You’ve probably heard that Iceland is a great place to visit for nature travelers. It’s true! This small island nation in the North Atlantic is like nowhere else in the world. Iceland’s combination of geologic wonders, abundant and ever-present bird life, and a subtle but fascinating ora make it a delightful country to explore.
Iceland emerged from the sea less than 20 million years ago as a great cluster of lava-spewing volcanic fissures. During the last Ice Age, the entire island was covered in thousands of feet of glacial ice. All life on the island today has descended from colonizing plants and animals that arrived after the Ice Age, which ended only 12,000 years ago. The plants and wildlife of Iceland are an interesting mix of European and North American species, as well as species representing either boreal or arctic environments. The low human population density on the island has allowed for nature to dominate Iceland’s beautiful landscapes.
What this far-flung land lacks in bird species diversity, it makes up for in sheer avian spectacle. Birds are singing, nesting, and foraging seemingly everywhere you go in Iceland. Millions of puffins and other seabirds crowd seaside cliffs while shorebirds and waterbirds are practically underfoot in many fields and wetlands. Their songs and cries fill the air 24 hours a day in the perpetual summer daylight. Naturalists who also love geology will get their fill of stunning volcanic landscapes, many of which have been sculpted over millenia by glaciers or the pounding sea.
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Cost: $4,795 per person, double occupancy; $1400 single supplement. Limit 14 people.
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