• Arctic Tern

    They fly from Iceland to Antarctica every fall, and back in spring. That's the longest migration of any bird.

  • Eurasian Golden Plover

    When they arrive in spring, their heavenly song drives the snow away, says an old poem.

  • Red-necked Phalarope

    This arctic wader spends the winter on tropical oceans.

  • Rock Ptarmigan

    The ptarmigan's feathers are grey-brown in summer, and white in winter.

Vopnafjordur is a true paradise for the birdwatcher. The bird fauna includes a great mixture of seabirds, waterfowl, waders, passerines and raptors.

The uninhabited Tangi peninsula north of Vopnafjordur is an ideal area to watch seabirds, and a big habitat of various duck species can be found around Nypslon estuary. Waders can be closely observed in inland wetlands, and coastal cliffs and highland moors should offer plentiful of sightings.

Photos: Eurasian Golden Plover by Quirin Herzog (CC BY-SA), Rock Ptarmigan by Marek Slusarczyk (CC BY), Arctic Tern by Ulrich Latzenhofer (CC BY-SA)


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