Birding trip to Mykines among huge colonies of puffins
August 3rd-4th, 2009
Mykines (written also Mikines) is the westernmost island of the Faroer archipelago and is very interesting not only for the dramatic scenery, but also for the presence of many different species of birds, especially for puffins, present in thousands of individuals. Photos of puffins.
How to get to Mykines? In the pictures abouve, flying to Mykines by Atlantic Airways Bell 412 helicopter. The flight to Mykines takes less than half an hour from Torshavn heliport with three stops, or just a few minutes non-stop from Vagar international airport. The flight offers beautiful views: in the pictures, the western coast of Vagur island (top) and Mikines (bottom). Optionally, Mykines can be reached also by ferry. Both the ways are very weather related.
Atlantic Airways Bell 412 helicopter, landed at Mykines.
Kristianshus B&B is one of the few accommodations on Mykines, where to eat and to sleep.
Mykines is a small town, car-free, with many small colorful houses and typical grass roof.
I start hiking on a trail across Mykines and to another small island connected by a bridge. The total round-trip distance is about 5km. The trail offers spectacular views onto dramatic coastline and bird colonies, including thousands of puffins.
Along the trail, often running on the edge of impressive cliffs, I start to see the first puffins.
It's very funny to wait for the puffins coming from the sea, with their beack full of small fishes.
The impressive bird cliffs visible from the trail.
Beautiful views on Mykines from the trail.
Mykines main island is connected to a smaller islet by a walking bridge looking onto bird cliffs full of Kittiwake.
Kittiwake pictures (Rissa tridactyla), including adult (bottom-left) and young (top). There are thousands of them nesting on the bird cliffs around Mykines.
The trail ends onto a lighthouse, to the west there is only water for thousands of miles.
The cliffs below the lighthouse offer the spectacle of thousands of birds, covering completely the flat surfaces. Other birds, probably puffins, are resting or fishing on the surface of the sea.
More puffin pictures, nesting on the top of a cliff.
I start to walk back to Mykines town.
More Mykines pictures.
An hill completely covered by puffin nests. The puffin build its nest in holes below ground.
A puffin coming out from the nest.
More pictures of puffins.
Still more puffins coming back to their nests with the beack full of small fishes.
After hiking the final part of the trail, I'm back in Mykines to spend the night.