You might not be able to travel to Iceland at the moment, but luckily there are other ways to experience its spectacular nature and peaceful atmosphere from wherever you are. So, let us bring Iceland to you.
Tuning into a live stream of an Icelandic harbour with the waves rolling in or browsing photos of Icelandic birds as they return to the island to nest can be like taking a breath of fresh sub-arctic air from your sofa. We have put together a collection of live streams as well as Instagram accounts and Facebook pages for distant Icelandophiles who are craving some Icelandic nature and birdlife.
Go Birdwatching in Iceland
Being a sub-arctic island, Iceland doesn’t have too much variety when it comes to native animals – except birds. Hundreds of species come to the island to nest in the spring, making it the ideal season for birdwatching. Even if you can’t go birdwatching in Iceland right now, you can follow along with a couple of nesting birds from the comfort of your own home. If you’re lucky, you may even catch their eggs hatching on screen!
Watch Blackbird Eggs Hatch Live
One Icelandic television program has set up a live stream of a blackbird nest where one hardworking parent is incubating three eggs. There are over 2,000 pairs of the Eurasian blackbird in Iceland, called a svartþröstur in Icelandic. Their tiny light-blue eggs are about the size of a 10-króna coin, measuring around 2.7cm (1in) across. The birds most often lay 3-5 eggs, which they incubate for 13-15 days before they hatch. Tune into this feed, and you may even see it happen!
Live Stream a Raven’s Nest
If you’re an Edgar Allan Poe fan, you’ll like this live feed of a raven couple that has been nesting on top of a South Iceland hardware store since 2012, delighting viewers as they raise their chicks each spring. In Icelandic folklore ravens are often portrayed as helpers of men and even wise messengers – so you never know what you could learn from this feed.
Fill Your Social Media With Icelandic Birds
If you want to follow along with Icelandic birdlife on your socials, Instagram offers plenty of high-quality photos of Icelandic birds in their natural environment.
Here are two of our favourite Instagram pages for birdlife in Iceland:
Finally, if you want to brighten up your Facebook feed with some Icelandic birds, here are a couple of page suggestions:
Birding Iceland Facebook page.
Icelandic birds Facebook group.
Bask in the Beauty of Icelandic Nature
We all can probably agree that the main reason people visit Iceland is to experience its spectacular nature. From moss-covered lava fields and dramatic black sand beaches to impressive waterfalls, Iceland’s natural environment is a collection of some of the rarest and most outstanding natural wonders in the world.
Thanks to technology, you can experience some of these wonders even while you are at home. Of course, nothing compares to being there, but until you can visit us, you can at least bring Iceland to your home virtually.
Sight-See in Iceland
Not sure when you’ll be able to visit Reykjavík or Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon? The next best thing is to enjoy them live from your living room.
Are you a sucker for a good ocean view? Here are few live streams of boats coming into Icelandic harbours.
Is Reykjavík’s Hallgrímskirkja church on your bucket list? Or you might be missing the world’s northernmost capital? Then this is the live stream for you:
Fill Your Social Media With Icelandic Nature
A lot of you might already be following along with Icelandic nature on your socials (We certainly are). Here are a few of our favourite accounts to follow:
And of course, our own Instagram page:
Finally, if you want to brighten up your Facebook feed with some Icelandic nature, here are a couple of page suggestions: