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  • Location:Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Duration:60 minutes (approx.)

Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Puffin Sightseeing Cruise

When your cruise ship docks at Reykjavik Port, take a 1-hour shore excursion to Akurey Island to see where one of Iceland’s largest colony of puffins live! Choose from four different start times, and after a 15-minute cruise, glide around the island, seeing its puffins and other native bird life like Black Guillemots and Arctic Terns. Learn about the captivating wildlife from an onboard guide and then return to Reykjavik.


  • 1-hour puffin sightseeing cruise from Reykjavik Port
  • See puffins and rare bird life in their natural habitat on a Reykjavik shore excursion
  • Cruise from Reykjavik to Akurey Island aboard a state-of-the-art sightseeing boat
  • Learn about the flora and fauna of Akurey Island from an expert guide
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Puffin Sightseeing Cruise

See puffins in their natural habitat on a Reykjavik shore excursion!

Choose from one of four start times, and then leave Reykjavik Port behind as you glide away from the capital on your 1-hour puffin sightseeing cruise! The rocky little outcrop of Akurey Island is your destination – home to some of Iceland’s most unspoiled scenery as well as a large colony of nesting puffins. The cruise there takes roughly 15 minutes and as you travel, your onboard guide will keep you entertained with tales of the island’s fascinating geology and wildlife.

As you near the island, cruise around it, admiring the hills and slopes while keeping an eye out for the colorful bird life that abounds. The shoreline is rocky, but your modern sightseeing boat is specially designed to get as close in as possible, enabling some of the best close-up views of puffins and other native seabirds; Northern Fulmars, Arctic Terns and Black Guillemots are just a few species that have made the island their home.

After circling Akurey Island, the captain of your boat will turn the engine off, allowing you to enjoy the peace and quiet of Iceland’s natural treasures. Pose for photos in front of a backdrop of rolling hills and get ready to capture pictures of seabirds nesting or diving into the sea for food. Help yourself to a fresh cup of coffee on board while admiring the views, and then return to Reykjavik Port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to Reykjavik for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

John G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

All went very smoothly and the operation is well organised. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about all the seabirds and he and the skipper of the boat took time to paint the bigger picture as well as making sure that we saw as much as we wanted of the main attraction, the Puffins. Well worth the visit.

Stefanie M

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Seeing puffins was awesome! They are very cute little birds!

LuAnn G

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

I would love the opportunity to do this again, when the puffins are all home. We only saw 4, and that was because we did the very first tour of the summer, May 1. I understand and do not discredit the planned tour at all. Just too early in the year. The tour team was knowledgeable and very nice.

Stephen S

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2015

Pretty tough to see puffins in any detail but the narrative and the narrator were informative and interesting.

John B

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2015

Supposedly we went out on a calm day. Trip was quite scary. Boat was very small for 37 people. Life vests were available but not given out. People were terrified as boat rocked from side to side once we got our of the harbor. Some people got sick. Could not get very close to view puffins.

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