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. There are six colonies in Iceland. The estimated population around Iceland is 30,000 pairs.
On Langanes peninsula, there is a nice colony of Northern Gannets on a large rock out at sea close to the cliffs called Stóri Karl.
They are competent divers, diving from heights of up to 30m and getting to speeds of up to 100 km/h.
All photos © Florian Bestel