Látrabjarg bird-cliff in the Westfjords is the largest sea-bird cliff in Europe and one of the western most parts of Europe (24°32´3" west). It is often called the western most point if you skip the mid-Atlantic archipelago of Azores. It is up to 441 meters high and 14 km long.
Látrabjarg is considered to be one of the most spectacular sea-bird cliffs in the world and the bird life there is amazing.
Látrabjarg, which is divided into 4 parts: Keflavíkurbjarg, Látrabjarg, Bæjarbjarg og Breiðavíkurbjarg cliffs, is sheer-sided and there is a painted white line to warn people against not falling off the cliff. It is prohibited to cross the line - and I can tell you that you will not even want to cross it as there are puffin holes beneath the ground so close to the edges. I lay on my stomach and looked down at the birds as to not lose balance.
I have never been as close to puffins as I have been at Látrabjarg, it almost felt as if I could touch them. And they were so fearless and tame, knowing that we could not touch them.
The Atlantic puffins are in Iceland from mid May until late in August each year. The largest puffin colony in the world is in Vestmannaeyjar - Westman islands, which is a volcanic island just off the south-shore of Iceland.
All in all there are ca 10 million puffins in Iceland during the summer time!
There are some great photo-opportunities at Látrabjarg to say the least. Látrabjarg is visited by myriads of guests every year and even though it is remote then it is so worth the visit.
The road leading to Látrabjarg is a ca 36 km long gravel road. Remember to fill up on gas before going to Látrabjarg as there is no gas-station in this area.
Don't miss visiting Látrabjarg if you ever find yourself in this remote area of the Westfjords of Iceland. It is just amazing. You can take an 8 Day Self Drive Tour | The West Fjords | Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
There is also a guided tour to Látrabjarg and Rauðasandur operating from May-August by Westfjord Adventures, which I have joined and written a blog about. These tours start from Patreksfjörður and I would recommend joining a tour or two when visiting this area. It is priceless getting local guidance in such areas.
I have written other blogs on the beautiful Westfjords of Iceland and will adding more as I continue with my travels in Iceland next summer.