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Bird Watchers Interested in Iceland

Iceland is becoming increasingly popular among bird watchers. Six Icelandic companies and associations operating in that field participated in the 2009 Birdfair exposition in England in August to raise the country’s profile as a bird watching destination.

Puffins in Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“There were many guests at the fair and it was a good opportunity to get to know the market and target group and find ways to meet their demands and expectations,” Bryndís Reynisdóttir, the tourism representative of Djúpivogshreppur municipality, told Útherji, the Trade Council of Iceland newsletter.

Reynisdóttir is involved in the project birds.is, which aims to market Djúpivogur in southeast Iceland as a bird watching destination.

Recently, the Association of Bird-Related Tourism was established. “The goal is to firmly place Iceland on the map of foreign bird watchers,” said the association’s chairman, Hrafn Svavarsson.

“By having a booth at a festival like Birdfair we can raise awareness of Iceland and the special conditions which the country has for bird watching,” Svavarsson said.

Participants include Gavia Travel, Ísafold Travel, tourism companies in the West Fjords, Hótel Brimnes and the regional development agency for the region of Thingeyjarsýsla, northeast Iceland, in addition to birds.is.

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