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Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Puffin Sightseeing Cruise

Reykjavík, Iceland
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Docked in Reykjavik and want to see the wildlife? Take this shore excursion to Akurey Island, home to puffins and other native seabirds. It’s a great 1-hour cruise to see some of Iceland’s famous scenery and wildlife, while learning about the area from an onboard guide.
  • 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
Select your preferred start time, and then cruise away from the Port of Reykjavik. The 15-minute journey to Akurey Island allows you to relax and listen to your guide’s commentary about the area’s flora and fauna.

Circle around the island outcrop and watch for the puffins and other native seabirds like Arctic terns. Your state-of-the-art sightseeing boat is designed to reach tricky areas, allowing you to cruise close to Akurey’s rocky shoreline.

When your circle of the island is complete, enjoy a few moments of peace and calm with the boat’s engine silenced. Use the time to take photos of the scenery and wildlife, and then cruise back to the Port of Reykjavik. Coffee is served on board as you go

Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Port of 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.
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Special Tours
Meet your expert guide at the Special Tours ticket office before boarding. On this 1 hour tour you will learn all about the amazing puffins and other birds that frequent the islands during the summer months. Other birds spotted include Northern Fulmars, Gulls, Arctic Terns, and Black Guillemots. Our Puffin Watching Tours are very cozy and comfortable, and they only take one hour, which is convenient for Iceland‘s tourists’ precious time. This tour provides round-trip transfers to and from Skarfabakki Harbour for cruise ship passengers.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included

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Puffins Everywhere!
, Aug 2019
This is a short, nice tour to see the puffins on the islands in the bay. A naturalist was on-board, and did an excellent job educating us on puffins and other birds. I would recommend.
Really excellent! We had a very calm...
Carol K
, Sep 2017
Really excellent! We had a very calm day so saw lots of puffins, as we learned they need loads of wind to take off!! Our guide on the boat gave an outstanding commentary, both interesting and entertaining. So exciting as it was a lifelong dream of mine to see these little cuties and they did not disappoint. Booking office was easy to find at the harbor and there is a handy toilet in there to use before you set sail.
The tour description is very...
Anita L
, Sep 2017
The tour description is very accurate. Binoculars were provided, but the quality was not very good. Suggest you bring your own. It was a very nice day, so we sat in the back of the boat which was a big mistake because the speakers did not work. We did not hear a thing the guide said. We did get to see Puffins which was great. It was excting to see them on the island, in the water and flying around.
We saw puffins, but only from a...
John P
, Jul 2016
We saw puffins, but only from a significant distance. Worse, the guide was very perfunctory in his commentary and displayed a general attitude of boredom and indifference.
Excellent short trip from the main...
Michael S
, Jun 2016
Excellent short trip from the main harbour, but not many puffins. Considering they are the main reason to visit or do this trip I think they should give seasonal tours with more breed specific dates.
nice day trip out to the island that is...
Brendan T
, Jun 2016
nice day trip out to the island that is 10 minutes away. Pretty neat little things
Pretty tough to see puffins in any...
Stephen S
, Aug 2015
Pretty tough to see puffins in any detail but the narrative and the narrator were informative and interesting.
Supposedly we went out on a calm...
John B
, Jul 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.
Seeing puffins was awesome! They are...
Stefanie M
, Jun 2015
Seeing puffins was awesome! They are very cute little birds!
I would love the opportunity to do...
LuAnn G
, 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.

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