The Bird Cliffs of Latrabjarg | Westfjords Hiking Tour
Secure your place on this fantastic hiking tour discovering Iceland's many beautiful seabirds at the dramatic cliffs of Látrabjarg in the Westfjords. Walking right up to the edge of these towering nesting grounds, expert local guides will be sure to make this tour amidst the pristine Icelandic nature is an unforgettable adventure.
Látrabjarg is one of the most beautiful natural sites of Iceland. Not only is it the largest seabird colony in the whole of the Northern Atlantic, but it also marks the western-most point of Europe. This is, truly, "Land's End" (at least continentally speaking). The landscape surrounding Látrabjarg is easy to enjoy; lush green meadows, dark red cliff faces and the roaring blue waves of the oceans.
The cliff faces act as the nesting grounds for millions of seabirds, with such species as puffins, razorbills, fulmars and guillemots all calling the rocky crevasses home. The seabirds can be seen by walking close up to the cliff edge—there, you will gain a fantastic view as these winged creatures soar and swoop their way across the panorama.
For these reasons and more, Látrabjarg is widely considered to be the best place on earth for photographing puffins, especially considering how close guests can actually get to the birds. One of the major reasons as to why this is possible lies in the fact that puffins haven't been hunted at Látrabjarg for decades, meaning the birds are far more friendly towards humans.
The bird season is from late-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. Here, the local guide will be taking you on a mesmerising hiking trail.
The tour starts by bus from Westfjords Adventures office in Patreksfjörður, which is then followed by a 90-minute drive to Bjargtangar, a lighthouse marking the westernmost point of Iceland and Europe. Here, you will spend 5—6 hours exploring and birdwatching at the Látrabjarg cliffs, covering a total distance of 14 km. On the way back to Patreksfjörður, you will also make a stop at the Heritage Museum in Hnjótur to learn more about the history and culture of this fascinating region.
So don't delay! Hurry now and you too can experience the many joys of hiking and birdwatching at the Látrabjarg cliffs in the Westfjords of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.