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HAFNARHOLMI Borgarfjordur Eystri

Region: East Iceland
Coordinates: 65.5465799° N 13.8082045° W

A small island called Hafnarholmi was attached to the mainland by a landfill for a small harbour to shelterthe small fishing vessels of the inhabitants.  It replaced the old harbour of the hamlet, which lies open to the sea.  Bird watchers are welcome to use the shelter down there.

The small, attached island is still teaming with birds during the breeding season, fulmars, kittiwakes, eider ducks, and puffins. In 1997 a staircase was built to make the top of the island easily accessible for bird watchers and those who might want to enjoy the view from up there.

Usually there is no access during the month of May when the birds are nesting, but in June and July, the access is limited to the daytime between 11:00 and 19:00. During August, access is unlimited. It is amazing how close you can get to the birds up there. They do not seem to mind the two-legged visitors at all.

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