Walking on the edges of the cliff with local guides and enjoying the majestic pristine Icelandic nature is an unforgettable adventure. Látrabjarg is one of the most beautiful natural sites of Iceland, the largest sea bird colony in the Northern Atlantic and marks the western-most point of Europe.
The cliff itself is the habitat of millions of seabirds which can be seen on the walk along the edge of the cliff, such as puffins, razorbills, fulmars, guillemots and many more. The bird season is from early-April to late-July. Látrabjarg is claimed to be the best place in the world to photograph puffins because of how close you can get to them on the cliff. This is rare compared to other puffin sites, since it hasn't been hunted here for decades. As a result the puffin has become extraordinary human friendly. The local guide will take you to an unforgettable hiking tour around the area.
On the way back to Patreksfjörður we will stop at the Heritage Museum at Hnjótur. In this interesting museum we will learn how local people lived in the old days, examine their cultural values, and how they rescued sailors from stranded ships under the steep cliffs.
The tour starts by bus from Westfjords Adventures office in Patreksfjörður, 1-1/2 hour drive to Bjargtangar at Látrabjarg cliff. The hiking is 5-6 hours, hiking distance 14 km, elevation 200 meters. Trip difficulty: Moderate.
Latrabjarg, in the Westfjords, marks the western-most part of Iceland, and in fact, Europe. Hosting millions of birds, it is Europe’s largest bird cliff at 14 km length and a height of 441 meters.
In 1947 Latrabjarg was the site of a famous rescue mission, when Icelandic farmers rescued the 12 surviving members of the British trawler Dhoon that had stranded under the seacliff. This was an astounding deed, and only possible since the local farmers practised egg gathering from the cliff by hanging from a string and used this same string method for heaving the fishermen up 190 meters to safety. A documentary by Oskar Gislason was made about this rescue a year later. During shoots the trawler Sargon stranded and that rescue mission was documented in the film. The film can be seen in Reykjavik.
Starting time : 08:30
Local guidance in English, transportation from/to Patreksfjörður and admission fee to the Heritage Museum at Hnjótur.
Advisable to wear comfortable warm clothing and hiking boots. We recommend that you bring a backpack, snack and water bottle.