The Westman Islands are an exciting destination for birdwatchers

On the islands there are diverse settlements of cliff and sea birds, with an abundance of puffins, common guillemots, fulmars, razorbills, black-legged kittiwakes and black guillemots. The Westman Islands are also the only place where the manx shearwaters and storm petrels nest in Iceland.

The puffin plays a figure role in the image of the Westman Islands — and for a very good reaon — it’s some of the largest puffin colonies in the world. The puffins nest on all of the islands and there are vaste colonies in Heimaey. The puffins retreat to sea during winter but appears in April around the islands and start their preparation for nesting. By April 20, the puffins have normally found their places in the cliffs.

On Heimaey there are colonies on Stórhöfði, Sæfell and Dalfjall, ideal for birdwatchers. Puffins can also be spotted on sea and in flight during hikes on Ofanleitishamar and from Heimaklettur and Litla-Klif. On the northside of Stórhöfði, there is a bird hide overlooking the Raufin, from where a rather densely populated puffin colony can be observed.