Birding Westfjords Iceland Tour

Birding Westfjords Iceland Tour

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

The Westfjords, Ísafjördur and Látrabjarg Cliffs 

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

Please join us! You will see and experience amazing waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, fantastic birding, eating at the finest restaurants in Reykjavik, walking the incredible landscape of this amazing island, soaking in natural thermal hot springs, sleeping at great hotels, snuggling in cozy cabins, Nordic shopping, Icelandic horses and charming Vikings!

We start out this 10-day trip in Reykjavik. This is a great area for birding and walking the shore line. Reykjavik is a great city for art and culture.  We will fly to the Westfjords and spend four days visiting some of the most amazing landscapes, waterfalls and birding colonies in Iceland. 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 month of May)

  • Travel Dates:  May 11 - 20, every year, dates don't change
  • Group Size:  6 Travelers plus guides
  • Trip Length: 10 days
  • Rates: Rate per person = $4,150 (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

Reservations during Covid-19:  Until we know we can definitely travel, we can "pencil" you in without a deposit. Deposit and/or balance required when travel restrictions are completely lifted and safe travel resumes.   

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:  Westfjords Iceland (opens new page)

For recent photos click here:  Newsletter Archives (opens new page)

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:  Ísafjördur
The flight from Reykjavík to Ísafjördur takes 45-minutes.  Once we arrive in Ísafjördur, we will be staying at the Ísafjördur Hotel.  Dinner will be in town. There will be time for birding, hiking and exploring Ísafjördur.

Day 4:  Patreksfjörður
From Ísafjördur it is a beautiful drive and amazing road to the quaint little seaside town of Patreksfjörður with many sights to see, including some amazing waterfalls like the Dynjandi.  For the next three nights we will be staying at lodging in town. 

Day 5:  Patreksfjörður
The Westfjords is all about birds and amazing landscapes.  We travel to the Látrabjarg cliffs to view puffins, razorbills, guillemots, cormorants, fulmars, gulls and kittiwakes nesting colonies.  We will also see arctic foxes and many other species of birds. This will be a full day of watching the birds and the arctic foxes of Látrabjarg cliffs and the Westfjords.  This area has great hiking, too.

Day 6:  Patreksfjörður
We will be visiting the Látrabjarg cliffs very early in the morning to find foxes and birds.  During the midday we will be visiting a village called Tálknafjörður for lunch and a swim in the geo-thermal pool.  In the afternoon we will be visiting one of the most spectacular beaches in all of Iceland called Rauðasandur. Dinner will be at Breiðavík on our way back to the Látrabjarg cliffs for an evening with the puffins. We will be returning to Patreksfjörður late enough to see the sunset at 11:30pm.

Day 7:  Stykkishólmur
From Patreksfjörður it is a 1-hour drive to the villages of Brjánslækur and Flökalundur.  From here we will be taking a 2.5-hour ferry boat across the Breiðafjörður to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula where we will be spending the night in a town called Stykkishólmur.  In this area we have seen White-tailed Eagles and Gyrfalcons.

Day 8:  Reykjanes Peninsula
We will take the day to get back to Reykjavík because we will stop at lava fields and birding areas along the way.  From Reykjavik 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 coast and ponds for excellent birding.  Here we will easily find Rock Ptarmigans. 

Day 9:  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 10:  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.