Small Group 1-Hour Puffin Watching Adventure in RIB from Reykjavik Harbor

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Harbour, Eyjarslóð, Reykjavík, Iceland
1 hour
Apr. - Aug.
Minimum age
10 years old


Marvel over Iceland’s favorite bird, the adorable puffin, on a thrilling RIB adventure from Reykjavik. Travelers looking for a small group experience, an exciting boat tour, and an unforgettable wildlife experience should not hesitate to book this summer excursion.

This puffin-watching tour begins at Reykjavik’s Old Harbor, where your guide and RIB vessel await. You’ll dress in a life jacket and overalls but will still want warm clothes underneath to protect you against the sea winds.

Once a maximum of twelve have been seated on your speedy, inflatable boat, you’ll leave Reykjavik harbor and enter the beautiful Faxafloi bay. The city skyline is even more spectacular from the sea, so admire incredible landmarks such as the Harpa Concert Hall and Hallgrimskirkja church as you set out.

You’ll also want to enjoy the trip, as few Reykjavik experiences are as fun as a RIB ride, whether bumping over waves or zooming across tranquil waters. Seabirds will swoop above you, and lucky travelers may spot porpoises or dolphins!

There are many islands around Faxafloi bay with nesting puffins, and you’ll head to the most convenient, most likely Akurey or Lundey. 

Once you arrive at your destination, your guide will turn off the engines, providing you with some relaxation and preventing the puffins from becoming distressed. They will then lend each traveler a pair of binoculars for a closer look at these gorgeous animals.

Many qualities of puffins make them so popular. Their colorful beaks, black-and-white feathers, and small size provide them with unique beauty, and the fact they nest in lifelong pairs has a romantic charm.

Their behavior is also adorable, as they have a clumsy waddle and must run across the water’s surface to take flight from the surface. 

However, their most fascinating quality is that they are rare worldwide but reliably seen in Iceland. From May to September, they nest in couples across many islands and cliffs and feed in the coastal waters.

Puffins are just one of the many birds that nest in Iceland in summer, so you may also see auks, gannets, and many other species. 

You’ll have plenty of time to admire the puffins and can photograph them if you bring a camera with a zoom lens. Your guide is an expert in these birds and will tell you fascinating details about their biology and behavior.

They can also answer any of your questions, which is easier due to this boat tour’s small-group guarantee.

After a fantastic viewing experience, your RIB will take you on a thrilling adventure back to Reykjavik harbor. Marvel over the city skyline again and watch for more dolphins and birds.

Once you return to the land and give back your equipment, you can continue your adventures in Reykjavik or further afield, as this wildlife tour takes just one hour.

Discover puffins on an adventurous, small-group RIB boat tour from Reykjavik harbor. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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One hour expertly guided puffin watching tour in a 12 seater RIB boat
Small group - only 12 passengers with expert guide and captain
Reykjavik sightseeing with panoramic views of the Sun Voyager and the Harpa Concert Hall
Binoculars included for each passenger
Warm overalls, gloves, goggles and all necessary safety equipment.


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What to bring

Warm clothing

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Please keep an eye on your phone and emails leading up to this tour, as it may be rescheduled if the sea conditions are too rough.

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