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“Bird Photographer's Paradise!”

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Látrabjarg bird cliffs are one of the main reasons I went to Iceland. I'm a Puffin lover but Látrabjarg is much more than Puffins. There are so many different types of Gulls, Fulmars, Razorbills, Guillemots, etc. We stayed in Patreksfjörður, about an hour and a half drive over winding, dirt roads, with just enough space for one car. However, there are pull-outs to let others pass. There were only 2 spots along the road to Látrabjarg that I would consider rather frightening. Driving with caution should make it easier on the nerves.

Once at Látrabjarg bird cliffs, there is parking, and the first day visiting, the Puffins were right on the edge of the cliff next to the parking area. There was wind, but not too strong. It was sunny with blue skies but very cold. The Cliffs are amazingly steep and filled with all sorts of birds. Many of the birds were catching the wind currents and it was fun to watch.

The second day we drove to the cliffs all the birds had migrated way up the hill so it was quite a walk. Fortunately there are foot holds and some minor "stairs" to help along the way. There is a line marking the "Do Not Cross" areas of the cliffs for everyone's safety. This day the wind was howling and it was extremely cold. Fortunately we had heavy jackets, waterproof pants over our jeans, gloves, and hats that covered our ears. There were fewer Puffins at close range (3 feet) than the day before but the Razorbills were very close, as were the Fulmars.

Towards the end of the 2nd day the Puffins started arriving down toward the parking area so those people didn't need to walk far. We were toward the end of June and didn't see any Puffins with fish in their mouths like we did in Bakkagerði in Borgarfjörður Eystri, the Eastern Fjords. There the Puffins were so close you could almost touch them and they had lots of fish hanging out of their mouths. See my review of that area.

NOTE: The closest bathroom facility is 2 km down the hill from the cliffs. There are NO facilities at the Látrabjarg cliffs.
Also, if you have a tough time climbing and the birds are further up the hill, the trip might not be for you. It can be very hard on the knees.

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Reviewed February 12, 2013

The view, the scent, the quantity of birds. It blew my mind! I went there with my two sons and I think this will live in their memory forever. The road partly gravel but it gives you more time to enjoy the scenery.

Thank Odinn S
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Cliffs are really a monument. We were there in mid-September, enjoying a perfect sunny day. Unfortunately puffins were already gone but we could enjoy some interesting birds. Wind is sometimes so strong you really think you are going to fall down and, believe me, those cliffs are really impressive. Definitely, prepare yourself to have a bumpy drive to Latrabjarg and to be rewarded with one the most beautiful natural places you can see in your whole life.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Having seen puffins before from afar, this was a fantastic up-close experience! We stayed at the nearby Breidavik Guest House and went to the bird cliffs after dinner on a mid-July night. All the birds and puffins were returning home from their work day at sea. We saw thousands of them and were torn between walking the cliffs versus sitting and admiring the puffins in so many spots. The drive over wasn't so bad, in our opinion, so do not hesitate to make the trip.

Thank swimisland
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

These cliffs will take your breath away! They represent the absolute westernmost tip of Europe---you're truly at the end of the "world" looking west. (Supposedly on a very clear day, you can see the coast of Greenland.)
We went fully expecting to see our first puffins of the trip--there was not one to be found (mid-morning, mid-August visit.) However, we quickly forgot about birdwatching (found plenty of puffins 3 days later in the south) when the cliffs themselves are so monumental. (And a little frightening, when you get up close---prepare to crawl on your stomach if you want to peer over the edge...!) The warning signs at the parking lot - one shows a stickman falling off a cliff, the other tells you camping is prohibited since strong winds can blow tents right off the ground - definitely make you cautious approaching the crumbling, thankfully-unfenced edges. But man, what jaw-dropping beauty and remote desolation!
Worth the drive over truly miserable unpaved roads (like so many roads in the Westfjords region.)

2  Thank Chris B
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