Wildlife and nature form an integral part of the many of holidays to Iceland, where rugged natural beauty is complemented by wonderful bird watching and whale watching opportunities. You’ll find plenty of wildlife along Iceland’s 5,000km of coastline.
From May to mid-July its distinctive cliffs are stacked with nesting sea birds. In the West Fjords the towering cliffs of Latrabjarg, which are almost 14km in length, are home to Iceland’s largest concentration of sea birds including puffins and kittiwakes. Seals haul out on rocky islets and if you’re lucky, you might spot a whale or two from the shore. For the best chances, sign up for whale watching boat trip to look for minke and humpback whales as they gather to feed in the fjords.
Husavik is known as the ‘whale watching capital of Europe’ while the Snaefellsnes Peninsula offers the chance to combine orca watching with searching for the northern lights. The island’s unpolluted rivers and lakes are a magnet for abundant wildfowl. Lake Myvatn, with its sensational summer bird watching, boasts rarities such as Barrow’s goldeneye, harlequin duck and great northern diver.
We offer a selection of itineraries with a specific focus on wildlife encounters, or we can tailor make a wildlife and nature holiday entirely around your interests. Whether you join an escorted tour accompanied by an expert guide, or explore on your own self drive adventure, we’ve got the perfect holiday to tempt the nature lover in you.