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Iceland is a birdwatcher's paradise with its large large colonies of puffins and other seabirds and waterfowl around the coast. Puffins can be appreciated by boat and by land. It is easy to jump on an hour-long boat tour to watch the puffin or combine this with a whale watching tour.

About Bird Watching in Iceland

Iceland is often referred to as a birdwatcher's paradise, as seabirds and waterfowl are easily visible around the coast. Most notably are the puffins, which are rare in majority of the world but are easily to spot in Iceland. These funny birds arrive in April and May and will remain in Iceland until August. 

The birds most frequently spotted along the coasts of Iceland include the Arctic Tern, eiders, waders, and passerine birds, as well as seabirds such as the Guillemot, Razorbill, the Atlantic Puffin, Fulmar, gannets, and various gulls.

From Reykjavík bird watching day trips can be arranged to Reykjanes Peninsula, to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula or to the Westman Islands, on the Dýholaey rock arch, where Iceland's largest puffin population lives. Puffins can also be found in huge populations in other areas of Iceland, however. Think about regions such as the East Fjords and on Grímsey Island in the North.


  • Search for the Puffin and when found, watch their funny appearance!

Best Time

Good season: May - August

If you are looking for more outdoor adventures in Iceland, please refer to our Iceland Guide for more information.