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The winter is long and cold in Iceland, despite its wealth of geothermal springs, hot mud pools, fumaroles and general volcanic activity. By the end of May, however, the thaw is all but over and the island’s breeding birds are engaged in frenetic activity, trying to make the most of the short summer to raise their young. We aim to be there to catch a glimpse of some of that activity, at one of the world’s classic birding destinations, where the expression “it’s quality, not quantity that counts” has never been truer.
People visit Iceland hoping for an awesome birding experience set in a stunning volcanic landscape – moss-covered lava fields, volcano cones, snowcapped mountains, spectacular waterfalls, basalt sea cliffs - and that is what they get. Then they also appreciate Iceland for its friendly, relaxed people, and good food and hospitality.
In terms of birds some of the star attractions include Barrow’s Goldeneye and Harlequin Duck at their only breeding grounds in Europe; majestic White-tailed Eagles and Gyrfalcons; seething seabird colonies with Atlantic Puffins, Thick-billed Murre (Brünnich’s Guillemot), Black Guillemots and more; roadside Rock Ptarmigans, Common Loons (Great Northern Diver) and Horned (Slavonian) Grebes; spinning Red- necked Phalaropes and Grey Phalaropes; Snow Buntings; geese and swans. Then there are mammals too - whales and seals – as well as the very photogenic Icelandic horses.

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Facts and Travel Tips

Photo Impression of Iceland

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Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1 - Eshowe B&B - Arrival in Durban, transfer to Eshowe
  • Day 2 - Eshowe B&B - Birding in Dlinza Forest, trip to Mtunzini
  • Day 3 - Kingfisher Lodge, St Lucia - Birding in Dlinza Forest, transfer to St Lucia
  • Day 4 - Kingfisher Lodge, St Lucia - Birding around St. Lucia and Estuary
  • Day 5 - Kingfisher Lodge, St Lucia - Cape Vidal in iSimangaliso World Heritage Site
  • Day 6 - Main Camp Mkhuze - Transfer to Mkhuze, birding & game viewing
  • Day 7 - Main Camp Mkhuze - Birding & Game viewing
  • Day 8 - Wetlands Country House, Wakkerstroom - Transfer. Birding in and around grasslands/wetlands
  • Day 9 - Wetlands Country House, Wakkerstroom - Birding in and around grasslands/wetlands
  • Day 10 - Lower Sabie, Kruger N.P. - Transfer to Kruger N.P., birding & game viewing
  • Day 11 - Lower Sabie, Kruger N.P. - Birding & game viewing
  • Day 12 - Skukuza, Kruger N.P. - Birding & game viewing
  • Day 13 - Skukuza, Kruger N.P. - Birding & game viewing
  • Day 14 - Linger Longer Country Retreat, Dullstroom - Transfer, birding for grassland endemnics
  • Day 15 - Birding in the morning. Transfer to Johannesburg - Departure

Extension - Cape Town and Pelagic trip

  • Day 1 - Mariner Guest House - Birding Standfontein Bird Sanctuary
  • Day 2 - Mariner Guest House - Day 2 or 3 Pelagic trip, depending on weather conditions
  • Day 3 - Mariner Guest House - Birding around Cape Town, midday venture up Table Mountain
  • Day 4 - Le Mahi, Langebaan - Kirstenbosch B.G., transfer to West Coast National Park
  • Day 5 - Le Mahi, Langebaan - Birding to Velddrif, via Paternoster and St Helena Bay
  • Day 6 - Birding in the morning. Transfer to Cape Town - Departure