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Reykjavik: Half–Day Whales and Puffins Combo Tour

4.2 / 5

79 reviews

Reykjavik: Half–Day Whales and Puffins Combo Tour

Activity provider: Special Tours Iceland
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From US$ 118.70 per person

Go whale and puffin watching in gloriously beautiful Reykjavík. Feel amazed at how many different types of whales you'll see.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Sail from Reykjavik on a large boat to see the whales
  • See the puffins up-close on the little boat Old Skuli
  • Rest assured, if there are no whales you get another ticket for free
  • Stay warm and cozy with overalls supplied by the crew
Full description
See the adorable puffins living only a short boat ride away from the Old Harbor in Reykjavík. Travel by a small boat named Skúlaskeið (Old Skúli), perfect for puffin watching, since it has a shallow draught, and therefore can get really close to the small islands where the puffins live. The guides are very knowledgeable about the thriving bird life in Reykjavík's surroundings. Benefit from this combo tour's included classic whale watching tour, operated on the Andrea boat, lasting 3 to 3.5 hours. The Andrea is the biggest whale watching boat in Iceland, and has an educational and interactive focus. It is also family friendly and spacious with a cafeteria on-board. If you choose to, you can switch to the express tour leaving 1 hour later on a faster boat that gets you out to the whale watching area quicker than the other whale watching boats, but still allows you to have plenty of time. Most common whale sights in Faxaflói Bay are minke whales, humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises. Note that these are two separate tours and you don't have to do them on the same day.
  • Warm inside seating
  • Warm overalls for the whale watching tour
  • Binoculars for the puffin tour
  • Experienced guide on both tours
  • 100% sightings guarantee for the puffin tour
  • Free ticket to try again in case nothing is seen on the whale watching tour
  • App available in English, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese
  • Hotel pick–up (available for purchase)
  • Hot drinks and refreshments (available for purchase)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please consider the best time for whale watching in Iceland is during the summer months (from April to September)
  • The chances of spotting whales may be lower at other times of the year
  • To make your excursion even more pleasurable, be sure to bring warm and comfortable clothing
  • Please note that these tours are dependent on correct weather conditions; your captains will make their decision to sail based on many years of experience, always keeping in mind passenger safety and comfort
  • Please note that the Express Whale Watching tour is a faster boat, so this option is 2-2.5 hours for whale watching. You spend the same amount of time in the whale watching area
  • The 9:00 AM departure is the Classic Whale Watching followed by the Puffin Express tour at 12:30 PM
  • The 10:00 AM departure is the Express Whale Watching followed by the Puffin Express tour at 12:30 PM
  • The 12:30 PM departure begins with Puffin Express, followed by Express Whale Watching at 2:00 PM
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 79 reviews

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Well organized tours. The guides are very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions which is what makes such an experience a good one. The see was rough but we got informed a day before and offered free pills against see sickness if we wanted. We ended up seeing a few whales which was great and also the puffins tour brings you really close to those interesting birds.

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July 15, 2021


I can recommend this tour, the organisation was great, the guides were very friendly and we received a lot of information about the puffins and whales during the tours. People just need to be aware that there is never a guarantee to see any whales and it certainly won't be like in an animal documentary with whales jumping out of the water right in front of you. If you see nothing at all you can normally re-book the tour for free though. The puffins are much easier in that regard as they breed on an island and fly around there, so we saw loads of them up close. I can recommend both tours though!

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October 3, 2019

Fantastic whale watching. Puffins were ok...

Overall we had a great time! The whale watching was fantastic. We saw several different types of whales. We also got right in the middle of a pod of dolphins that decided to jump and play around the boat! Fantastic. The puffin tour was OK. Our guide was fantastic - a super enthusiastic marine biology. She made the trip! Unfortunately, the boat couldn’t get very close to the birds and they were hard to see even with the binoculars. We had a good time, but I’m not sure I would do it again.

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July 31, 2019

Product ID: 74963