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Arctic Tern Arrives in Iceland

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Arctic Tern Arrives in Iceland

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The Arctic tern has arrived in Iceland for the nesting season, RÚV reports. The first sightings of this remarkable migratory bird occurred in Álftanes, not far from Reykjavík, and also in the Mývatn region in Northern Iceland.

The Arctic tern has the longest migration of any creature in the animal kingdom and can fly over 80,000 km (49,700 miles) a year en route from Antarctica to Iceland and Greenland. Studies have shown that these birds, which live an average of 20 – 30 years, fly a distance equivalent to three round trips to the moon over the course of their lifetimes.

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