Iceland is one of the top places in the world to see Puffins. While in Iceland in June 2017 I heard many people say they were trying to see Puffins while in Iceland. Some managed to, some didn't. NO ONE I had spoken to had the experience that I had.
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Where to see Puffins in Iceland
The best place I found to see puffins in Iceland was also the easiest to access. Borgarfjarðarhöfn is a small protected island in east Iceland. The puffins are EVERYWHERE on the island and I was amazed at just how close I could get to them.
In June and July, the puffin platform is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is always open in August but closed in May so the birds can prepare for nesting.
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How to reach Borgarfjarðarhöfn
Unfortunately, this is a place that is best reached while driving the entire ring road. The ring road takes at the very least 7 days to drive. Get my full guide to the ring road here - completely free.
If you are driving the ring road, when you arrive in east Iceland you will start from the main town of Egilsstaðir. From the town take road 94 north till you reach the very end. The drive is mostly paved and the gravel portions are well maintained. Road 94 will dead end at Borgarfjarðarhöfn. There are three parking lots around the small harbor.
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Price for Borgarfjarðarhöfn
Borgarfjarðarhöfn is completely free! You are welcome to view the birds on their platforms without paying admission. There is a small inside viewing room which costs $5.
Seeing puffins in Iceland was a magical experience that I thought I wasn't able to afford. The tours I saw were expensive and required a boat excursion or a trip to an island off the coast. I am so happy I found Borgarfjarðarhöfn and saw the puffins extremely close and for free.
One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a travel guide for Iceland along with you. Here are some of the best travel guide books I recommend...
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