Grimsey is a unique island when it comes to sea birds. The island is an oasis in the north Atlantic ocean and its cliffs are a special haven for sea birds such as the Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis), Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle), Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla),Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica), Razorbill (Alca torda) and Murre.
Grimsey is a great place for birding since nearly all of the main wader, moorland and seabirds that visit Iceland each year can be found in Grimsey during the summer.
The cliffs on the east side of the island are highest ranging from 60 to 100 meters. The inhabitants of the island have climbed and harvested eggs down those steep dangerous cliffs for centuries, although highly reduced in recent decades. Please note that none of the species are endangered and the amount of eggs taken has no effect on the species survival.
We want you to experience this remarkable tradition, where a local will climb down the cliffs (we can not offer you a chance to climb down yourself, sorry, only do-able for specially trained locals with appropriate safety equipment). Before the egg hunting, we will tell you all about the birds on the island and you’ll get a unique chance to photograph the birds. Each tour will be limited to only 10 persons and each person will receive a seabird egg. As you will experience first hand, the birds wont like your plans.. at all!
The tour is available from 15. May – 5. June 2019 between 12:30 and 15:00. Please note that the ferry sails only on selected days of the week, check out the accommodation in Grimsey Island.
You’ll find more information on bird species in Grímsey at http://www.akureyri.is/grimsey-en/moya/news/birdwatching-and-bird-exhibition
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Please Note! Take good care not to go too near the edge of the coastal line as the nest burrowing of the puffins has made the ground loose and hollow in some places.