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Seeing puffins was one of my main goals when we decided to go to Iceland. I mean who wouldn’t want to see these adorable awkward birds in their natural habitat? I think I became obsessed with seeing them after reading an article by Mapping Megan about them when she was in both Iceland and the Faroe Islands. I was immediately taken in by these bright little birds with their orange feet and beaks against the gray and green backdrop of Iceland. I knew that we had to make sure we visited a puffin colony during our epic road trip so I started planning. Remember the spreadsheet?
During my research I realized that we were extremely lucky with when we were going because the puffins migrate from the cold Atlantic waters to coastal cities in Iceland and other North Atlantic countries from May through August to breed. There are several places in Iceland where you can see puffin colonies but we choose to visit Borgarfjörður Eystri, one of Iceland’s fjords on the east coast. So on day 5 of our Iceland road trip we took our trusty Toyota Corolla off the ring road through some ridiculous gravel roads, up a huge mountain, back down and landed in the town of Borgarfjörður Eystri, a town with a population of 130 people and the PUFFINS. As we mentioned before I wish we had more time to explore this little town as A. The hotel we stayed in was awesome and B. There was great hiking in the area and C. We wanted to talk to the locals. I wonder what it is like to live in a place with only 130 people….
But anyways because I took about a billion photos of puffins in Iceland I thought I would share them here. Enjoy the amazing awkwardness of these birds!
So there you have it, I am completely obsessed with puffins. Can’t you tell by the smile? They are seriously my spirit animal!
Have you seen puffins before and where? I NEED to see them again!
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