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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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Spot the white-tailed eagle in Iceland: The king of Icelandic birds

24 July 2019

The white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) is often called the king of Icelandic birds due to its magnificence. A full-grown eagle is a graceful sight. The Icelandic eagle belongs to the hawk family …

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Is Icelandic tap water really safe to drink?

24 July 2019

Ask anyone living in Iceland – they almost certainly do not buy their water bottled. They drink it straight from the tap, unfiltered. There are many perks to this; the convenience, saving …

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Spot the Whimbrel: Icelandic and African

19 July 2019

The whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus islandicus) is a wader (Charadriiformes) that belongs to the Scolopacidae family. In Iceland, all members of this family are migratory birds and they have a specialized bill for …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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How to get to Perlan?

16 August 2018

1 – Hop on Perlan’s Shuttle Bus Perlan offers all ticket holders a free bus fare with the Perlan shuttle bus. Any tickets to Perlan are also valid as Perlan bus tickets. …

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A whole day in one photo

27 July 2018

“I follow the light, not time,” said Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson, one of Iceland’s most beloved photographers, specializing in arctic photography in Iceland. One day of spring 2017, he left his home just …

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