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The Birdland - exhibition

Bird watching SVARFAÐARDALUR NATURE RESERVE The Svarfaðardalur Nature Reserve with its rich diversity of birdlife. The Svarfaðardalur Nature Reserve is Iceland's oldest wetland protection area, and spans the entire marshlands of lower Svarfaðardalur valley, from the shoreline to Húsabakki which accommodates the BIRDLAND EXHIBITION. A staked-out path highlighting points of information and education traverses the nature reserve from Húsabakki, and there is a bird spotting hide in the vicinity, at the small lake of Tjarnartjörn, Another educational track extends from Dalvík to the lake of Hrísatjörn. It is not to late to see the Birdland exhibition at Húsabakki this autum. We are here all days ready to welcome you.

Open in summer 12-17 and in winter by arrangement. Reservation phones for groups are: 466 1551 or 861 8884

An attractive, informative and innovative exhibition for ornithologists of all ages.

The Birdland - exhibition


GPS Points N65° 55' 26.227" W18° 34' 5.113"
Opening period All year
Service Place of interest Place of interest Walking path Bird watching

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  • 620 Dalvík
  • 466-1153, 868-4923
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The crossing between Hrísey and Árskógssandur takes about 15 minutes one way, and the ferry, Sævar, runs several times a day.

14.54 km

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Museum Hvoll in Dalvik

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One room at the museum is dedicated to the earthquake that struck Dalvik in 1934 (6.2 on the Richter scale).

History and Culture

North Iceland

Towns & Villages

Society and the economy have many faces. Whereas agriculture is the mainstay of rural areas, the towns depend upon fishing, industry, trade and a range of services, with each village having its own characteristics though they all prove hospitable hosts. 
The availability of food and accommodation and the possibilities at every location for recreation and entertainment make hopping between the villages informative as well as fun.   
In every case, the residents are lively and ready to celebrate.

Explore map with pictures

Map Akureyri Hrafnagil Grímsey Raufarhöfn Kópasker Þórshöfn Bakkafjörður Húsavík Mývatn Laugar Svalbarðseyri Grenivík Hjalteyri Hauganes Árskógssandur Dalvík Hrísey Ólafsfjörður Siglufjörður Hofsós Hólar Varmahlíð Sauðárkrókur Skagaströnd Blöndós Hvammstangi Laugarbakki Borðeyri