Article and photos by Einar Páll Svavarsson, local photo and private guide

Iceland photo tour in highland


Our Nikon D750 camera in our three year Iceland journey

Much of the photos from Iceland are naturally stunning pictures of natural wonders during the blooming summer months. Waterfalls surrounded by colorful vegetation, gray and green moss over fields of lava, rhyolite mountains with stunning colors and stunning overview of beautiful fjords and the list can go on. In winter most of the landscape is either covered with snow or quite monotonous and colorless.

Goðafoss during winter

Intimidating or scary heights, none stop noise from birds, stunning sight of monstrous cliffs.  How should we describe the westernmost place you can reach in Iceland. Yes, you are at Látrabjarg, but you might as well be at the edge of the world. Látrabjarg is simply not easy to describe; it has to be experienced. It consists of four cliffs, Keflavíkurbjarg, Látrabjarg, Bæjarbjarg, and Breiðavíkurbjarg. Altogether 14 km long and the height is 441 m., and as steep as steep can get. Standing by the edge gives you a whirling sensation, which doesn't fade the longer you stay. Indeed, it will stay with you for a long time afterward. If you are near the edge with a camera in your face, don't move until you have a clear sight and the camera away from your eyes and nose.

One of the largest bird colony in the world

The cliffs are home to millions of birds, including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots, and razorbills. Látrabjarg is, indeed, Europe's largest bird cliff. The area is free of foxes, making the birds quite fearless. Especially the puffins, frequently venturing into the upper, grassy parts of the cliffs. Látrabjarg is a fantastic place to observe them in their natural habitat. But please understand the danger involved if you try to approach the edge.

Hiking is always the best and most rewarding way to travel in Iceland

Hiking along the edge is like being on top of the world. But, take care. Don't cross the white line painted on the sheer side. The dizziness may result in one fatal misstep. If you want to observe and photograph the birds, lay down on your stomach with only your head over the edge. There are some hiking trails in the southwest part of West Fjords, one of the most interesting is the one by the cliff.  If you decide to hike the Látrabjarg contact some of the guesthouses, like Hnjótur Guesthouse, and find out the best route.  Some of those trails are quite difficult but highly interesting. 

Read this important article written by a local expert before you choose a car.

Below is the location of Látrabjarg on the map of Iceland

Látrabjarg is not easy to describe. It has to be experienced.