The Pysju Period

///The Pysju Period

In late-August or in the beginning of September, the chick, or pysja as they are called in Icelandic, starts to get restless

Sea conditions dominate when pysjur leave their nests but when the right time comes, they take off.

Often they land on the sea but since they leave their nest during night, they get diverted by the lights in town and land on the streets, pavements or in gardens instead of on the sea. Fortunately, they have allies in town. Children of all ages rush to the streets at night, walking every street with cardboard boxes, collecting pysjur that have lost their ways.

The following day, the pysjur are released at a suitable spot, e.g. on Eiði or in Höfðavík. There they get thrown up in the air, as high as possible where they usually come to their senses and fly off to sea.

This unique rescue operation has caught the attention of tourists and been praised by nature and animal lovers around the world. The Pysju Period usually lasts for about 30 days.