Reykjavík Classic Puffin Watching
Tour name: Reykjavík Classic Puffin Watching
Duration: 1 hours
Physical rating: easy
Available: 15 May - 15 August
Pick up available from nearby hotels
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 Centre. 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 birdlife 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.
The puffin watching tour commences at our ticket office by Ægisgarður pier in the Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavík.
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).
COMBO: Combine this tour with Whale Watching!
Are you interested in a more thrilling experience? Check out our "express" tour that will take you closer and faster to the Puffins!
- Use of raincoats
- Use of binoculars
- Excellent guidance
What to bring
- Tripod for better camera stability (if taking photographs)
- A good zoom lens for close up photographs (if taking photographs)
Good to know
The deck on the boat can be slippery. We recommend wearing good sturdy footwear. For optimal viewing and a more enjoyable cruise this tour is weather dependent.
A fascinating boat trip that takes you up close and personal!
Note that as Puffins are wild animals we cannot control their behaviour or how many we will see.
We abide by a Code of Conduct in order not to disrupt the nesting and/or resting birds.
It’s good to check the tides before the tour as we can get closer to the islands on high tides.