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Iceland

When: Jun 24, 2018 12:00 AM to Jul 04, 2018 12:00 AM
Contact:
Dan van den Broek
971-222-6105

June 2018 | Isolated in the North Atlantic, Iceland is a country whose name rightfully conjures an image rugged and ethereal wildness.

Atlantic Puffin by Martin Cooper
Atlantic Puffin by Martin Cooper

** Trip Full, but sign up for Wait list below as cancellations DO occur!**

 

Isolated in the North Atlantic, Iceland is a country whose name rightfully conjures an image rugged and ethereal wildness. Natural forces clash to create spectacular sites: volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers and surging seas. Iceland also has a fascinating cultural history. The great Icelandic Sagas tell of how the Vikings settled the island beginning in the 9th century. Despite its prosperity today, Iceland remains the most sparsely-populated nation in Europe, and the landscape is still dominated by nature. On this Ecotour, we’ll immerse ourselves in the natural wonders of Iceland. In addition to birding, we’ll explore some of Iceland’s dramatic volcanic landforms and learn about the country’s history and culture. This far-flung island is the breeding site for numerous seabirds and waterfowl. Several million Atlantic Puffins nest on sea cliffs around the island, as do Razorbills, Thick-billed Murres, and Northern Gannets. In the starkly-beautiful Westfjords region, we’ll hike into the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve to see White-tailed Eagles and search for Iceland’s only native land mammal, the Arctic Fox. In northern Iceland we’ll venture out to sea in hopes of spotting the Blue Whale, one of nine whale species can be seen here. Also in the north of the island is Lake Myyvatn. This is a spectacular birding site, where waterfowl gather by the thousands to breed and feed. Some species we hope to see there include Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Goose, Long-tailed Duck and the powerful Gyrfalcon

Fee: $4,395 members / $4,795 non-members Deposit: $2,200 

Leader: Dr. Ivan Phillipsen, Portland Audubon Trip Leader, local guides

Group size: limited to 14 participants

Fee Includes: All ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, breakfasts, lunches, local guide fees and tips, entrance fees, excursions and the services of your skilled leaders. 

Not included: Airfare to & from Portland, and dinners.

 
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