Water activity

Reykjavik: 1.5-Hour Puffin Watching Tour

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Reykjavik: 1.5-Hour Puffin Watching Tour

From $57.46 per person

Encounter charismatic puffins and other sea birds close-up on a 1.5-hour tour from Reykjavik and experience the wildlife in their natural environment, where they breed on small islands. Enjoy great views via complimentary on board binoculars.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Encounter charismatic puffins and other sea birds close-up
  • Sail to Akurey, Engey or Lundey to see the puffin breeding grounds
  • Get up-close views via the free on board binoculars
  • Encounter puffins in an environmentally friendly manner
  • Learn interesting facts and hear tales about the puffins and their surroundings
Full description
The charismatic puffin has attracted local and tourist attention around Iceland for many years. It is their prismatic appearance and curious behavior that gives rise to this intrigue. Their most obvious characteristic during the breeding season is their brightly colored bill which, added to their striking piebald plumage, has given rise to nicknames such as “clown of the ocean” or “sea parrot.” Depending on tides and weather conditions, you will head to Akurey, Engey or Lundey on a 1.5-hour cruise. These islands are well known for their plentiful birdlife, and in addition to puffins you will have the opportunity to view other birds, such as eider ducks, arctic terns, guillemots, cormorants, fulmars, geese and oystercatchers. The islands' shores are rocky, but the captains know the best spots to get close to the puffins in their natural habitat. If the weather is right he might even turn off the engines so that you can listen to the birds' calls. Luckily the puffins usually stay put for a while, so they are easy to photograph. Although you get close to the islands, the puffins are comparatively small birds and the free use of binoculars on board comes in handy. You can also borrow a rain jacket to keep your dry, and sip authentic seaman's coffee to keep warm.
Includes
  • Warm overalls, raincoats and blankets on board
  • On board binoculars to borrow
  • Naturalist guide to enhance your experience
  • Refreshments (available to purchase on board)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Meet at the Elding ticket office right in the heart of Reykjavík, no more than 300 meters (5 minutes) walk from the downtown Tourist Information Centre. Exchange your ticket before heading to the boats. Ægisgarður 5, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

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Important information

What to bring

  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Once in the harbor you can look around the Whale Watching Centre and watch videos, or just look at the various skeletons, information boards and gifts for sale
  • By buying a ticket for this tour you are contributing to the summer research projects, environmentally friendly and responsible tourism and non-governmental organizations for the protection of wildlife
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 41 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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Great fun, children loved it

Tour was on a calm day, with light rain. Late in the puffin season, but still lots of birds to see. Guide handed out binoculars to help see the birds. Slightly complicated ticket approach, needed to exchange voucher for a further set of tickets, but ticket office is next to the harbour.

August 26, 2019

It was nice to see puffins. They were quite beautiful. There was some issue with the boat and they took us to a different dock to board the boat. One of the reasons I booked this tour was the extra 30 min allocated in this tour compared to the other ones which seemed to last 1 hour. The extra 30 min was however not there due to issue with the boat. As such the crew was awesome and tour guide even took professional photographs of Puffins and shared them on request. It is extremely difficult to capture them as they are so small and move fast. You need a professional camera to take a nice picture.

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August 5, 2019

So much fun!

We had a fantastic time. Our group was small (12) so that made it very enjoyable a we could maneuver easily around the boat. Our guide was so well informed and she was charming, answering all of our questions and providing some educational as well as humorous stories of the puffins. Our pilot even steered us towards a group of feeding gulls and we found some dolphins there as well. It was a wonderful tour!

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June 9, 2019

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