Puffin at Látrabjarg, West-Iceland

Sure, one has to see them: The Puffins. And not just the plush versions one can buy in any gift shop in Iceland. The real ones. While from August to April they live on the sea, during breeding season they visit the cliffs of the nothern Atlantic Ocean as well as the Arctic Ocean.

At Látrabjarg – the most western spot of Europe – thousands of Puffins breed. Below a shot of the cliff. Bascially an about 400 m high skyscraper with thousands of apartments.

Látrabjarg Cliff, West Iceland
Puffin at Látrabjarg, West-Iceland
Puffin at Látrabjarg, West-Iceland

The view is spectacular. Sea view – of course.

Puffins at Látrabjarg, West-Iceland

The gardener did his job well …

Puffin at Látrabjarg, West-Iceland
Puffin at Látrabjarg, West-Iceland
Puffin at Látrabjarg, West-Iceland

Meeting.

Puffins at Látrabjarg, West-Iceland
Puffin at Látrabjarg, West-Iceland

While this post is mainly about Puffins, I don’t want to skip a few more birds I saw at Látrabjarg and around. There is the razorbill with its white stripe from the eye to the bill and across, and the gull which I added more for completeness … They are everywhere in Iceland.

Razorbill at Látrabjarg, West-Iceland
Gull at Látrabjarg, West-Iceland

Finally a highlight: the Arctic Tern. Taking the shot is actually a bit dangerous. Arctic Terns breed on the ground. They aggressively defend their breed by flying attacks on humans and other animals. The really impressive thing about them is that they migrate back and forth from the northern beeding grounds like here in Iceland to the Antacrtica for the southern summer, which means they fly about 70’000 km per year!

Arctic Tern near Látrabjarg, West-Iceland
Arctic Tern near Látrabjarg, West-Iceland

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