Planning to visit Iceland in Summer 2018, mostly May end - June mid. At this time there will be more than 20 hours of sunlight. The best time for a birding trip is definitely late May – June when all migrants have arrived and birds are very conspicuous, defending their territories. Planning to spend 8-9 days doing a full circle. Self drive road trip keeping birdwatching & whale watching in mind.
Below is the tentative plan :
Day 1 - Arrive at Keflavik International Airport. If possible go whale watching in evening. Sleep in Reykjavik.
Day 2 - Þingvellir, Geysir waterfalls Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, The Black sand beach Reynisfjara. Sleep in Vik.
Day 3 - Skaftafell nature reserve, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Sleep in Hofn.
Day 4 - Hengifoss, Dettifoss & other Waterfall. Sleep in Myvtan area.
Day 5 - Myvtan area & Husavik for whale watching
Day 6 - Myvtan area
Day 7 - Return back. Night near Varmahlio.
Day 8 - Back to Reykjavik. Sightseeing on way. Night at Reykjavik.
Day 9 - Whale watching at Reykjavik. Depart from Keflavik International Airport by afternoon or evening.
Target birds will be Gyr Falcon, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Grey Phalarope, Ptarmigan, Harlequin Duck, Red-necked Phalarope, Manx Shearwater, King Eider, Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Brünnich's Guillemot, Atlantic Puffin
Planning to have accommodation in Campsite wherever possible.