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The Youth Hostel Osar is located on the eastern side of the Vatnsnes peninsula, just south of Hvitserkur.  From there a path leads down to the coast, where there is an interesting seal rookery at the estuary of lake Sigridarstadavatn.  This area is also accessible from the parking near Hvitserkur, but there people have to be carefuld decending the steep steps.  Often the visitors see more than a hundred seals basking on the beach.  During the breeding period of the eider ducks in there colony en-route from Osar, the people are asked not to disturb the nesting birds (May-June).

During the seal count in the area on August 25th in 2007, 194 were counted.

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