Place of the week – The Memorial of the Great Auk in Reykjanes

The memorial to the last Great Auk (Geirfugl) in Iceland is located near Valahnúkur on Reykjanes Peninsula, closed to Keflavík International Airport.

The memorial of the Great Auk is by the well known artist Todd McGrain and is a part of The Lost Bird Project. Two other Great Auk birds by Todd McGrain can be found in the Zoo in Rom and in Newfoundland near Funk Island.

The last documented pair of Great Auks in Iceland was killed on Eldey Island, on June 3rd, 1844.

Photo Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir.

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