Reykjavik Express Puffin Tour

On a puffin watching tour from Reykjavík harbour, you'll get close to the birds on a RIB boat
A puffin flying over the waters just off Reykjavík´s shores
Just off Reykjavík's shores are three islands teeming with puffins in the summer
You'll reach the islands just off Reykjavík's shores quicker on a RIB boat
Puffins in search of food, flying over the waters just off the shores of Reykjavík
You'll see these adorable black and white birds on a puffin watching tours from Reykjavík

Explore the rich birdlife just outside of Reykjavík on a RIB boat with this fun-filled puffin-watching tour. Those wanting to get to know Iceland´s spectacular nature, and do so with a little thrill, should not let this opportunity pass them by.

Puffins are fascinating little creatures that flock to Iceland during the summertime to breed and feed before heading south for the winter. They dig burrows and nest in the hills of three islands just off the coast of Reykjavík and stay there with their little pufflings until they are big enough to fend for themselves. The puffins are often seen flying about or splashing in the sea with a bill full of sand-eel or other prey found in the waters of Faxaflói Bay.

You'll meet your guide at the Old Harbour in Reykjavík where you will be given overalls. They will then assist you with putting on life vests and other necessary equipment before walking you down to the floating pier where your captain awaits you onboard a RIB boat, also known as a Zodiac.

The fast boat can get you quicker and closer to the islands than any other, and therefore you'll have both an optimal view of the puffins, and get more time marvelling at the fantastic birdlife.

If the conditions are just right, the captain might turn off the engines completely, so you'll get a pleasant and peaceful experience with the birds by the shores of the nesting islands.

Among other birds frequently spotted on the tour are Auks, Guillemots, Skuas, Arctic terns and Gannets but a variety of other seabirds can often be seen as well. Your specially trained, professional guides will tell you all about the islands, the birds and wildlife seen on the tour, as well as other interesting sights you may come across - and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

This is a relatively short, small-group-tour and therefore perfect for those who have limited time in the city or those who want to venture further than the city centre. Book now to secure your spot! Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Aug.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Faxaflói, Lundey, Hallgrímskirkja, Viðey, Akurey, Esjan, Sun Voyager, Engey, Reykjavík Harbour, Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:30, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30,

You meet us at the departure location.
Ægisgarður 5, 101 Reykjavík
  • Warm flotation suit

  • Excellent guidance

  • Necessary safety equipment

  • 1 hr. RIB tour

  • Coastal view of Reykjavík

  • Refreshments

  • Hotel Pickup

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing

  • Sturdy shoes

  • Camera

Good to know:

This is a 1 hr. tour on a RIB boat. Passengers must be taller than 145 cm. and fit into one of our overalls (max size xxxl) to partake in the tour. Although we do not venture far off shore, it is advised that pregnant women and people with back problems not join the tour since there is a risk of skidding from hitting the waves.

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TOUR DEPARTURE: All our tours start from Reykjavík’s old harbour. The departure time is indicated on your confirmation/voucher. It is the service buyer’s responsibility to arrive at our tour office in time to check in and to board the boat.

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Reykjavik Express Puffin Tour

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