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Reykjavik Puffin Watching Experience

From £38 pp (1 May - 15 August)

Iceland, Reykjavik

1 - 1.5 hours

Small group tour

Reykjavik Puffin Watching Experience

What You'll Do

Join a fun small group adventure to see the puffins in their natural environment. The trip out to the islands where the Puffin colonies nest is on a small comfortable boat, and you will have a unique chance to see the beautiful Puffins in their home on the rugged cliffs.

An expert guide will meet you on board one of the comfortable boats, docked at the floating pier.

Iceland is home to over half of the worlds Atlantic puffin population and the Summer months between May and September are the best time to see them. Depending on the tides and conditions on the islands the captain will take you to either Engey, Akurey or Lundey, one of three islands well known for their plentiful birdlife. We cannot go on the islands, but try and get as close as possible without disturbing the nesting birds. 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 close to the puffins without disturbing any natural behaviour. If the weather is right we might even turn off the engines so that you can enjoy  some quiet time listening to the birds calling. During the tour the crew will tell you interesting facts and tales about the puffins and the surroundings. As the birds are small in size, we recommend bringing a good zoom lens for ‘close up’ photography or binoculars. We also have raincoats and binoculars available to borrow on board.

Experience
Highlights

See puffins in their natural habitat

Led by an experienced local guide

Your Local Host:

Rannveig and Team

We are a female led - family-owned boat tour operator that spans 4 generations of Icelanders. The company started out in 2000 due to the family's common interest in wildlife, boats and people and running whale watching tours were the perfect way to unite these factors, while giving locals and tourists the chance to experience Iceland’s marine life.

Location Information

The boat will depart from the old harbour in Reykjavik. You will be taken to one of three small islands off the coast of Reykjavik, where the puffin colonies live. Experience the sights of a circus of puffins. You will get as close to the islands without disturbing the birds or causing them any harm. You will also be able to see some beautiful views both of the islands and of Reykjavik on your way back to the Old Harbour.

  • Use of raincoats
  • Use of binoculars
  • Excellent captain/ guide

FAQs

At the Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavík. Just come to the ticket office and exchange your voucher for a boat ticket, and you will be directed to the boat.