Can puffins fly?

Somtimes we are asked if puffins can fly! And the best answer is to go see the puffins fly.

Puffins are not good flyers, like eagles or hawks, but they fly! They have short wings and thus have to move them fast in order to move their heavy body around. During the nesting time they fly back and forth from their nest. Their nest is in a hole they dig into the ground and from the hole they fly to the sea hunting small fish they then bring to the young ones.

The reason for the question is probably the likeness between the puffins and penguins. Travelleres sometimes see the puffins as very small penguins, as well as other species of what we call “black birds”, svartfuglar in Icelandic.

The  best places to spot puffins.