with your trip (one per room) is a copy of the “Icelandic Bird Guide: Appearance, Way of Life, Habitat” by Johann Oli Hilmarsson.  You will receive this when you reserve your trip so you will have time to study and know the beautiful birds of Iceland.

Map of the travel route here:  Northeast Iceland (opens new page)

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More photos can be found here:  Photo Gallery (opens new page)

Basic Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrive in Reykjavik
Flights are usually overnight with early morning at the Keflavik International Airport (KEF).  It is a 45-minute shuttle ride to Reykjavik from the airport. There are many great and interesting lodging places in downtown Reykjavik... we have many favorites. Breakfast is a traditional Icelandic offering of fish, cheese, meats, breads, cereals, etc. Activities for the day depend on your arrival time. Common birds we see in the city are:  Redwing, European Blackbird, Raven, Black-headed Gull, Whooping Swan, Greylag Goose, Arctic Tern and Common Snipe.

Day 2:  Reykjavik 
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and is rich in maritime history and close to numerous geological wonders. Options for today are hiking along the peninsula, birding and checking out the shops and museums of Reykjavik. In the harbor and along the peninsula birds we easily see:  Common Redshank, Northern Fulmar, Gannet, Shag, Great Cormorant, Common Eider, Long Tailed Duck and of course, Puffins! 

Day 3:  Húsavík 
In the morning, we will be taking a 45-minute flight from the domestic airport in Reykjavik to the city of Akureyri. It is about a 1-hour drive to a small fishing village called Húsavík. Along the way we will visit the Goðafoss waterfall and a few birding spots.  We will be staying in a rural area, just outside of town, in small cabins. This area is great birding, hiking and fishing. 

Day 4:  Húsavík
Húsavík is a great town for whale watching, birding, hiking and museums, so there will be lots of choices for activities here.  If you like birds and boats, we will be taking 2-boat tour to a puffin breeding colony.  

Day 5:  Þórshöfn 
From Húsavík we will be driving along the northeast coast for walking, viewing birds and experiencing the amazing coast that is only 25 miles from the Arctic Circle. We will be staying near a town called Þórshöfn at the Ytra Lón Farm. 

Day 6:  Þórshöfn 
The second largest breeding colony of Northern Gannets in Iceland is close to Ytra Lón farm and there are plenty of puffins to see as well.  The farm and the family that runs the farm are wonderfully sweet and we will enjoy a second day of walking and birding in the area. 

Day 7:  Mývatn, Skútustaðir
It is a 3-hour drive to Lake Mývatn.  There will be birds, waterfalls and geological sites to see along the way.  We will visit one of Europe’s most powerful waterfall called Dettifoss and the Námafjall geothermal area to view steam vents and boiling mud pools. We will arrive at Lake Mývatn and stay for 2-nights.

Day 8:  Mývatn, Skútustaðir
We will have all day to explore Lake Mývatn. It is a 60-mile loop around the lake and plenty of birds to see and wonderful short hikes. There will be time to visit the Mývatn Nature Baths.

Day 9:  Reykjanes Peninsula
It is a 70-mile drive back to Akureyri and we will be taking a mid-morning, 45-minute flight from Akureyri back to Reykjavik. From there we will drive out to the Reykjanes Peninsula for our last 2-nights.  This area is great for birds and geological sites. On the Reykjanes Peninsula we will be staying at an area that is close to the coast and ponds for excellent birding.  Here we will easily find Rock Ptarmigans. 

Day 10:  Reykjanes Peninsula 
In the morning we will be visiting the wonderful and amazing thermal pool called the Blue Lagoon for a swim and a soak. We will be staying at the edge of the Reykjanes Peninsula which is an excellent birding location with numerous geological sites. Reykjanesfólkvangur is a large nature preserve to protect flora, fauna and geological areas.

Day 11:  Fly Home 
Flights usually leave in the late afternoon, so we will have time in the morning for birding and hiking.  Our place of lodging is about 15 minutes from the airport.

Please note:  The lodging described in this itinerary is always our first choice based on availability. Details of this trip are a little vague as it is VERY flexible. Destinations throughout the trip are based on the desires, ability and goals of the group.