Birding trail in the north west

The Icelandic Seal Center has taken on the role of project manager in the project Birding Trail in the North West. The goal of the project is to build the foundation for the making of a birding trail in the North West part of Iceland, identifying interesting birdwatching spots in the region and making them accessible for bird lovers.

The project is cooperation between stakeholders in the tourism industry in the region, The Icelandic Seal Center, The Tourism Department Of the University at Holar as well as Náttúrustofa Norðurland vestra. 

The project formally started at the end of 2013 and first phase will be completed at the end of 2014.

The project is funded by Vaxtarsamningur Norðurland Vestra.

Engaging children with the cultural value of seals: a puppet show collaboration.

With funding from Menningarráðs Norðurlands vestra, Selasetur Íslands and Grunnskóli Húnaþings vestra have commenced an exciting new educational and culturally focused project. The primary outcome of this project will be a puppet show, written, designed and produced by the year 3 and 4 school students.

Project manager on behalf of the Seal Center is Dr. Leah Burns

Sandra Granquist presents research results at Oikos 2014

Sandra Granquist seal specialist at the Icelandic Seal Center will present our latest research findings on the impact of tourists on seals at the Oikos Conference. The Conference is to be held at the Swedish Natural Museum, February 3rd-5th 2014.

Further information on the conference can be found here.

Sandra Granquist gives a seminar at ETOUR

Sandra Granquist, who runs the biological department of the Seal center, gave a seminar at the The European Tourism Research Institute (ETOUR) at Mid Sweden University in Östersund last week. The seminar was called “Balancing use and protection of wildlife – An interdisciplinary approach for biology and tourism research” and was about the interdisciplinary research Sandra has been working on at the Seal center together with Per-Åke Nilsson, a former employee of the Seal center. The study is about the importance of combining results from ecological research and tourism research for wildlife tourism mangement purposes. This research is part of a licentiate thesis that Sandra defended at the zoological department of Stockholm University, Sweden in November.

New information web page

A new information webpage for the Hunathing vestra has been opened. Now you can find information on things to see and do in the area as well as a guide to accomodation and dining. On the site you can also find listings of events and happenings in the Hunathing vestra area as wells as coverage of the local company of the month.

New Managing Director

Unnur Valborg Hilmarsdóttir is the new Managing Director of the Seal Center: Unnur has 20 years of operational and managerial experience as assistant general manager of Hreyfing Health club, general manager of Dale Carnegie in Iceland and founder and owner of Vendum, a leading executive coaching company in Iceland. Unnur has been apart of several entreprenaural projects as well. Unnur has a B.Ed degree from the University of Iceland, Diploma in business and administration from the same Univeristy and is an Executive coach from Reykjavik University and Coach U. Unnur is an ACC certified coach with ICF, International Coach Federation.  

The Great Seal Count 2013

The Great Seal Count

The annual Great Seal Count was conducted by the Icelandic Seal Center on Sunday 21st of July. During the day, the coastline of Vatnsnes and Heggstaðarnes was covered by volunteers and staff of the Seal center as together we counted all the seals that could be found in the area. The coastline was divided into smaller areas, so that everyone could chose a suitable distance. Everyone agreed that taking part in The Great Seal Count had been a great experience! The weather stayed fine for us and afterwards participants enjoyed offered coffee, cake and hot soup at the center.

Many thanks to all of you who participated and helped to make this a great event.

If you wish to join us next year, please register your participation by e-mailing us:  or dial 451-2345.


Please observe that due to safety reasons, The Great Seal Count is not suitable for children under the age of 5 and children between 5 and 15 years may only take part in the company of adults.