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Látrabjarg Bird Cliffs

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Látrabjarg Bird Cliffs Westfjords Region  Iceland
Látrabjarg Bird Cliffs
The Látrabjarg cliffs were, until 1926, mostly a summer haunt for local farmers, who scaled them to collect bird eggs. But the region has become nearly unpopulated since the 1960s, leaving the area to the millions of seabirds that return here to breed during the summer months. Remote even by Westfjords standards, the cliffs are an impressive 10 miles long and 1,444-feet high. The rocky ledges attract a dizzying wealth of birdlife, from puffins, fulmars, and cormorants to kittiwakes, razorbills, and guillemots, all of which nest at differing heights and leave their mark in the form of guano (dried bird droppings). For an alternative experience, a lovely golden beach at Breiðavík is nine miles from Látrabjarg.