Borgarfjordur Eystri is without a doubt the best, easiest and safest place in Iceland to see Atlantic Puffin up close. At the nearby harbor you will find a birdrock. You can walk up the rock via a staircase and soon you're face to face with hundreds of puffins. There are a shelter and wooden platforms where you can get really close to the puffins without the risk of falling into a burrow or down a cliff. You can see them up closely when they make their nest or feed their young with freshly caught fish. There are about 10.000 pairs of puffins nestling here from mid-April to mid-August. You also get excellent views of species such as Northern Fulmar, Kittiwake and Common Eider.
From Egilsstaðir take route 94 (a mountain pass with a beautiful scenery, on a gravel road!) to the small coastal town of Borgarfjordur Eystri. Drive to the harbor at the end of the road.
Terrain and HabitatSea
Is a telescope useful?No
Good birding seasonSpring, Summer
Best time to visitSummer
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byCar, Foot
Birdwatching hide / platformYes