Guide To Seeing Puffins In Iceland

If you think puffins are cute, this is the post for you.

Puffins in Iceland

Puffins in Iceland

If you don't think puffins are cute, there's something wrong with you. Seriously. Look at em! Just look! They're the clownfish of the sky. 

There are a lot of places to see puffins in Iceland and a lot of ways to go about seeing them. I went with the free, only slightly out of the way drive, clifftop in the Westfjords route. 

Látrabjarg bird cliffs are the largest and most populated bird cliffs in Europe, and as one of the Westernmost points of Europe, the area has been known as "the edge of the world".

The cliffs are a little bit out of the way and off the main highway path of Iceland's ring road, but the Westfjords as a whole were one of my favorite parts of Iceland. If you're planning your trip, don't skip this. I'll dedicate a post to navigating the Westfjords and what not to miss.

Cliff side in Iceland

All along the cliffs there is a white painted line to prevent you from getting too close to the puffins or falling over the edge (you'll get vertigo even behind the painted line). Even so, you find yourself about a foot or so from the puffins, and they don't seem to mind at all. 

There were very few people there, even in the height of bird season, so views were completely unobstructed and hopping from puffin to puffin was very easy. I hogged the perfect view of an affectionate puffin couple for hours, guilt-free!

The majority of the Atlantic puffins stay in Iceland from approximately May until Approximately August. That tip comes from word of mouth from a gas station attendant, so don't quote me!