The puffin is a brave and beautiful bird. Puffins spend the winter in the cold waters of the North Atlantic, returning to land in the spring to breed. The puffins usually return to land in early May, flying back out to sea in the late August or early September. The last puffins fly out to sea in early October.

You can find puffin colonies along the coast of Iceland, but there are a few places where you have an especially good chance of spotting this colourful bird.

Ísafjarðardjúp bay

The bay with its fjords, is home to numerious puffin colonies. The small island Vigur in the bay is also a great place to go puffin watching. The best way to enjoy the beauty of the fjord is from the sea.

Grímsey Island

Iceland´s northernmost settlement, located 40 km(25 mi) off the north coast, straddles the Arctic circle. The island, which has a population of just 90 people, is connected to the mainland by a ferry and air. Grímsey has large colonies of seabirds, including puffins.

Skjálfandi bay

The islands of Skjálfandi and the coast of Tjörnes peninsula to the north of the picturesque town of Húsavík are home to numerous puffin colonies.

Ísafjarðardjúp bay

The bay with its fjords, is home to numerious puffin colonies. The small island Vigur in the bay is also a great place to go puffin watching. The best way to enjoy the beauty of the fjord is from the sea.

 

Grímsey Island

Iceland´s northernmost settlement, located 40 km(25 mi) off the north coast, straddles the Arctic circle. The island, which has a population of just 90 people, is connected to the mainland by a ferry and air. Grímsey has large colonies of seabirds, including puffins.

 

Skjálfandi bay

The islands of Skjálfandi and the coast of Tjörnes peninsula to the north of the picturesque town of Húsavík are home to numerous puffin colonies.

Borgarfjörður eystri

A small, remote village, Borgarfjörður eystri(also called Bakkargerði), offers the best opportunity anywhere in Iceland to get up-close-and-personal with puffins. A viewing deck by the harbor, overlooking Hafnarhólmi peninsula allows a rare view of the countless seabirds who nest in the cliffs.

South coast  

Anywhere you can find ocean cliffs along the South Coast, you can find puffin colonies. Ingólfshöfði south of Öræfajökull glacier and the cliffs of Mt. Reynisfjall and Dýrhólaey peninsula on the black sand beaches near Vík í Mýrdal are all home to large puffin colonies.

Vestmannaeyjar islands

The island archipelago is home to the largest puffin colony in Iceland. Nearly a quarter of the total puffin population of the world nests in the islands. You can get to Vestmannaeyjar by air or ferry from Landeyjarhöfn, near Seljalansfoss waterfall in south Iceland.

Faxaflói bay

Two islands of the coast of Reykjavík are home to a large puffin colonies. Akurey and Lundey(puffin island) are home to tens of thousands of puffins. Numerous companies offer sightseeing tours or combined whale and puffin watching tours from the old harbour in Reykjavík.

 

Breiðafjörður bay

The second most important puffin habitat in Iceland Breiðafjörður separates the Snæfellsnes and Westgjords peninsulas. The countless islands and skerries of the bay are home to large seabird colonies, including puffins. You can take sightseeing tours from the town of Stykkishólmur, or take a ferry across the bay.