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Reykjavik, Iceland (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Reykjavik, Iceland

Map of Reykjavik, Iceland

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) Redwing (Turdus iliacus) Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)

Capital of Iceland



7/8/2021: We arrived in Iceland after a holy firestorm of coronavirus travel nightmare. We were supposed to fly to Seattle for a connection at 11:30AM, but luckily, I noticed while checking in that our flight was cancelled, and we would have to fly at 6AM. Our layover went from 1.5 hours to nearly 8 hours. Iceland Air never notified us, and I could have easily missed the change. This is after the wedding that we were supposed to go to in the UK was postponed due to border closures.

After a two hour ordeal to acquire our rental car, we drove straight over to a nearby lighthouse. It was very cold and windy at that spot, so I was starting to get nervous about 10 days of crappy weather. We got into the car and rushed next to the Fagradalsfjall Volcano. It is erupting in all the photos, but in real life it is just a couple of steaming black rocks covered mostly by fog.

We went into the city after that to work off the jet lag.

7/9/2021: Walked around the lake in the middle of the capital today before heading off to the north on our circumnavigation of Iceland.

Next Visit (Snaefellsnes Peninsula: 7/9/2021)

Species Recorded (29)

Birds ( 29 )

Shearwaters and Petrels ( Procellariidae )
Northern Fulmar - Fulmarus glacialis
Manx Shearwater - Puffinus puffinus

Boobies and Gannets ( Sulidae )
Northern Gannet - Morus bassanus

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Green-winged Teal - Anas crecca
Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
Graylag Goose - Anser anser
Tufted Duck - Aythya fuligula
Greater Scaup - Aythya marila
Whooper Swan - Cygnus cygnus
Common Eider - Somateria mollissima

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Common Ringed Plover - Charadrius hiaticula

Oystercatchers ( Haematopodidae )
Eurasian Oystercatcher - Haematopus ostralegus

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Common Snipe - Gallinago gallinago
Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus
Common Redshank - Tringa totanus

Jaegers and Skuas ( Stercorariidae )
Parasitic Jaeger - Stercorarius parasiticus

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Black-headed Gull - Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Herring Gull - Larus argentatus
Lesser Black-backed Gull - Larus fuscus
Glaucous Gull - Larus hyperboreus
Great Black-backed Gull - Larus marinus
Black-legged Kittiwake - Rissa tridactyla
Arctic Tern - Sterna paradisaea

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Rock Pigeon - Columba livia

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Redwing - Turdus iliacus
Eurasian Blackbird - Turdus merula

Wagtails and Pipits ( Motacillidae )
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris

Cardueline Finches and Allies ( Fringillidae )
Common Redpoll - Acanthis flammea




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