From Bird-Watching to Ice Fishing, An Activity to Satisfy Any Visitor

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NEW YORK -- Iceland is paradise found for travelers interested in an active and adventure-filled vacation destination.

Whatever clients' interests might be -- sea kayaking, ice climbing, snowmobiling, cycling -- they probably can do it in Iceland.

Following is a partial list of other activities for individuals or groups:

* Bird-watchers will find a variety of cliff-nesting spe-cies in the West Fjords on Latrabjarg, which is billed as the largest bird cliff in the world.

The Westman Islands are known for their number and types of seabirds and are home to the country's largest puffin population.

* Hiking is a favorite pastime for Icelanders and visitors alike.

Few places in Iceland have marked walking paths, but hikers will revel in the variety of topography ranging from lava to glaciers and sand.

* Exploring the country on horseback is very popular with visitors, and riding tours from one hour to 10 days in length are available.

* Skiers can partake of downhill or cross country at a number of resorts throughout Iceland.

Summer skiing is available at Kerlingarfjoll, located near Hofsjokull glacier.

A ski school is in operation there from the end of June through August.

* Iceland is known for its salmon and trout fishing.

The main season for salmon fishing is the end of June through the middle of September.

Trout-fishing season varies from one lake or river to another, but the normal season is from the end of April through the end of September.

Ice fishing is popular during the winter months.

Many local and U.S. tour operators offer organized programs that are centered on these activities.

For more information, contact the Iceland Tourist Board at (212) 949-2333; fax (212) 983-5260.

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