Reykjavík Puffin Watching

Puffins on a ledge in Iceland
  • Tour Overview
  • Tour Information
  • Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Abundance of puffins flying around
  • Colorful Bird life

Description:

The tour is a fun and easy adventure on a boat. A guide will meet you on board one of our smaller boats, which are docked at the floating pier in front of the Whale Watching Center. Depending on the tides and conditions on the islands our captains will take you to either Akurey or Lundey. The islands are well known for their plentiful bird life and in addition to puffins you have the opportunity to view other birds such as eider ducks, arctic terns, guillemots and cormorants. The island's shores are rocky but our captains know the best spots to get closer to the puffins in their natural habitat. If the weather is right we might even turn off the engines so that you can enjoy the nature better and listen to the bird's calls. During the tour the crew will tell you interesting facts and tales about the puffins and the surroundings. 

Availability:

  • Summer
Duration: 1-1.5 hours

Difficulty:

  • Rated 2 out of 5 or Easy

Pickup:

  • Yes (extra cost)

Meet on Location:

  • Yes

Minimum Age:

  • 7 years old
Price: ISK 6,500

Included:

  • Use of raincoats
  • Use of binoculars
  • Guided tour

What to bring:

  • Dress warmly

Pickup times:

  • 30 minutes before departure

Departures:

  • 9:30 AM , 12:00 & 15:00 PM

Operates:

  • Every day (from Ægisgarður, old Reykjavík harbor)

Good to know:

  • As the birds are small in size, we recommend bringing a tripod and a good zoom lens for 'close up' photography and/or binoculars (also available to lend on board). Note that as Puffins are wild animals we cannot control their behavior or how many we will see. It’s good to check the tides before the tour as we can get closer to the islands on high tides.
  • Tour area: Our puffin watching tours focus on the islands Akurey and Lundey that are known for their plentiful birdlife. Depending on the tides and conditions on the islands the captain decides each morning which island to sail towards.The islands' shores are rocky but our captains know the best spots to get close to the puffins in their natural habitat.

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