Puffin tour from Reykjavik

Puffin Tour from Reykjavík
The Puffin is by many considered to be Iceland's national bird.
The puffin is a social animal.
A puffin diving for food.
On the Puffin Tour from Reykjavík your guides do their very best not to disturb the puffins.
Puffins are accustomed to being watched by humans.
Puffins usually mate for life and are known to reuse the same nest site year after year.
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Marvel over Iceland’s most adorable creature on this affordable and rewarding puffin-watching tour. This trip leaves multiple times a day from Reykjavík throughout summer and lasts just an hour, so is perfect to fit around other plans.

You will board your puffin-watching boat from Reykjavík’s Old Harbour, which is right beside the downtown area, and zip straight out onto the ocean. Your vessel has been doing this for seventeen years and is perfectly adapted for getting as close to the puffins as possible. Two islands just off the coast of the capital, Lundey and Akurey, are havens for these adorable little birds, and they take just fifteen minutes to reach. 

You will visit whichever island is most convenient based on the weather. Both are very similar, however: picturesque, with rocky shores, little hills, and thousands upon thousands of birds. While puffins are, of course, the highlight of this trip, other species may peak your interest; Northern Fulmars, Arctic Terns, and Black Guillemots are all regularly seen.

Your boat will work hard not to disturb the birds, but you will soon see that the puffins are well accustomed to being watched, and do not frighten easily. You can thus observe them knowing that the impact you are having on their nesting and feeding is absolutely minimal. You will be surprised how close you can get to them, and the binoculars on board allow your experience to be even more personal.

There is an expert on Iceland’s birdlife on board with you, who will tell you about the puffins, other species, and the surrounding nature. They are, of course, more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.

After spending half hour or so at either Lundey or Akurey, you will return to Reykjavík harbour, having had an excellent experience that barely scratched into your valuable time in this country.

Enjoy Iceland’s cutest creature, on this affordable, convenient, and wonderful tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Aug.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Lundey, Akurey, Engey
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:30. 09:00, 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:30,

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • 100% sightings

  • Binoculars on board

  • Expert captain

  • Guide on board

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

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The weather was beautiful on the morning we took our boat ride out to see the puffins. Annika was an amazing tour guide- friendly and so knowledgeable about the area and the puffins! There were so many puffins in the water and we really got a great view of them swimming and feeding on the fish. We couldn’t have asked for a better time except to stay out longer- haha!
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What a great experience!! Our guide was excellent and provided great insights into the puffins world. Our son, 9 , really loved it too but was a bit disappointed that he couldn't pick one up and hug them
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Very fun, short tour. Easy way to get to see puffins without considering a full day trip to Westman Islands. Boat was small (no bathrooms) but comfortable. Our guide was super knowledgeable!
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Super friendly and informative boat trip out to see the Puffins. Our guide knew what she was talking about and did a great job telling us about the Puffins, as well as informing us in a fun way about how the tour would progress (When we are moving fast you may want to stay inside to stay dry etc).
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The puffin tour was not too short, not too long, very informative and lots of fun. It was quite relaxing on the boat as well, but exciting when we got to the puffins. The puffins are smaller than you'd expect, but still incredible to watch. Would recommend this tour for anyone.
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The puffin tour was wonderful! We saw so many puffins and our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, we couldn't have asked for a better experience!
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Great time. The guide was so fun and knowledgeable about puffins. We also saw so many puffins and they were really active on the island nd in the water
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It was great, the guides had a great sense of humor and were very knowledgeable about the puffins. I learned a lot and was able to see hundreds of puffins.
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We had a wonderful week in Iceland. Loved the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle, and a two-day tour of the South Coast. All tours had been arranged by Guide to Iceland and were a perfect fit for us. I was disappointed in the trip to see the puffins. We saw just a few flying but none on land.
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I saw so many puffins! Some were flying with fish, some sitting on the water and hanging out on Lundey island. We had an expert captain and a wonderful guide who told many Icelandic tales. Special Tours and Wildlife Adventures were so nice to rebook my trip and arrange pickup and dropoff for me because I missed the first booking. I highly recommend this tour as well as the tour operator.
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