Wildlife

Three mammal species thrive on the peninsula. The Arctic foxes have always been around, but minks escaped from fur farms and became an integral part of nature in the 1930’s. The small field mouse is thought to have followed the settlers in the 9th and 10th centuries.

A varied array of bird species is to be seen within and outside of urban areas on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Among the wilderness birds are Ptarmigans, Northern Wheaters, Snow Buntings, Golden Plowers, Whimbrels, Ravens and various swimmers and wetland birds like Mallards, Greylag Geese, Great Northern Divers and Eurasian Oystercatchers; the birds of prey include both Merlins and Gyrfalcons.

Marine birds are common on the Reykajnes Peninsula. A number of high sea cliffs attract many individuals of different species during the breeding season. In addition, gulls and Arctic terns are a common sight.

All protective rules apply to these birds. History reveals a sad example to learn from: The extermination of the Great Auk. The last individual was killed in
Iceland, on June 3rd 1844.

 

  • Reykjanes information center
  • Duus - culture centre
  • Duusgata 2-8
  • 230 Reykjanesbær, Iceland
  • (+354) 421 3796
  • info@visitreykjanes.is