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There’s an inherent conflict in seeing puffins, in Iceland or anywhere else. On the one hand, tourists want to get as close as possible to these adorable and photogenic birds. It’s one thing to see puffins from a boat, where you may be 50 feet from their burrows. (And this is still wonderful to see!) But it’s entirely another thing to see them standing just in front of you, 10 or 15 feet away. You can count how many fish they have in their mouths, ready to feed to their baby puffling. (That’s what a puffin baby is called.)