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Bird watching

The rich birdlife of North Iceland, distributed over widely varying habitats, displays a diversity seldom surpassed in Iceland and accessible areas for seeing species such as the Barrow’s Goldeneye, Harlequin Duck, Gyr Falcon, Rock Ptarmigan, the Great Northern Gannet, and the Guillemot. Wetlands are important as a habitat for many Icelandic breeding species, and of the Icelandic wetlands which are famed for rich birdlife, several of the most renowned is in North Iceland. Click for more information.

Here you can see the companies in North Iceland that offer facilities or tours for bird watching/wildlife explorations. 

 

Hotel Mikligarður - Arctichotels
Hotel Mikligarður is a summertime property set within a student accommodation building in Saudárkrókur. We offer 65 rooms (single, double, triple and family rooms) all with private facilities and  free Wi-Fi. A breakfast buffet is served each morning . Our staff is more than willing to help you out with planning your trip or activities during your stay or give local tips about activities and good restaurants. The hotel is well located close to the center of the town, which offers an array of activities. Sauðárkrókur has three restaurants, a bakery, an information center, The Heritage House, 1238- The Battle of Iceland virtual reality show, an outdoor thermal bath, riding tours, bird watching area (puffins), a golf course, a health club, shops; all of which are within walking distance from the hotel. There are also excellent walking paths along the beach or up to the mountains above Sauðárkrókur. Summer Hotel Mikligardur is only a 20 minute drive from the hot pool Grettislaug. Regular sailing trips to the island Drangey (The Puffin island) are from the port in Sauðárkrókur. Another local point of interest is Glaumbær the old farmhouse at Skagafjordur Heritage Museum, which is a 15 minute drive from the hotel. An ideal location for an enjoyable vacation.
Arctic Sea Tours
Arctic Sea Tours offers Arctic whale watching, Grímsey Arctic Island and Arctic Sea Angling tours from Dalvik close to Akureyri in North Iceland. Our location is 66°N close to the Arctic circle which lies just north of Iceland and through Grimsey island. We operate licensed oak passenger boats, equipped according to strict standards set by the Icelandic Maritime Administration.  We emphasize on personal service and small groups of passengers. We do our best to make your tour a special one and provide you with an unforgettable experience. Private charter available all around the year.   Arctic Whale Watching. A great adventure and unique experience for everyone. In Dalvík you have an exceptionally good chance to encounter the great humpback whale or 94% and often we spot white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, the small harbour porpoises and sometimes even the majestic blue whale. Overall we see whales in 98% of our tours. 3 hour whale watching tour. Warm overalls to secure your comfort on board. Hot drinks and local refreshments. 15 minutes sea angling at the end of the tour. Grill of freshly caught fish once back in Dalvík. Departure every day all around the year at 13:00, more departure times in summer. Whale watching schedule Morning departure 09:00 from 15th may - 30th september Midday departure 13:00 all around the year Afternoon departure 17:00 15th june - 10th august Evening departure 20:30 1st july Grímsey Arctic Island Have you ever wanted to cross the arctic circle? Well this is your chance! You will sail over to Grimsey island where you will be able to cross over the arctic circle and experience local culture and food! 10 hour day tour! Transfer to Grímsey island and back with the ferry Sæfari. Guided tour while on the island. A light lunch. A stop at one of the best bird watching areas in Iceland. Seeing the work of the locals. Meeting the locals for a light chat. Departure 3 times a week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 09:00   Arctic Sea Angling. Fishing is fun for all ages! If you want to experience Icelandic culture this tour will give you exactly what you are looking for – with the fresh arctic air, fishing and a taste of the freshly caught catch, you will leave Iceland feeling like a true fisherman! 1-6 hour sea angling tour. No need for experience – we will teach you. Experienced fishermen on board. Fishing equipment & protective clothing. Taste of grilled fish at the harbour! Upon request all around the year.
