Nose to Nose with Puffins and Razorbills

Trip Start Nov 10, 2007
Trip End Nov 15, 2009

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Flag of Iceland  , Vestur-Bardastrandarsysla,
Thursday, June 25, 2009

We caught the ferry from Flatey  across the rest of Breišafjöršur to Brjįnslękur which lies on the south coast of the Westfjords.  This peninsula is sparsely populated and a popular destination for trekkers.  Our destination was the Lįtrabjarg cliffs which extend 12 kilometers along the coast and reach heights of 400 meters.  Unbelieveable numbers of puffins, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, gulls and kitttiwakes nest here in the summer and we wanted to get up cllose and personal with them. 

We arrived at the guesthouse we had picked out at about 5 and it was full but they had a campground and so we pitched our tent for the first time.  Jack wasn“t sure he wanted to lug his tent to Iceland, but it turned out to be a good thing he did.  The only downside to camping was that it was never dark at night - a little strange.    There was a free washing machine available so I took the oportunity to wash some clothes.  With the strong wind that was blowing they were dry in no time.

The next day we drove to the western most point in Europe and hiked along the cliffs.  We spent hours just watching the lives of millions of seabirds, reveling in the noise, just enjoying being there and experiencing such a beautiful place.  This Razorbill movie will give you an idea of what thrills me.  Makes for a boring video but somehow I can spend hours just watching these creatures!  As a bonus, there was a seal swimming around down below! 

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Where I stayed
Bredavik Campground
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