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The cliffs of Latrabjarg, in Iceland, marks the westernmost part of Europe. These cliffs are home to millions of birds, including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills. As much as 40% of the world population for some species of birds, such as the Razorbill, live on the cliff. It is Europe's largest bird cliff at 14km long and up to 440m high.

Although the guillemot is the most common bird at Látrabjarg, it’s the thousands of puffins that most people come here to see. Latrabjarg is famous for how close one can get to watch the birds. Safe from foxes, the birds are fearless, and provide stunning photographic opportunities from close range. The puffins are particularly tame and are the ones frequenting the grassy, higher part of the cliffs where they build their burrows, often up to 2m in length. They return to the same burrows they occupied the year before, almost always during the third week of April, where they remain until August or September. Their main breeding period is from May to July.

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