Strýtan Divecenter
Strytan Divecenter is located in the small fishing village Hjalteyri 22. km north of Akureyri. GPS location N 65°51.055′– W 18°11.583′.   Dive with us at one of the wonder of the world the hydrothermal vents Strytan or Arnarnesstrytan the only similar place is found at 2500 meters. You can also dive with us at the crack Nesgjá where we have the continental plates between Europe and Amerika. Or with puffins in Grimsey or whales in Eyjafjordur. Please contact for tours and booking information.  
Hofsós Camping Ground
The campsite at Hofsós is a sheltered campsite with electricity, toilet facilities, cold and hot water, and a place to empty toilets.   While in Hofsós, enjoy a stroll around the lower part of town near the harbour, or view the amazing basalt formations at Staðarbjargavík. The highly awarded swimming pool in Hofsós is a walking distance from the campsite.  In Hofsós you will also find the The Emigration Center, and few minutes from Hofsós you can step into the past and visit the old times at The Vintage Auto Museum. The campsites in Hofsós, Sauðárkrókur, Varmahlíð and Hólar are in collaboration. It is possible to stay the first night at one of these camp sites and pay less during the next night at the other camp sites. It is necessary to provide a receipt from the first camp site. The campsite is open during the summer months from mid-May until mid-September.
NW Adventures ehf.
North West Adventures is a fully licenced tour operater and travel agency, offering various leisure activities in the North of Iceland. Our goal is to share the adventure that is North Iceland and show you the best of the North West of Iceland. 
Guesthouse Mikligarður - Arctichotels
Mikligarður Guesthouse is located in the center of the town of Sauðárkrókur. We offer 13 rooms; 3 with private bathrooms and 10 with shared bathrooms. All of our rooms have TV´s and WiFi available throughout the guesthouse. In addition, all guests have access to a fully equipped kitchen and living area. The guesthouse is well located in the center of the town, which offers an array of activities.  Sauðárkrókur has three restaurants, a bakery, an information center, The Heritage House, an outdoor thermal bath, riding tours, a golf course, a health club, shops; all of which are within walking distance from the guesthouse. As well are excellent walking paths along the beach or up to the mountains above Sauðárkrókur. In the winter time, you can enjoy our nearby skiing area, which is only 15 km away from the town or you may prefer to take a romantic walk along the beach.  To satisfy your appetite, indulge in the delicious food and drink of our local restaurants. An ideal location for an enjoyable stay.
Scandinavia Travel North
Scandinavia Travel North  is a destination management company operating in northeast Iceland, with special focus on walking and hiking tours in Húsavík, Diamond Circle packages and the northern region of the country in general. Our staff knows the area, that is why our tagline is: Travel North Iceland – We know the way! We offer full range of quality travel services, including transportation, tours, guiding, accommodation and outdoor activities booking, events, meals etc.   Scandinavia Travel North specializes in well defined customized tours for an unforgettable experience.   Besides standard tours, day tours or package tours, we do also design and run special routes off the beaten path. Our customized tours might lead you to some of the highlights of Iceland, but also to some less known or a bit hidden treasures, for an even more meaningful experience of exploring the country. We like to share with you both interesting and inspirational stories, and explain to you a bit about our culture, traditions and heritage. Groups are in good hands with us as we offers both professional and customised travel services, such as land arrangements, excursions, accommodations and activities. We have available a selection of programs, but we do offer as well tailor made itineraries and tours according to your wishes, special requests, time frame, budget and circumstances.  For small groups, friends, families or individual travellers, we offer readymade packages or tours, as private service, self-drive program, or in cooperation with other available resources. Scandinavia Travel North aims to meet traveller´s needs by organising full service itineraries that are inspiring, exploring and allow you to enjoy the moment.  And give you the opportunity to improve competence, wellbeing and self-awareness. We like the way of slow travel, and remind you that travelling in Iceland should take time as here are so many different places and ways to experience the vast beauty of Iceland. In addition to leisure tours and nature based tours, sightseeing tours and activities, we like to offer theme tours adjusted for special interests. For example; geology tours, birdwatching, photography tours, energy (sustainability) as well as food and culture tours.   We are happy to assist you with all aspects of your trip, whether it is educational programs, incentive, group, business or individual travelling, as long as it is within frame of ability and profession of our network. Even though Iceland and the weather can be bit unsure and adventurous in part, we like to express various seasons, with it´s different character and charm. We have more than the rest. Six seasons – More opportunities. More reason to visit again....and again.   For tour operators and travel agents we offer complete service for land arrangements in Iceland. Scandinavia Travel North is a fully licenced Travel Agency.
