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North Sailing - Húsavík, Iceland

Gannet (Morus bassanus)


GannetLength: 89 cm

Weight: 2,000-3,200 g

Wingspan: 165-180 cm

Population: 25,400 pairs


The Gannet is the largest seabird around Iceland. It is often called the queen of the Atlantic Ocean because of its elegance. Gannets nest in colonies on rocky islands and cliffs in few places in Iceland. There are two colonies in the northern part of Iceland, Rauðinúpur and Skoruvíkurbjarg. Gannets feed on small fish, which it catches by plunging into the ocean at high speed.


Gannets can go quite long distance foraging and are common in Skjálfandi bay. Nearest colony is Rauðinúpur at the tip of Melrakkaslétta peninsula, 50 – 70 km away.

Awards & Authorisation:

Awarded nationally and internationally since 1995Travel Agency - Authorised by Icelandic Tourist BoardTour Operator - Authorised by Icelandic Tourist Board


  • Wildlife of Skjálfandi Bay
  • Húsavík Original Whale Watching


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