Latrabjarg, the place of my wildest dreams.
A place of wide open wilderness. A place filled with the most adorable of sea birds – Puffins.
By now, if you’ve done any amount of research on Iceland, you will know that the weather can be completely unpredictable. After a rather snowy and cold day spent exploring Snæfellsnes Peninsula, we were a little apprehensive about driving in the west fjords the next day. We planned to head to Latrabjarg; the westernmost point of Iceland, and home to some of the highest cliffs and seabirds. With snow in the forecast, i was feeling anxious about the drive out there. Especially after reading about how treacherous the road can be. However, Latrabjarg was the place that i was looking forward to the most on this Iceland trip. So, Full send and we’re on our way out to the iconic cliffs. After briefly driving through a few clouds, we were greeted with the most warm and welcoming sunshine for our drive through the mountains.
The drive definitely was no easy feat.
If you ever decide to head out there, please make sure you drive slowly! The road is quite narrow and windy, and its unpaved. So its essential to take your time, soak in all the amazing scenery and enjoy the drive.
We arrived at these cliffs after about 5 hours on the road, and man was it ever worth it. The sun was beaming down on us – making it warm enough to walk around in a light sweater. Felt a bit bizzare, seeing as we were stuck in what felt like a blizzard the day before.
Standing on these magnificently tall cliffs on the ocean, truly felt like you’re standing on the edge of the world. And it also makes you realize just how tiny you are.
We began hiking up and searching for the puffins
We hiked up to the highest point of the cliffs and disappointingly had not seen a single puffin. But thankfully the views were more than worth it. We enjoyed the hike and frolicked around taking in this otherworldly scenery.
However, we came here with a purpose. And that purpose, was to find some puffins. So after soaking in some of the most breath-taking views in the world, we decided to make our descent.
The parking lot got closer and closer, and we still hadn’t seen a single puffin. Until, i spotted a fellow photographer lying flat down on the cliffs, immersed in shooting something. And there it was. I was initially blown away by how small they are. I’m not sure what i was expecting, but i definitely thought they would be bigger. And man, are these birds ever adorable!
And just like that, a million appeared!
They were EVERYWHERE! had we just hiked past them without noticing?
We later found out, that puffins tend to stay closer to the shore on the lower lying cliffs, so the higher in elevation we got on our hike, the further away from the puffins we got. We also found out that they tend to hangout on the cliff’s in the mornings and mid afternoon to evenings. We started around 1 and it wasn’t until probably about 3 that we spotted our first one. All in all – i still definitely recommend hiking to the top at Latrabjarg, because it left me almost speechless. It’s a place that you just have to experience to believe.
FUN PUFFIN FACT :
Did you know, That puffins mate for life?
If that’s not the cutest thing, I’m not sure what is.
This was definitely a HUGE highlight of our Iceland journey.
And let me just say, The west fjords may be the most magical place i’ve ever been. On our drive home to our Airbnb we had booked for the night, we got to witness one of the most beautiful sunsets. We finished the day off, by bathing in a hidden hot spring right across from the cabin we were staying in.
Its safe to say this was one of the most blissful days i’ve ever had.