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Spot the puffin: What a remarkable beak!

19 May 2020

The Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) belongs to the auk family (Alcidae) wich live and breed around Iceland. Other members of this family include the Black guillemot, Common murre, Thick-billed murre, Razorbill, and …

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Spot the oystercatcher: One of the best known birds in Iceland

19 March 2020

All Icelanders know the oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) as it is very noticeable due to its loud calls during summer. The oystercatcher is a wader (Charadrii) belonging to the Haematopodidae family, widely distributed …

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Spot the mallard in Iceland: Most abundant duck in the world

17 March 2020

There are known over a hundred species of ducks in the world, but the word duck and the childish words „bra-bra“ are by most Icelanders related and refer to the mallard (Anas …

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Spot the horned grebe: The only one of its kind

10 March 2020

The horned grebe, also known as Slavonian grebe (Podiceps auritus), belongs to the Podicipedidae family along with 20 other species belonging to six genera and is the only grebe species found in …

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Black tailed godwit

Spot the black tailed godwit in Iceland

28 February 2020

The black tailed godwit (Limosa limosa islandica) belongs to the waders (Charadrii) but is of the Scolopacidae family. It is closely related to the redshank (Scolopacidae) and the whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) within …

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Spot the black-headed gull: The smallest seagull in Iceland

17 January 2020

The black-headed gull (formerly Larus ridibundus, now known as Chroicocephalus ridibundus) belongs to the gull family (Laridae) and the genus Chroicocephalus. Gulls in this genus are small to medium-sized most of them having a …

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Spot the Black guillemot in Iceland: peaceful & beautiful

06 January 2020

The Black guillemot (Cepphus grylle) belongs to the Alcid family (Alcidae) along with the puffin (Fratercula arctica), the common murre (Uria aalge), the thick-billed murre (Uria lomvia), the razorbill (Alca torda) and …

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Spot the barnacle geese: A new member of Icelandic breeders

01 August 2019

The barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis) is a waterfowl (Anatidae) that belongs to the black geese genus (Branta). The black geese genus is often related to the New World in the West while …

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Spot the Common Eider: Iceland’s most valuable bird

30 July 2019

The Common Eider (Somateria mollissima borealis) is a large seaduck of the Merginae family. The Eider is one of few Anatidae that occupy the marine environment in Iceland all year round and …

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Spot the great skua: The pirate of the Icelandic sea

29 July 2019

The great skua (Catharacta skua, also known as Stercorarius skua) is a seabird that belongs to the Charadriiformes order within the skua family (Stercorariidae). It is an interesting bird that resembles both …

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How to find the Northern lights in Reykjavik

26 July 2019

No matter what you have read or heard – it is possible to see the northern lights without leaving Reykjavik. The skies must be clear and completely dark and, most importantly, the …

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The best views over Reykjavik

25 July 2019

Few things compare to the feeling of gazing out at a beautiful view. No matter where we go, it is always worth getting up to a high point and looking around. The …

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Memories: Road Trip in Iceland with a twist

22 May 2020

Northern Iceland, thanks for your beauty! And thank you for giving us one of the funniest memories we have of Iceland! It was 2016, summertime. Everything was ready, two weeks of road …

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Iceland: The Country of extremes

27 April 2020

I first visited Iceland in June 2009 and it is fair to say it was quite a shock to me. I was not especially attracted by the country, as some people sometimes …

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Arnastapi & Mt. Stapafell in Iceland

24 April 2020

Iceland is a dreamy place, full of landscapes that go beyond the imagination; glaciers everywhere, waterfalls surrounded by rainbows, majestic mountains, volcanoes with unpronounceable names (if you’re not used to the local …

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Glacier Therapy, Knitting, and Northern Lights in Iceland

24 April 2020

The Northern lights from Perlan I live in Iceland. I work in Perlan Exploratorium. I’ve seen northern lights pretty often. I talk about them when I work, I go chase them in …

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Iceland: Ever-present feeling of space

24 April 2020

Walking is with no doubt one of my much-loved activities. One of the many things that one might be hit by while in Iceland is the ever-present feeling of space. Space and …

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Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in Iceland

24 April 2020

Jökulsárlón means “glacier river lagoon”. The lagoon and icebergs come from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, which is part of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe by volume. The lagoon has grown fourfold since …

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What Iceland makes me feel, healing wounds in Iceland

24 April 2020

I cannot share a specific story about Iceland with you all because every corner of this country is my favorite place. It has been a process, something that has been growing deep …

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Iceland remote and magical: The Westfjords

24 April 2020

My favorite place in Iceland is the Westfjords, a remote and sparsely populated peninsula in the Northwestern region. In particular, the Red Sand Beach left unforgettable memories with me. Overall, most travelers …

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Áróra is now available for streaming

12 May 2020

Our Planetarium movie Áróra is now available on Vimeo. Watch Northern Lights from the comfort of your home, or wherever you are, in a 360° virtual reality dome experience. We invite you …

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Best Places to spend New Year’s Eve in Reykjavik

27 December 2019

When you’re looking for a place to see in the New Year, then a city with a passion for partying is a good bet. New Year’s Eve is a big deal in …

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Dance: Timeless artwork at Perlan

22 July 2019

On top of Reykjavík’s highest hill, four lively figures dance to the wind and singing birds. This notable work of art brings smiles to the faces of most all passer-by. Many of …

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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 …

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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 …

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Water in Icelandic Nature – New Exhibition in Perlan

06 September 2018

Icelanders will celebrate 100 years of sovereignty on December 1st, 2018. Perlan is happy to announce that this special occasion will also be the opening day of a new exhibition at Perlan; …

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