Puffin Watching Tour from Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Puffin Watching Tour from Snaefellsnes Peninsula
These puffins seem happy nesting on Melrakkaey Island just off Iceland's shores in Breiðafjörður Bay.
The Puffin is a highly social creature and will do anything to impress their fellow bird when nesting around Iceland.
Puffins can be found on several nesting grounds in and around Iceland, such as the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the West.
Kirkjufell Mountain is one of the pearls of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and you will catch a great view of it from your puffin watching excursion.
The sunset in Breiðafjörður Bay is the perfect end to your day exploring the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
This traditional oak fishing vessel will be your guide to the puffins on Melrakkaey Island during your Snæfellsnes adventure.
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See the country’s most adorable creature, the North Atlantic Puffin, as you cruise 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 as a nature reserve. 

Perching on the island’s cliffs, you will find the charming puffins. Due to their distinctive look, and the black 'jacket' on their backs, locals have a nickname for the bird: 'Prófasturinn' - The Preacher Man. With a black crown and back; pale grey cheeks; orange legs and boldly marked red and black beak, these beautiful birds spend most of their life on the open ocean, only coming to shore annually to find a mate and nest.

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 looming and dark Cormorants, and Eiders, large and stunning sea-ducks.

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, arguably the most beautiful mountain on Snæfellsnes peninsula, as well as being the most photographed mountain in Iceland. 

This tour is every nature 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:
  • Available: May. - Aug.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: West Iceland , Snæfellsnes, Grundarfjörður, Melrakkaey
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 10:00. 14:00, 14:45, 18:00,

Grundarfjörður harbour

Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure. If you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • 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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Our guide was so kind and so informative. She gave us so much information about all of the birds and wildlife. Additionally, she was so personable and shared a lot about her experience in Iceland. It was a great trip!
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