Puffin Watching Tour from Snaefellsnes Peninsula 

See the country’s most adorable creature, the Atlantic puffin, as you cruise the Breiðafjörður Bay on a traditional oak fishing boat. This puffin tour around Melrakkaey island is perfect for all nature lovers who are travelling the Snæfellsnes peninsula and want to add an adventure to their holiday.

At the town of Grundarfjörður, you will board a traditional Icelandic fishing boat and head on out to sea. You will get to discover the rich and spectacular wildlife of Snæfellsnes as you sail towards the small and uninhabited island of Melrakkaey.

Located just off the shores of Grundarfjörður, this lush island is edged by white cliffs of basalt rocks. Several species of nesting birds make Melrakkaey its home and to preserve the pure nature, the island is now protected. 

In the island’s cliffs, you will find the charming puffins. Due to its distinctive look, and the black 'jacket' on it's back, locals have nicknamed the bird 'Prófasturinn' - The Preacher Man. With a black crown and back, pale grey cheeks, orange legs and boldly marked red and black beak, this much-loved bird spends most of its life in the open ocean, only coming to shore to breed.

On the island, you will also find other species of birds, such as glaucous gulls, the second biggest species of gulls found in Iceland; the large and dark cormorants, and eiders, the large sea-duck whose soft down was often used for filling pillows and quilts.

You will cruise around the island, enjoying not only in the rich birdlife but also the stunning landscape around. Dominating the scenery is Kirkjufell Mountain, considered by many to be the most beautiful mountain on Snæfellsnes peninsula. 

This tour is a photographer’s dream, and you will be given plenty of opportunities to capture the breathtaking landscape and abundant wildlife of the Snæfellsnes peninsula on film. 

Don’t hesitate, book now to explore Iceland’s incredible birdlife on this puffin tour around Melrakkaey island. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Grundarfjörður, Melrakkaey
Pickup information:
Departure location:
Grundarfjörður harbour
  • Guided boat tour

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Binoculars

  • Camera

Good to know:

Please note that this tour is dependent upon the weather, and thus the itinerary layout might be affected in extreme weather.

Please be at the harbour 15 minutes before the registered departure.

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