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Reykjavik: Puffin Watching Boat Tour

Reykjavik: Puffin Watching Boat Tour

From US$ 50.71 per person

Take in the natural beauty and wildlife of Iceland on this puffin-watching boat trip. Depart from the Old Harbour in Reykjavik on an hour-long tour and see these amazing and adorable birds up close in their native habitats.

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Duration 1 hour
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  • See the Atlantic Puffin - 100% sightings guaranteed
  • Explore Reykjavik's Old Harbour and the nearby islands in the bay
  • Cruise on the water during this hour-long tour
Full description
Step aboard the Puffin Express for a charming bird-watching adventure led by local experts! After departing from the Old Harbour of Reykjavik, your hour-long tour will take you out into the surrouding Faxaflói Bay, to two nearby islands, Lundey and Akurey. These islands are covered in small hills and slopes and known for their colorful birdlife. Once arriving at the islands, the boat's engine will be turned off so that you can observe the native birds and beautiful surroundings. A licensed, English-speaking guide will provide details and answer questions about the Puffins, as well as other birds you will likely see, such as Northern Fulmars, Gulls, Arctic Terns, and Black Guillemots. All of this takes place on an old wooden boat, Skúlaskeið, which is fondly referred to as "Old Skuli." It is spacious enough to hold 33 passengers but not too big, in order to ensure that your tour is personal and comfortable.
  • 100% sightings guaranteed
  • Binoculars on board
  • English-speaking guide
  • App available in English, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese
  • Transfer to and from the meeting point
  • Food and drink
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Meet at the Special Tours office on Ægisgardur in Reykjavik´s Old Harbour.

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  • Sea conditions: Tours are dependent on the weather and may be subject to cancelation. In the case of cancelations due to weather, you will receive a full refund
  • Refunds are given if you give notice up to 24 hours prior to the tour
  • If you have any mobility issues or medical problems, please inform the local partner and you will be assisted
Customer reviews

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4.6 /5

based on 141 reviews

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We had a knowledgeable guide who helped us appreciate the lives that these cute birds live. Our captain brought us close to the islands, close enough that some puffins flew overhead. These birds are small--slightly larger than pigeons, so you need binoculars to see and a good lens to capture them. This was a great value--and one of the few places to see these lovely birds that may be heading toward extinction. Tourists in Iceland should unite in never ordering them on a menu!

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July 10, 2021

Easy to get to. Just enough time.

This tour brings you to two small islands off the harbor of Reykjavik. The tour guide was great and informative and you were able to hear her clearly. She told good facts that were interesting. The boat was small and was rocky, but not scary or unsafe. Wear a hat or scarf if you prefer to reduce the wind hitting you. There is an indoor space too if you do not want to be exposed to the weather. Seeing the puffins was awesome! We seen a bunch on the island, flying, and in the water. You do not get overly close to the island. But within a good enough distance to where you can still see them with the naked eye. However, if you want a more up close and personal tour, this wouldn't be the one. This one is quick, easy, simple, and gives you just enough time and viewpoints to get pictures, experience the puffins, and then come back. Awesome tour!

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June 28, 2019

Puffins Galore!

Such a fun and quick excursion. In just two hours we were able to see puffins in two separate islands, in the water and in the air. Our guide was really great at pointing them out to us. Even though the weather wasn’t great (a little chilly and some light drizzle) the experience was! Definitely dress accordingly especially if you decide to sit in the outside area of the boat.

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June 26, 2019

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