While exploring Langanes you‘ll see a great range of waders, including large numbers of Ringed Plover and Sanderling, Turnstone, Dunlin, and Purple Sandpipers. Kittiwakes are plentiful, with the powerfull Gannet fishing offshore. Scaup, Knot, and both Great Northern and Red-throated Divers are seen well. Large rafts of Eider bobb on the waves, and a Skua or two puts the whole lot up like a Peregrine. Look for Northern Wheatear and Snow Bunting along the road.
The seabird colonies in the cliffs of Skoruvík are spectacular. With Northern Gannet, Kittiwake, Northern Fulmar, Puffin, Razorbill and Common Guillemot, plus the star species, Brünnich’s Guillemot, one of Iceland’s target birds for visitors.
Ytra Lon Farm Lodge is situated in a birders paradise with amazing surroundings. It‘s not at least the quantity of birds that‘s overwhelming. Ptarmigan, Golden Plovers, Artic Terns, Common Snipes and many more species are everywhere.
Situated on the famous Icelandic “Birding Trail”, the birdlife around Ytra Lón is fantastic, with Gyrfalcons, Brünnich’s Guillemots and the world’s third largest Northern Gannet colony, all found near our lodge. In summer, the land is noisy with the calls of breeding wading birds, many of them looking out for the Arctic Foxes which roam the area. It is exhilarating wildlife in a beautiful setting.
Here the viewing platform, the first of it‘s kind in Iceland, gives visitors a unique vantage point from which to view one of Iceland’s preeminent gannet nesting sites. The platform extends some 10 meters out from the cliff that overlooks the Stóri karl column, offering visitors an impressive view of the diverse birdlife of the area.
If you like further encounter with the auks, continue carefully to Fontur at the tip of Langanes. Lie down on your stomach to get excellent close views to the auks.