Bjarnarey Puffin Island

Our Bjarnarey Puffin Island tour is an unforgettable adventure in the scenic Westman Islands nature. Explore the wonderful island and its puffin colony in this guided, whole-day tour.

The tour starts at our base in Heimaey, Westman Islands, where you will meet the team and start preparing for the boat ride. You will get to know our gear and we will go over technique and more. Our boat is located a short car ride away and after we have loaded the gear onto the boat we will start our journey to Bjarnarey island.

Next is the ascension but depending on weather we a few options to “board” the island. Once we are atop the island, we will sit down at our base, the hut, get some snacks and drinks and prepare for the next part of the expedition.

A hike across the island will take us to the east cliff where the highlight of the tour takes place. From there, the descension into the cliff starts. A safety line is connected to fixed bolts the whole way and you will be attached to that line at all times while you tiptoe on the ledges, through guillimot eggs, across the giant cliff. You will be in close proximity to a few bird species including the puffin, the guillimot (common murre), the kittiwake and the fulmar. At the end of the trail you will be pulled upwards 20 meters to the cliffs edge. Some well deserved food will wait for us at the hut where we will have a nice moment together at the dinner table with a stunning view of Heimaey.

A short hike away is the hill on Bjarnarey where the puffin nests in the ground and a magnificent view of Eyjafjallajökull glacier and the surrounding islands.

  • Dress according to weather conditions. You will want to have good shoes for the hike and good outdoor clothing.
  • We supply climbing harnesses, helmets and warm overalls for the boat ride, if needed.
  • Included in the price is snacks, drinks and a warm meal after the cliff hiking.
  • Minimum participants: 4 persons
  • If you have any special requests, for example: staying overnight in Bjarnarey, jumping off cliffs, boat tour around the islands, please call or send us an email – we are eager to fulfill your wishes!