Birds Museum Sigurgeir
Sigurgeir´s Bird Museum was opened on the 17th of August 2008. The goal of the Museum is to educate the visitors about birds, the biota in Lake Mývatn, and how people in the area used the lake for transport and to survive. In the Museum you can find almost all of the Icelandic nesting birds, plus about 100 of the eggs, and in a seperate exhibiton, tools that were used to fish in Lake Mývatn. Opening hours: Closed due to Covid-19. If groups are traveling during other hours it is always possible to call us and check if we can open.
Guesthouse Gullsól
Our guesthouse stands in the heart of Grimsey island. We are located just above the harbor with amazing views thereover. Our house is 3 stories high and the top two stories host the guesthouse while the bottom floor hosts our small handicraft store and café.   The guesthouse offers 6 rooms: 3 single bedrooms Two rooms with 120cm beds (For 1-2 people) One room with two single sized beds.   We also offer a toddler travel bed available for our guests free of charge.   Our bathroom is on the top floor and is shared by all guests. Free WIFI is included for all guests. We exclusively offer made up beds with high-quality sheets and two pillows for each guest. Each guest also gets a big towel and a washcloth to use during their stay. More offered for longer stays if requested.   We have a fully prepared kitchen which can be shared and used by all of our guests. The kitchen includes a fridge, stovetop, oven, microwave, coffee maker, sandwich maker, toaster, tea kettle and more appliances. Our kitchen table seats 8 people and furthermore next to the kitchen is the living room with a couch and two lounge chairs as well as a tv and a little bookcase.   On the first floor of the house through a separate entrance, we have a split space with both a little coffee house offering waffles with whipped cream, chocolate, and home-made jam as well as tea, coffee, and hot cocoa. The other side has a little handicraft store with Grímsey island made handcrafted things like wool sweaters, gloves, and hats. Also, we offer souvenirs and a document stating you‘ve crossed over the arctic circle.   For bookings and other information visit our website www.gullsol.is or send us an email at gullsol@gullsol.is
Langanes Private Tours
LANGANES PRIVATE TOURS We make a visit to Langanes peninsula memorable with our private Land rover tours. A tour for minimum 2 and maximum 6 persons, a unique and exciting experience with our great value one-on-one private tour service. Langanes is a veritable outdoor paradise teeming with birdlife, great for nature study and hiking as well as some tangible history. A trip to the outlying peninsula is an unforgettable adventure, passing remnants of ancient farms and deserted buildings like Heiði. Below Skoruvík cliffs is Stórikarl rock column, one of Iceland’s largest gannet colonies. Way out on the eastern shore stood village Skálar from 1910-1946. Departure : Ytra Lón - Landrover tour for 2-6 persons. Pick-up service for Þórshöfn. Daily summer : May 1st > August 31st
Hofsstaðir Hotel
We like to invite you to a very unique spot in the north of Iceland, offering excellent panorama view of Skagafjörður. The guesthouse, Sveitasetrið has 20 rooms with a private facilities and veranda. The restaurant highlights on home made Icelandic food and focuses on local products with the best ingredient that we can get from each season. The Guesthouse Sveitasetrið is located in Skagafjord by road nr. 76. Only 18 km from the main road no.1.  Here you can benefit from the peaceful countryside with all principal services and recreation of the area within your reach. Excellent walking facilities are in the vicinity and many places of interest are closed by. Stunning nature is at the tip of your finger where the river Héraðsvötn floats peacefully by, only a short distance away from the guesthouse. The area is rich in birdlife and ideal for bird watchers and other nature lovers. The mountain above Hofsstaðir and the scree in it are an ideal place for hikers and geologists and gives breathtaking view over Skagafjörður. Hosts: Þórólfur Sigjónsson and Guðný Vésteinsdóttir
