The cutest bird in Iceland!

Puffins nest high in the cliffs of Dyrhólaey and Reynisfjall and the best time to see them is from early July to mid August. During the day, the parents leave their nests to gather food from the sea for their young, returning in the evening with their catch. The best time of the day to see them is generally early morning or from 21:00 to 23:00. Please note that the puffin is a wild bird and sometimes patience is needed. A good pair of binoculars also helps!

Throughout the winter, puffins often live a solitary life or in small groups, never setting foot on land; however, as the warm spring breeze blows, they begin their journey back to their nesting ground, the same one as where they were born. Puffins spend most of their lives on the water, coming ashore only to breed and raise one single puffling each year.

The best place to see them is the nature preserve of Dyrhólaey, a few kilometers east of Vík. On a good day you can see puffins as close as 2 meters away. Other places would be the Reynisfjara beach where the basalt colums are, at the black beach in Vík, as well as at the foot and at the top of Reynisfjall Mountain. If you are having trouble finding puffins, hiring a local guide is a good option as they are experts who know where to look! For more information, you can contact us at