Nature and Heritage Research & Educational Centre.

An Independent Nature Reserve


Skálanes sits within a 1250 hectare (3089 acre) independent nature reserve containing habitats and ecosystems representative of the East fjords region. Learning is central to the development of Skálanes and is encouraged and supported by the centre. The site and centre is available as a space where people can interact with nature, history and each other to develop ideas and be exposed to new ones. The open landscape, abundant wildlife, and rich history - all to help facilitate learning and inspiration. Anybody interested in birds will be rewarded with close encounters of some of the 47 species that use the site each summer. The ponds around Skálanes are home to a eider duck colony and it is possible to follow their day-to-day activities during the nesting season. Other bird species includes the Black-tailed Godwit, Red-necked Phalarope, Golden Plover, Merlin and you may even be lucky to observe Europe’s largest falcon, the Gyr Falcon. The mountains and hillsides surrounding Skálanes is home to wildlife such as reindeer, arctic fox and mink. Something something about research

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Heritage and Archaeology

Within the reserve there are at least 80 archaeological sites, which are thought to be evidence of continuous habitation of the land in this area since the settlement of Iceland over 1000 years ago. Many of the remains are now covered with vegetation and make the perfect place to rest for a while and contemplate the subsistence lifestyles of the people that lived from these lands in the not so distant past.

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a place apart

Every year groups of students from over the planet stay with us to study and learn.  They are from diverse fields and backgrounds and during their stay they live and work together with assistance from the staff and their professors or expedition leaders.