Geo Travel Iceland
Geo Travel is a carbon neutral, family run tour operator and a travel agency in North Iceland. Small groups and personal service is our speciality. We offer a variety of pre-organised day tours, tailor made private tours and all inclusive tour packages and brakes.  All our guides are locals to the area and making adventures is our passion.    Among the options of activities we offer are    - Super Jeep Tours of North Iceland highlights and hidden gem's  - Cultural sightseeing experiences - Photography tours Hiking and trekking tours - Birdwatching and biology - Dog sledding by Lake Mývatn  - Cross country skiing  - Hiking and trekking tours - Multi day Highlands expeditions  -Snow mobile tours - www.myvatnsnowmobile.is
Arctic Trip
Arctic Trip was founded in 2015 by Halla Ingolfsdottir, a highly experienced guide with over 20 years of experience in guiding travelers around North Iceland, in Eyjafjordur and in particular in Grímsey where she has spent most of her days. Although recently founded, Arctic Trip has been in the making for several years; collecting experience, making social and business connections, testing the natural elements and wildlife. Halla has a passion for storytelling and the outdoors and she and her team is very excited to welcome you to the remote island of Grímsey, to be on top of the world! Arctic Trip was founded with the mission that everybody should enjoy a relaxed stay, to nourish their mind. We believe people should spend their holiday renewing themselves and creating memories that will last a lifetime. We respect the environment, the wildlife and the tender and fragile nature of Iceland. Preservation and respect for the nature is a key factor in the Arctic Trip manifesto.
Imagine Iceland Travel
Imagine Iceland Travel operates a great range of tours to discover North Iceland all year round. Specializing in small group tours and private tours, we have gained a reputation for providing high quality and personal service. Our small group tours are designed to make the most of your time in the North with expert guides and great value. Our friendly local guides are highly qualified and experienced and love their surroundings and what they do. We offer a range of vehicles including minibusses, 4x4s, super jeeps, and luxury 4x4s. For private tours, we can design tailor-made experiences using our expert knowledge of the area to provide a personal experience based around your interests. Our specialist guides have a great range of skills and knowledge base. The company is local to North Iceland and is an authentic family run company who care about customers and deliver an outstanding level of customer care. Please get in touch and our friendly team will help with your enquiry. Some examples of tours and interests we cover include: Icelandic Nature  Lake Myvatn and Godafoss waterfall Combo Tour: Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss and Godafoss Waterfalls Arctic coastline and culture Diamond Circle Northern Lights  Tailor Made Private Tours Photography tours and Northern Lights photography.   Popular interests for tours include folk tales, Norse mythology, Nature, photography, Northern lights, Northern Lights photography, geothermal baths, geology, volcanoes, glaciers, Icelandic Culture, local farms and museums, local food, flora, seasonal tours for winter, summer, spring and fall, fishing and much more!
Jón Þór Benediktsson / The Traveling Viking
The Traveling Viking is an Icelandic tour operator in Akureyri that provide tours all over Iceland, with the main focus on the North-EastOur speciality is in the quality of our tours. We focus on making a good tour for everyone that contacts us and we promise to do our best for each and every customer.Some of our destinations are; Dettifoss, Myvatn, Godafoss, Siglufjord and Akureyri.
