Neslandavík Bay

Northeastern Region  >  Iceland

A large bay on the northern side of Lake Mývatn. Probably the best spot to find great numbers of waterbirds!

Added* by Bas Engels
Most recent update 12 February 2020


The Neslandavík Bay is located on the northern side of Lake Mývatn and is probably the best spot to find great numbers of waterbirds of the entire lake. Large flocks of resting Tufted Duck, Eurasian Wigeon and Greater Scaup. Other species of waterbird that can be found within the bay are Gadwall, Red-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Red-necked Phalarope, Northern Pintail and Long-tailed Duck. The area is also a good spot for Common Scoter. The bay is known for its rare vagrants and species such as American Wigeon, Common Pochard and Ring-necked Duck have been seen here.

The bay is also a good spot for observing gulls and skuas, like Great Black-backed Gull, Great Skua and Arctic Skua.

The best way to observe the bay is from Sigurgeir's Bird Museum, located just east of the bay. It gives the best views over the lake. The museum is surrounded by low vegetated fields and a great place to observe species like Northern Wheatear and Meadow Pipit. Also Short-eared Owl can be found here and Gyrfalcon can be seen hunting.



The area is best observed from the Sigurgeir's Bird Museum, located just east of the bay. A road leads from the ringroad in the north towards this museum. You can observe the lake from here. You can also follow the ringroad towards west and scan the area from off the road.

Terrain and Habitat

Grassland , Lake



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?



Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


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