Information about Látrabjarg

Látrabjarg, in the Westfjords, marks the western-most point of both Iceland and Europe.Wikimedia. Creative Commons. Credit: ProgressChrome. 

Látrabjarg, in the Westfjords, marks the western-most point 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 Látrabjarg was the site of a famous rescue mission when Icelandic farmers rescued the 12 surviving members of the British trawler “Dhoon” after they stranded under the sea cliffs. The rescue was an astounding deed, only possible because the local farmers practised egg gathering from the cliffs. Using the same methods,  the farmers hung from swings in order to heave the fishermen up 190 meters to safety.

A documentary by Oskar Gislason was made about this rescue a year later. During the shoot, the trawler “Sargon” stranded in what would be a miraculous repeat of incidents.  That rescue mission was documented in the film also which can be seen today in Reykjavik.

Látrabjarg is home to a wide variety of birds, in large parts thanks to the shelter and seclusion the cliffs provide as nesting grounds. The area is also completely free of Arctic Foxes, leaving the birds without a predator. Guests here can see such birdlife as; Skuas, Arctic Terns, Guillemots, Eider Ducks and, of course, the Atlantic Puffin. Puffins can be found at Látrabjarg from May until late August.

Látrabjarg is beloved by birdwatchers and hikers alike, sporting fantastic and isolated trails that truly demonstrate Iceland’s penchant for tranquillity. One of the best ways to access these hiking trails is by renting your own vehicle and driving from the capital, Reykjavik. This will take approximately 6 hours, and you will need to be fully fueled before departure (there are no petrol stations along the way).

 

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Attractions nearby Látrabjarg

Breiðavík

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by: Jóna Þórunn. Breiðavík is a beach in the Westfjords, near the very popu...

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Patreksfjörður

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons, by Emstrur Located in the Westfjords of Iceland, Patreksfjörður is a charming village of approxima...

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Rauðasandur

The beach by Latrabjarg cliff, Europe's highest birdcliff and Europe's westernmost part, is called Rauðasandur. It is rare for its pale re...

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Rauðisandur Beach

Wikimedia. Creative Commons. Credit:  Nojhan.  Rauðisandur (Red Sands) is a 10-kilometre red sand beach found in the south of Icel...

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Tálknafjörður

Between Patreksfjörður and Bíldudalur is the village of Tálknafjörður, in the southern region of the Westfjords. Despi...

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Bíldudalur

Surrounded by layered, flat top mountains, Bíldudalur is an attractive fishing village settled on the fjord, Arnarfjörður. This fjord-...

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Arnarfjörður

Arnarfjordur is the second-largest fjord of the Wesfjords and is known as one of the most beautiful of the fjords, due to its diverse landscape, majes...

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Hrafnseyri

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by TommyBee Hrafnseyri is an old town in the Westfjords that dates back to the Settlement Era and has link...

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Kirkjubólsdalur

Kirkjubolsdalur is a valley in the Westfjords. The river Kirkjubolsa runs through the valley. The valley  is a good hiking or biking trail, as i...

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Þingeyri

Þingeyri is a village in the Westfjords of Iceland, found coastally on the Dýrafjörður fjord. Þingeyri has a populati...

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Dýrafjörður

  Dyrafjordur is one of the fjords comprising the Westfjords and is situated between the fjords Arnarfjordur and Onundarfjordur. Dyrafjordur b...

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Breiðafjörður

  Breidafjordur is a fjord and a nature reserve situated between the Westfjords and the Snaefellsnes peninsula.  The fjord features countl...

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Dynjandi

Dynjandi (meaning “Thunderous”) is a series of waterfalls in the Westfjords and the largest of its kind in the region. Dynjandi is parti...

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Öskjuvatn

  Oskjuvatn is a large crater lake in the Askja caldera in the Dyngjufjoll mountains, north of Vatnajokull glacier. Oskjuvatn is Iceland's s...

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Hellissandur

Photo above from Wikimedia, Creative Commons, by Chensiyuan Hellissandur is a village dating back to the 16th Century, found on the northwesternmost ...

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Skarðsvík Beach

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Ulrich Latzenhofer.  A golden sandy beach found on the northwestern tip of the Snæfellsnes P...

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Flatey

Wikimedia. Creative Commons. Credit: Kolbrún Ragna. Flatey ('Flat Island') is just one of the thousands of islands that dot Brei&...

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Flateyri

Flateyri is the largest settlement in the 2km deep fjord, Önundarfjörður, in the Westfjords, Iceland. It's populations is still...

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Saxhóll

 Wikimedia. Creative Commons. Credit: Diego Delso.  Saxhóll is one of the most popular craters on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, f...

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Ólafsvík

Olafsvik is a fishing town of just over a 1000 people, located on the west side of the Snaefellsnes peninsula.  Economy and services Olafsvik h...

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