Date(s) - 12/07/2019 - 19/07/2019
There’s a strong connection between Orkney and Iceland, and we’ve been going to Iceland for nearly 10 years to explore this connection. The Orkneyinga Saga was even written in Iceland! Apart from the obvious Viking links (place names are remarkably similar between Iceland and Orkney) and Europe’s oldest Parliament at þingvellir, there is a strong natural history connection as our wintering birds of Orkney fly northwest to Iceland to breed. Birds such as great-northern diver; Slavonian grebe; greylag and pink-footed geese; and purple sandpiper to name but a few fall into this category. Our orcas (killer whales) even share their lives with Icelandic waters as they hunt a massive stretch of ocean between Orkney and Iceland.
This trip visits Snæfellsnes in the West; Grímsey (where we cross the Arctic Circle at 66 ̊ N), Hrísey and Mývatn in the North; and þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss in the South. Specialist birds that we hope to see include Barrow’s goldeneye; harlequin duck; red-necked phalarope; Brunnich’s guillemot; white-tailed eagle; merlin and gyr falcon. Added to this is the backdrop of the stunning volcanic and geo-thermal scenery of Iceland, with geysers, waterfalls and glaciers as standard. Two whale-watching trips are included (one land-based) as we seek close-ups of orcas, minke, humpback and sperm whales. Our Iceland trips are amongst the finest that we do, and it’s Steve’s favourite location! Please click here for further information and pictures; and here for 2019 enquiries to Iceland. Cost £2,395 for 7 nights, all-inclusive, excluding flights. The meeting point is Keflavík International Airport.