Nature & Environment Jun 08, 2012

Puffin Population Returns to Iceland

Iceland is home to one of the world’s largest colonies of puffins with over half of the world’s population of Atlantic Puffin coming to the country each year to breed. Bird watches and nature lovers flock to the Westmann Islands to see the nesting grounds, usually by boat.  Visitors might also spot whales in the waters surrounding the Westmann Islands.

Throughout the winter, puffins often live a solitary life or in small groups, never setting foot on land; however, as the warm spring breeze blows, they begin their journey back to their nesting ground, the same one as where they were born. Puffins spend most of their lives on the water, coming ashore only to breed and raise their single puffling each year.

To learn more about the puffin season, click here.