Látrabjarg Cliff (What To See - West-fjords)

Látrabjarg Cliff (What To See - West-fjords)
Látrabjarg Cliff is a promontory located at the westernmost of Iceland and is a home to a great number of seabirdsbirds, including the Puffin. The best time of the day to view the birds is usually early morning or late afternoon as most of the birds spend the middle of the day out at sea searcing and hunting for food for their chicks. At Látrabjarg there is a lighthouse that was built in 1948 to guide seamen safely around the dangerous coast and is located at Bjargtangar. The ocean off Látrabjarg is a place where many Icelandic ships and their crews have perished due to the unforgiving forcees of the sea waves. In the past, people used to scale down the cliff face in ropes to collect eggs and sometimes to hunt birds as well, which was not easy or safe when using only a rope and a few people but eggs and seabirds were in the past important food sources for the people living near the cliffs. Látrabjarg is the most western part of Iceland and the biggest bird cliff in Europe. The cliff is 450 meters high and about 14 kilometres long, providing birds with a safe home and an abundance of seafood from the ocean. Látrabjarg is one of the most visited attractions on the West Fjords. Látragjarg is a magnificent attraction, but we encourage travellers to be careful, as the cliff edges can be weak.



Access



The road 612 Örlygshafnarvegur from Hnjótur to Látrabjarg is a rough and narrow gravel road, frequently plagued by deep holes so you need to plan quite a long time for driving. Some stretches the road sits on a steep cliff walls on mountan faces with a sheer high drop into the ocean, immediately by the side of the road. Travelers are advised to show caution while driving this road. Many guided tour packages as well as self drive tours we offer, include a visit to Látrabjarg Cliff and can be found at www.tour.is

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