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Icelandic Falcon Center Opens

The inaugural meeting of the Icelandic Falcon Center, founded in the memory of local bird watcher Theodór Gunnlaugsson, was held at the Gljúfrastofa visitors’ center at Ásbyrgi in Vatnajökull National Park, where the Falcon Center will also be located, on Tuesday.


A taxidermied falcon in the Húsavík District Cultural Center. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

The canyon Jökulsárgljúfur, which is close by, is the falcon’s main habitat, as stated on the municipality Langanesbyggd’s website.

As part of the Northeast Iceland Bird Trail, the Falcon Center is to enhance bird watching and also create employment and spread knowledge and respect for the falcon and its prey, the ptarmigan, which, according to legend, is the falcon’s sister in disguise.

Vatnajökull National Park, the Northeast Iceland Nature Center, Atthing – the regional development agency for Thingeyjarsýsla county, and the Northeast Iceland Bird Trail are collaborating on the project in consultancy with the Icelandic Institute of Natural History.

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