Skalanes Nature Reserve

  • Port

    Eskifjordur, Iceland

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type


  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


    Price over $151
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 6 Hours

  • Meals Included


From the pier, you will begin your journey on a regular coach, eventually switching to a specially-adapted 4x4 truck for F-road driving. This is an outstanding opportunity to visit one of Iceland's most remote places -- few Icelanders have had this same pleasure.

Your journey begins with a drive to Þórarinsstaðir for a look at an important archaeological site, complete with artifacts from the earliest years of Iceland's settlement.

Continue your panoramic drive through a green valley surrounded by tall mountains. The valley is dotted with lonely farms abandoned long ago, reminding the traveler that this peaceful landscape was once home to a number of families.

Your destination is the Skálanes Heritage Center. The Skálanes Nature Reserve covers 3,000 acres, and the goal here has been to create a site where the Iceland's environment and cultural history can be researched and interpreted while maintaining a model for sustainable tourism. The area is home to about 47 different species of birds during the summertime. Keep an eye out for the seals and reindeers that are sometimes spotted here, and on rare occasions a whale can be seen off the coast. Eider ducks nest in great numbers around the pond.

Follow your guide on a half-mile walk to the coastal cliffs at Skálanes -- they are almost 2,000 feet tall. This brings you within very close proximity to the nesting seabirds.

Enjoy refreshments before heading back to Eskifjörður and the ship.


Many birds start migrating away around mid-August. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. This area is very remote, not all guides are professional but all have excellent knowledge of the area. The average walking speed of the group varies; the guide stops along the way for short talks.Parents traveling with children under the age of 3 must rent a child's car seat from the tour operator. Please see the EXC Tours staff on board. You cannot use a car seat from the USA or elsewhere as it will not meet the stricter European safety standards.