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Puffin Watching in Reykjavik
Activities in Reykjavík

Puffin Watching in Reykjavik

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The visit has exceeded our expectations. The guide is very attentive. The boat very well. All perfect.
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts
US$ 65.80
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts
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Puffin watching is a must-do activity on your trip to Reykjavik. Cruise around the Icelandic islands, admiring their rugged beauty and discovering the large populations of puffins that live there.

Puffins in Reykjavik
Using binoculars to see puffins up close
Watching puffins from the boat
Puffin flying near Reykjavik
Close up views of a puffin
Puffins in their natural habitat

Puffin Watching in Reykjavik

What's the best time of year to see puffins in Reykjavik? Between May and August, these birds return to Iceland after a long winter at sea and inhabit the Nordic islands.

After boarding our boat, we'll set sail to the north, where we'll find some of the Icelandic islands with the largest populations of puffins. Their black and white feathers can make them hard to distinguish from penguins, until you see their brightly coloured beaks! There will be plenty of time to take photos and to use binoculars to get a closer look at the birds.

Throughout the tour, the English speaking guide will reveal curious facts about the lives of these birds. Did you know, for example, that puffins are monogamous? And that they only lay one egg a year? You'll be puffin experts by the end of our trip! What's more, you'll also get to see some of the other birds that inhabit the area, such as the common eider, the arctic tern and cormorants.

After an hour's puffin watching boat trip, we'll return to the original departure port.

What island will we visit?

On the day of the tour, the boat captain will decide which Reykjavik island we'll visit for the best puffin sighting opportunities. Depending on the tides and weather conditions, we may head towards Engey, Akurey or Lundey. All three are located a similar distance from the city and are known for the abundant presence of puffins.

We won't disembark on any island so as not to disturb the birds, but we'll get as close as we can to their coasts, always respecting the puffins.

Pick up

This activity doesn't include pick up from every hotel as the roads in central Reykjavik aren't accessible by coach. When you choose the name of your hotel during the booking process, you'll be shown the nearest pick-up point. If the text "Bus stop" with a number appears next to the name of your hotel, you'll need to go to that stop. There are thirteen bus stops:

  • Ráðhúsið / City Hall. Bus stop 1.
  • Tjörnin /The Pond. Bus stop 2.
  • Lækjargata. Bus Stop 3.
  • Tryggvagata. Bus Stop 4.
  • Harpa. Bus Stop 5.
  • Safnahúsið/Culture House. Bus Stop 6.
  • Traðarkot. Bus Stop 7.
  • Hallgrímskirkja. Bus Stop 8.
  • Snorrabraut. Bus Stop 9.
  • Hlemmur. Bus Stop 10.
  • Austurbær. Bus Stop 11.
  • Höfðatorg. Bus Stop 12.
  • Rauðarárstígur. Bus Stop 13.

You can check the location of the bus stops on this map. The bus will pick you up from the specified meeting point 30 minutes before the scheduled time

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Adults Children between 7 and 16 years old Children under 7 years old
US$ 65.80
US$ 32.90
  • Adults

    US$ 65.80
  • Children between 7 and 16 years old

    US$ 32.90
  • Children under 7 years old


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Covid-19 Measures

Please check local restrictions before traveling. All of our services comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.


1 hour.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.


Transport by coach and boat.

English speaking guide.



When to book?

You can book up until the previous day (8:00 am) if there are still places available. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.


Not wheelchair accessible.


All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.

No printing of documentation required.


Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.
US$ 65.80
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts