Puffin Watching Tour on Breidafjordur Bay

Puffin Watching Tour on Breidafjordur Bay
Elliðaey island on Breiðarfjörður bay, west Iceland, seen in early summer, with the lighthouse standing proudly at the cliff edge.
hexagonal basalt columns on Elliðaey island, creating a unique environment for birds to nest.
A small grotto by the sea on Elliðaey island, west Iceland.
Travellers enjoying a day out on the Breiðafjörður bay, near Stykkishólmur township.
A seagull and a kittiwake resting on rocks out in the bay, in high summer. West Iceland.
A cliff turned white with guano, filled with nesting sea birds, offers a perfect photo opportunity. Breiðafjörður Bay, West Iceland.

Join us on out on Breiðarfjörður bay for a day of puffin spotting, on one of our well-equipped sightseeing boats. Our boats are typical Icelandic fishing boats, which are especially useful for nature and bird watching because we can get closer to the puffins and other birds nestled in the many small isles than on other bigger boats. Our ambition is offering excellent service for all of our guests.

The Puffin tour starts in Stykkishólmur. From there we sail to the island that is the main settlement for puffins on the bay: Elliðaey. The island is full of puffins, and during high puffin season around the middle of July, there are about 2000 couples nesting in the island. This is not at all unusual, as the islands in Breiðafjörður are full of birdlife during summertime; among other birds to see are kittiwake, cormorants, arctic terns, white-tailed eagles and many more.

Elliðaey is a beautiful island which was inhabited until the year 1950. You can still see the buildings in the islands: a house, barn and a lighthouse. The family that lived on the island from 1922 to 1950 were lighthouse keepers. Even though they do not live there anymore, the family still takes care of the island and the properties on it. There is a lot of history connected to the islands on Breiðafjörður bay that you will discover on our tour.

This trip is ideal for taking pictures of puffin as we can go very close to the cliffs of the islands, without disturbing the birds. We will then sail around the island and take a look at beautiful basalt columns. After we have explored the island, we head to a place where seals are often spotted. After that, we go back to Stykkishólmur. As we sail, there is always a chance to see something remarkable, like eagles and dolphins, which also inhabit the bay. 

Don't miss the opportunity for a visit to the Breiðafjörður bay. Reserve your tour today.   

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Oct.
  • Duration: 1,5 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Breiðafjörður, Snæfellsnes, Stykkishólmur
Pickup information:
    Ocean adventures ticket office at Stykkishólmur harbour.

    Please be at the tour start location in good time for departure.

    • Guided tour

    • Boat ride

    • Pickup

    • Warm clothes

    What to bring:
    • Warm clothes

    Good to know:

    The weather can be chilly out on the open wather and the weather can change quickly so please bring warm clothes.


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