Water activity

Reykjavik: Puffin Watching Boat Tour

Activity provider: Special Tours Iceland
Water activity

Reykjavik: Puffin Watching Boat Tour

Activity provider: Special Tours Iceland

From US$ 48.79 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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Live tour guide


  • 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 in Reykjavik. Enjoy a 100% guarantee of puffin sightings, and learn about these and other local birds from an expert guide.

Head out from the Old Harbour of Reykjavik to the surrounding Faxaflói Bay and onto two nearby islands, Lundey and Akurey, covered in small hills and slopes and known for their colorful birdlife. Once arriving at the islands, observe the native birds and picturesque surroundings with the boat's engine turned off. Enjoy seeing puffins as well as other birds, 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.

  • Boat tour
  • 100% guaranteed puffin sightings
  • Guide
  • Binoculars on board
  • App available in 5 languages
  • Transfers
  • Food and drink

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Meeting point

Meet at the Special Tours office on Reykjavik´s Old Harbor.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • 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

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 232 reviews

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I really enjoyed the experience. First, being on the ocean was amazing. I love sailing, and the trip to the small island where the puffins live was so enjoyable. The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly and excited about the tour they were giving. That's what makes this tour fun. Getting to see Puffins in the wild from an ocean view was an incredible adventure. It's something I always wanted to do. Glad I went with this tour company.

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March 31, 2023

Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable, the boat pilot was skilled, and we saw lots of puffins and other birds. They were very respectful of the animals. I recommend finding the meeting spot well in advance so you aren't scrambling to get there on time. "The Old Harbor" is not where the Harpa building is. It's across the street and down a little from the Reykjavik Art museum, near bus stop #4. There is a huge puffin statue outside the Special Tours office.

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March 31, 2023

This tour is perfect. One hour is just about right to see the birds, and you're not cold for waiting too long. The boat is small but there is plenty of room to move around to see everything. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we saw plenty of birds. The boat gets close enough to the island and they also have binoculars.

March 31, 2023

Product ID: 22613