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Puffin Watching Tour | Small Groups from Reykjavik

Puffin Watching Tour | Small Groups from Reykjavik

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Get up close to Iceland’s most beloved animal with this puffin watching tour from Reykjavík harbour. This excursion should appeal to anyone who loves animals, being on the sea, and spectacular scenery.

This great excursion begins when you board a small fishing vessel at Reykjavík’s Old Harbour; the size of this boat will not only allow you to get close to the puffins, but will also ensure you have much more opportunity to ask your friendly guides questions than you would on a larger ship.

Once everyone has boarded, you’ll set out into the beautiful Faxaflói Bay. You’ll get some fantastic views of the capital, and its features such as the Harpa Concert Hall, as well as the surrounding nature. In clear weather, you’ll be able to see Hvalfjörður, the Whale Fjord; Mount Esjan; the Reykjanes Peninsula; and possibly even the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Your destination is one of two uninhabited islands, Lundey and Akurey; which one you go to will depend on weather conditions. Both, however, are home to thousands of adorable puffins from May to September.

Binoculars on board will allow you to see them up close, as they nest in their pairs on the rocks and bob with the waves on the sea. Many will be flying overhead, and watching them take off from the water is a delight; their small wings require them to clumsily run across the surface before they are able to become airborne.

While this tour focuses on these beautiful birds, the Icelandic waters are pregnant with life. Though there are no guarantees, you may also see creatures such as seals, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, harbour porpoises and even humpbacks. One very rare occasions, other marine mammals such as orcas and blue whales are spotted.

Of course, you are likely to see a wealth of other seabirds as well.

After an hour, you will be whisked back to Reykjavík’s harbour. As this experience does not take long, and drops you back off right in the centre of the city, you have the rest of your day to do whatever you like.

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to see puffins from the sea. Check availability by choosing a date.


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Children must be accompanied by an adult

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

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