The establishment of an Eagle Center in Reykhólahreppur municipality in the southern West Fjords, an idea introduced by local farmer Bergsveinn Reynisson, was discussed at a promotional meeting held in Reykhólar this week.
According to Reynisson, not a day passes without an eagle being spotted in Gilsfjördur fjord. Eagles are more common in the region than busses, Reynisson said, adding people should make up their minds which they prefer, ruv.is reports.
For the past two summers Reynisson and other eagle enthusiasts have tried to establish a web camera in an eagle’s nest though the model failed both times. But Reynisson said he is certain they will succeed in the end and the camera could become the Eagle Center’s main tourist attraction.
The center would also offer extensive information about the eagle, which has become interwoven with the Icelandic folk belief over the centuries.
Reynisson’s idea also includes establishing bird watching points around the countryside equipped with high-quality telescopes.
The proposal was well-received at yesterday’s meeting and, according to Reynisson, the Eagle Center will materialize at some point in the future, but it is still unclear when that will happen.
Reynisson first mentioned his idea in a radio interview two years ago, when locals were trying to establish something unique for the municipality.