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.
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. If you want to see them first hand in their natural habitat, we'll be waiting for you at 5 AEgisgardur Street.
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.
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All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:
- A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
- Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.
- The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
- Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
|Adults||Children between 7 and 16 years old||Children under 7 years old|
Children between 7 and 16 years oldUS$ 23.30
Children under 7 years oldFree
The tour is exclusively in English.
Transport by boat.
English speaking guide.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up until the previous day (8:00 AM local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
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.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).