Latrabjarg is Iceland’s largest sea cliff stretching 14 kilometers (8.75 mi) and peaking at a height of 441 meters (1,447 ft). This majestic cliff’s claim to fame is that it is the westernmost point in Europe and hosts Iceland’s greatest concentration of seabirds.
The cliffs also make a stunning viewpoint for Aurora Borealis during Northern Lights Season, but hikers should beware as the cliff edges are fragile and it is a long drop to the beautiful beaches below.
Birdlife in Latrabjarg cliffs
The variety and sheer number of birds that can be seen in Latrabjarg at one time are astounding. Safe from Arctic foxes, the birds are fearless, providing ample opportunities to take wonderful photographs from close range as Latrabjarg is unrestricted during nesting season.
Thousands of Iceland’s iconic puffins frolic about as well as gannets, guillemots, razorbills, white-tailed eagles, red-throated loons, arctic terns, redshanks, snipes, auks, murres, kittiwakes, fulmars, snow buntings, and ringed plovers.
When is the puffin season?
Each year, the puffin season in Latrabjarg starts from the middle of May until late August.
How to get to Latrabjarg?
If you are driving from Reykjavik to the Westfjords, it will take you about six hours to get to Latrabjarg. Make sure you fill up the tank when you reach the resting stop called Flokalundur, because from there you still have a 94km drive to Latrabjarg but no gas stations on the way. If you do forget to fill up, you will need to take a detour to the town of Patreksfjordur.
GPS: 65.502572 N, -24.531698 W
Is Latrabjarg accessible in winter?
No, not always, since the road crosses a snow-heavy heath. However, late fall the cliffs also make a stunning viewpoint for Aurora Borealis during Northern Lights Season, but hikers should beware as the cliff edges are fragile, and it is a long drop to the beautiful beaches below. If you are traveling with children, make sure you hold their hands at all times.
Check out our complete guide to the Westfjords.