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On the Westernmost point of Iceland, and Europe if you don’t include the Azores, sits Látrabjarg. This 14km stretch of cliffs is one of the most abundant bird-life spots in the world, and is often referred to as Europe’s very own Galapagos Islands. Safe from the arctic foxes below, birds flock here in their thousands, and fly fearlessly along the cliffs. Látrabjarg is home to puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills and hosts up to 40% of the world's population for some of these species.
Not only is this spot a bird lover’s paradise, but it is also a haven for photographers. The fearless nature of the birds, particularly the puffins, means you can get extremely close to birds, and take some of those all-important million dollar shots.
The cliffs are accessible by road, albeit a rather rough, bumpy road, and are also visited by a small number of tour buses. Go with a guide or individually to explore these breathtaking scenes and for a magnificent cliff-walk – but be careful because the edges are fragile and the drop is steep. If you can, go later in the evening when the bird life is even more active and the tour buses are not running.
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