Nonni Travel
Nonni Travel is fully licensed travel agency and tour operator, owned and managed by locals in the beautiful north of Iceland. Nonni Travel has been operating since 1989 and offers tours in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands for both individuals and groups.  We at Nonni Travel truly believe that those three countries are the most awesome places to be! Each country itself promises a unique experience and unforgettable memories. Each of them is completely different, each of them carries their own unique signature and spirit but they all stand for their breathtaking natural beauty, their pureness and authenticity and their fascinating Nordic cultural heritage and lifestyle. Over the past 30 years Nonni Travel has built a reputation for reliability and personal service. The guides and lecturers are carefully selected individuals with a good language standard and knowledge of history, culture, geography, geology and natural history. Nonni Travel aims to encourage the travel of foreign and Icelandic visitors to the region and can assist other agencies with clients wishing to travel to Iceland, Faroe Islands and Greenland. Through Nonni Travel you can book day tours, activities all over Iceland, package tours, tailor made tours, multi day tours, self drive packages and private guided tours. Nonni Travel is a one-stop shop for all your needs. Our mission & serviceWe want our clients to experience the spirit of the Arctic that we love so much and show them what we believe are Europe’s best hidden secrets. We want our customers to enjoy themselves, to be able to connect with the beauty of our destinations and go home with this certain glow in their eyes and a lot of good memories. We provide services in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands based on our extensive experience and networks in these countries We offer an awesome selection of tours – both standard and tailor-made & private – for indidvidual travellers, groups and cruiseship visitors all designed by ourselves or carefully selected from chosen partners We are in love with creating self-drive packages of any kind – from adventurous to slow travel We design unforgettable group experiences both guided and private We organize conferences and events (Our newest project we are totally proud of: We organize the Myvatn Marathon 2020!) We offer reliable ship handling & cruise service See also the company web site www.nonnitravel.is for further information on tours  
Gentle Giants Whale Watching
  Imagine encountering whales in wild nature. This is what we do at Gentle Giants and welcome you to join us. Gentle Giants offers whale watching tours and other exciting seafaring adventures from Húsavík, in the north of Iceland – often considered as the Whale Watching Capital of Europe. Our company is proud of its originality and background with more than 150 years of family history in Skjálfandi Bay. Welcome aboard traditional Icelandic oak boats or modern RIB speedboats in search of the giants of the ocean. Your chances of seeing whales are up to 97-99%.
Hótel Tindastóll - Arctichotels
Hotel Tindastóll  We welcome you to the oldest hotel in Iceland (hotel since 1884). Hotel Tindastóll is a 3 star hotel with an old romantic style.  Here we have 10 well equipped rooms; eight double standard rooms and two deluxe rooms in the old main building and 10 modern style rooms in the annex, all with private facilities, TV and free Wi Fi. In the garden area of the hotel, we have a hot tub made of piled stones from the shores of Skagafjörður. Here, our guests can relax after an exiting day in the beautiful North. The hotel is well located in the center of the town, which offers an array of activities.  Sauðárkrókur has three restaurants, a bakery, The Heritage House, The Tannery visitor center, History and birding tours to the island Drangey 98% chance of spotting puffins, an outdoor thermal bath, riding tours, bird watching area, a golf course, a health club, shops; all of which are within walking distance from the hotel.  Excellent walking paths are along the beach or up to the mountains above Sauðárkrókur. In the winter time, you can enjoy our nearby skiing area, which is only 15 km away from the town or you may prefer to take a romantic walk along the black sands of our beach.  To satisfy your appetite, indulge in the delicious food and drink of our local restaurants   An ideal location for an enjoyable stay.
Reykir Reykjastrond Guesthouse
Reykir is at the end of the road 748, Reykjastrandavegur in Skagafjörður. We have two natural hot pots, small café, guesthouse and camping. The area is very beautiful with  steep mountains and Drangey island rising up from the strong Atlantic ocean. You can enjoy the view from your walk around the area, or just from the hot pots. 

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Sea Safari / Whale Safari / Mr. Puffin Ægisgarður 7 101 Reykjavík 4970000
Iceland Untouched Meistaravellir 11 107 Reykjavík 696-0171
Brekkulækur Brekkulækur 531 Hvammstangi 451-2938
Hofsstaðir Hofsstaðir 551 Sauðárkrókur 453-6555
Keldudalur Hegranesi 551 Sauðárkrókur 846-8185
Hólar Travel Service Hjaltadalur 551 Sauðárkrókur 455-6333
Gimbur Guesthouse Reykjarhóll 570 Fljót 8993183
Akureyri Whale Watching Oddeyrarbót 2 / Torfunesbryggja 600 Akureyri 497-1000
Husavik mini bus Garðarsbraut 79 640 Húsavík 898-9853
Kaldbaks-kot Cottages Husavik Kaldbakur 640 Húsavík 892-1744
Arctic Nature Experience Smiðjuteigur 7 641 Húsavík 464-3940