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Spot the whooper swan in Iceland: Isn´t it elegant?

19 July 2019

There is something romantic and adventurous about swans (Cygnus), who appear in many fairy tales as a symbol of purity and innocence. The loyalty a swan couple have to each other and to their breeding site is well known and appeals strongly to people. The whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus), sometimes called the common swan, belongs …

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Profile: Iceland’s nature photography superstar

19 July 2019

Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson has teamed up with Toyota, Royal Geographical Society, Discover the World, and now – Perlan. Specializing in arctic photography, he is one of Iceland’s leading photographers. Singularity within his specialization Ragnar pioneered the use of computers and digital equipment in Icelandic photography. He established Arctic-Images in 1985, his own studio and graphic …

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The Biggest Volcanoes in Iceland

12 July 2019

Iceland has one of the densest concentrations of volcanoes on the planet. This relatively small mid-Atlantic nation has no less than 30 active volcanic systems. Here are some of the main ones, that are fun to recognize. Tallest: Öræfajökull At 2110 meters, this is Iceland’s tallest volcano. It is located in southeast Iceland and sits …

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Látrarbjarg in Iceland: All you need to know

11 July 2019

For many, a visit to Látrarbjarg is the highlight of any trip to the Westfjords. The main bird cliffs in Iceland teem with sea birds. Látrabjarg is not only the largest sea bird cliff in the country; it also holds that honor in all of Europe. This is a special somewhere, not to be missed. …

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Spot the Redshank in Iceland: Small and loud

10 July 2019

This is the Common Redshank The Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) belongs to the family Scolopacidae and the so-called waders (Charadeiiformes). Waders are migratory birds that come to Iceland in big flocks in the spring and leave in the fall. Even tough waders migrate together and are very sociable, they do not nest in colonies. Other …

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Thermal Wight: Impressive Sustainable Artwork at Perlan

03 July 2019

 At the top of Öskjuhlíð hill, right outside Perlan, stands an intriguing sculpture. The artist combines natural science and art in sustainable, creative ways. Thermal Wight and impressive sculptures The sculpture Thermal Wight (1988) was originally set up at Krýsuvík but now stands at Perlan, Reykjavík. The artist, Robert Dell, was awarded a Fulbright research …

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Spot the Raven in Iceland: Smart and mysterious

24 June 2019

This is the Raven The Common Raven (Corvus corax) is a large passerine bird (Passeriformes) of the Corvidae family, which are all sort of crows. Corvids have been known for their intelligence and problem-solving skills which are often considered as supernatural powers. No wonder that the raven is so popular in stories, legends, and poetry. …

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Spot the Northern Gannet in Iceland: Queen of the Sea

06 June 2019

A big majestic bird glides over the sea until it darts into the ocean to catch a fish. The big splash and chaos that follows when the bird disappears into the sea is a sight that no one forgets. This bird is, of course, the northern gannet (Morus bassanus) which has earned the nickname “Queen …

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Spot the Tern in Iceland: The World’s Best Flyer?

05 June 2019

Meet the Arctic Tern The Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea), usually just called a tern, belongs to the tern family (Sternidae). It is a very delicate bird that weights about 100 gr (3.5 oz). Adult terns have a distinguishing look; a deeply forked tail, black hood, and dark red beak and feet. Other than that, they …

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Where Whales Come From

06 October 2018

Whales. They are the largest and loudest, swim the fastest, have the biggest brains and live the deepest of all animals known to us humans. Today, we know countless interesting facts about whales. Whales at stage one Whales’ ancestors evolved from mammals which returned to the sea, 55 million years ago. Many whale species still …

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