One of the best ways to explore the countryside is with an experienced and knowledgeable local guide. If nature is your passion, the Hotel Rangá staff can arrange a tour of the local terrain with a local expert ecologist who will explain in detail the fragile ecosystems and the captivating flora and fauna found in Southern Iceland.
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Magnus H. Jóhannsson, a local Ph.D. botanist and ecologist, often accompanies visitors on nature tours and provides an unforgettable insight into the region’s diverse and intriguing landscape. From flowers to fish, waterfalls to whales, Magnus offers a wealth of local knowledge and delivers it in an entertaining and informative manner:
“Throughout the centuries, due to overuse and the island’s harsh climate, Iceland’s ecosystems have deteriorated and the wind has taken a toll. Today, Icelanders have worked hard to halt the most severe erosion. In many places we have successfully restored degraded ecosystems, bringing new beauty and function back to landscapes that once were man-made deserts. Thankfully we can now see positive signs of renewal, for example in the spring we can spot, Vetrarblóm or the Winter Flower (Saxifraga oppositifolia). It’s not very tall or showy, but look closely and you’ll find it’s quite beautiful. Like many of Iceland’s hardy plants, it’s also surprisingly delicate.
Whilst out and about on a nature tour you will also see many interesting birds or our beloved Golden Plover. To Icelanders this bird, the Lóa, with its characteristic song, is a sure sign of spring. Every Icelander knows the song about the Lóa, “Lóan er komin,” which thaws the frozen heart of winter and tells us that better times are ahead.”
Each nature tour is different depending on the time of year, weather conditions and of course the interests of the visitor. Why not take time outdoors getting under the skin of Iceland’s ever changing ecology. Book a nature tour with Magnus and experience a personal overview of this complex and enthralling natural environment.
This time we are ending with the song – Lóan er komin.