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9. Vík to Dyrhólaey

See also Discover Iceland  >  Galleries  >  Seabirds
and Discover Iceland  >  Nature  >  Fauna  >  Birds
and Discover Iceland  >  Galleries  >  Puffins


This region is open to the sea and sands alternate with marshlands and sea cliffs. The southernmost point of Iceland, Dyrhólaey, is there. Low fronts from the south travel inland from the coast there, bringing with them strong gales and large amounts of precipitation. Just east of the small town of Vík is one of the largest arctic tern colonies in Iceland. There is also a multitude of fulmars that nest in the cliffs above the town. On the mountain, Reynisfjall, there is a large puffin colony. Some sea hens nest on Reynisdrangar, the name for the sea rocks just off the coast from Reynisfjall. At Dyrhólaey, there is quite a large puffin and arctic tern colony. Other species worth mentioning are sea hens and other sea bird species. An abundance of heath land birds and wading birds also nest in this region. The great skua and skua nest on the sands along the coast. Marshland bird species nest in mires inland from the coast.

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