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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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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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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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