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Get up close and personal with puffins on this eco-adventure from Reykjavik. With your local nature guide, step aboard a custom boat that lets you glide right up to Akurey Island's jagged shore and see the adorable animals in their natural habitat. Enjoy engaging commentary about the puffins's biology and behavior from your guide. Use of binoculars for viewing bird life and ound-trip transportation from Reykjavik hotels are included. 


  • 1-hour puffin express cruise from Reykjavik
  • Experience Icelandic native species and see puffin and other seabirds in their natural habitat
  • Learn interesting facts about seafowls from your knowledgeable guide
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

Puffin Express Cruise to Akurey from Reykjavik

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

Following pickup at your hotel in Reykjavik, head for the shoreline and hop aboard the express boat to Akurey, an island off the coast of Iceland's capital that boasts a healthy population of puffins. You have the choice of five departure times throughout the day to suit your Iceland itinerary.

During your trip, learn from your expert guide about the puffins as well local seabirds, such as northern fulmars, gulls, arctic terns and black guillemots. Warm up with a fresh cup of coffee while watching the sweet seabirds nesting and diving into the sea after their next meal.

Between May and August every year, the puffins nest on the island. The rocky outcroppings and slopes that form protected areas are perfect for hatching and raising young puffins. Riding on a custom-designed boat means that you can get as close as possible to the funny little birds. Use of binoculars on your tour is also included. When you reach the island, you'll circle it a few times before the captain turns off the engines, allowing you to enjoy the bird life in peace. 

Your 1-hour tour ends with drop-off back at your hotel. 

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

LOVED IT. Our bus was late getting there so the boat turned round to the dock and collected us - amazing! we saw so many puffins and the guide was very talkative about the birds on Iceland. He came from Australia so he should know!!!
Highly recommend this trip but probably only in puffin nesting season.

Jennifer F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was fantastic! We saw so many puffins!

Jason O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

nice tour! very helpful and friendly tour guide and staff, would recommend! also saw lots of puffins too! thats the most important part :

Mary Fran A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I love watching animals. I could have stayed half a day. Great short boat ride, very knowledgable guide. They even had binoculars.

Allan I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

maggie d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The boat was comfortable and the crew were well informed and clear. Only the weather which was very grey spoilt it somewhat.

Patricia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent day - highly recommended!

Boris B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a lot of fun Note...take your own high powered binocs and your zoom lens. Puffins are actually little birds! We got quite close to the island, but you can only get so close The tour guides were great! Very informative and amusing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing! There were so many puffins! Tour guide did a great job and was very knowledgeable!

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