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Birds Up Close
Sjósigling’s Icelandic Bird Museum and Restaurant
See video here
When you take a whale-watching trip, you cannot help but notice the number of birds that swoop and swirl around. So many different varieties, too. Getting close to them is quite another matter, though.
Sjósigling, who have been running successful whale-watching trips from Reykjavik’s Old Harbour for some years decided, on seeing how popular the birdlife is with visitors, to create one of the most unusual and effective museums to present the birds for everyone–adults and children alike–to see close-up.
What better way to see them without disturbing nesting or hatchlings? The concept has proven very popular, with whole families visiting and enjoying the presentation together.

Fact-filled folders
Visitors can follow each numbered bird in the displays using a folder containing a colour photo and thorough details of each one, such as its name in 12 different languages, the number of eggs each has, their size, wingspan and weight. The folder also shows their nesting locations, when their breeding period occurs, where the birds are to be found in both summer and winter, and numerous other details.

Feed your mind–not the birds
The museum has over a hundred stuffed birds presented in brightly-lit displays along with nests, eggs and young. So effective is the taxidermy and the variety of poses that one could be forgiven for thinking the birds had just been frozen in time.
As a natural history museum, this beautiful and specialised exhibition is very professionally presented. For anyone interested in birdlife in any way, it should be on your ‘cannot miss’ list. It’s very enjoyable and educational. This is the kind of exhibit that can inspire young minds to learn more about nature and the beauty of its creation.

Watch the whales–and find the birds
When taking a whale-watching trip after visiting the museum, it will make it much more fulfilling, as you will be able to recognise the birds and will have a better understanding of their lifestyle. For children, it can make a fascinating game to see how many different types they can spot on their trip to see the whales and dolphins.

Food for the body, too
The Bird Museum and restaurant are located right on the corner of the Old Harbour downtown and are open daily. The restaurant is a comfortable place to relax over a lunch, coffee or snack, surrounded by beautiful photos of the birds and whales. Tickets can also be purchased here for Sjósigling‘s whale-watching tours that run on a daily basis from May to the end of September, weather permitting.

Absolutely outstanding! A complete surprise as we walked along the harbor. Beautiful exhibits and extremely well designed graphics for each bird in the guidebook. I‘m coming back again tomorrow.

—Robert Mussey, Boston, USA
(Furniture conservation expert)


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