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North Sailing - Húsavík, Iceland

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)


Lesser Black-backed GullLength: 52-54 cm

Weight: 950-1,100 g

Wingspan: 135-155 cm

Population: 25,000 pairs


Lesser Black-backed Gulls started to nest in Iceland early in the last century. Now they breed in most parts of Iceland but the largest colonies are in the southwest. Lesser Black-backed Gulls nest in areas which are not to vegetated. They are migratory and one of the first migrants to appear each spring. Lesser Black-backed Gulls feed on a variety of seafood, discards from fisheries as well as invertebrates on land.


Lesser Black-backed Gull is not common in the area but can usually be seen in Húsavík and out on the bay. The main nesting colonies are by the river Skjálfandafljót.

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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