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Puffin Express Cruise from Reykjavik

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  • 1 hour (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


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 is 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

What's Included

  • Expert guide
  • Binoculars on board
  • NEW - Special Tours App (available in English, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel transfers (can be added for an additional cost - please contact supplier directly).

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Geirsgata 11
    Geirsgata 11, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

    Please make your way to the Special Tours ticket office. There you will check in and meet your guide, who will take everyone to the boat just before the departure time. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the departure.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Following pickup, 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 where you started.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Hotel pick up: Available to book directly with supplier (extra fees apply)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 33 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Puffin Express Cruise from Reykjavik?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Puffin Express Cruise from Reykjavik?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips

I suggest you dress warmly so you can stay outside and see more puffins!
262 reviews
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When we got to the port...
Susan_F, Aug 2022
When we got to the port the ticket person gave us tickets and pointed to a boat. She sent us to a whale watching cruise. We never got to see the puffins and we had another tour the next day. We were disappointed and had to change evening plans with friends. Very unhappy.
Awesome tour guide and captain
Deloris_G, Aug 2022
Seeing puffin’s up close, sharing it with a friend. Nothing more to say!!!This is annoying and I have nothing more to say. This particular survey question is what I am talking about.
Peter_G, Aug 2022
Rebeca our guide was very pleasant and informative. I now so much more about puffins and would recommend this trip to friends
Great Trip
Chris_K, Aug 2022
Great time! Worth it to see the Puffins in their environment, able to get so close to them , recommend it
Great tour
Benjamin_W, Jul 2022
Cute tour of Arkurey island and a chance to see puffins. We saw a ton of them over the water and on the island. It was a small boat, which was both good and bad - great views, but a little rocky. Extremely friendly guide
Finally saw the puffin
Tina_B, Jul 2022
This trip was just the right amount of time needed to see the puffins. The guide and capitán were knowledgeable about their location and habits.
Fun & convenient way to see Puffins
James_M, Jul 2022
This was a fun and convenient way to see puffins. Small boat was comfortable. 27 passengers on our cruise. Short trip from pier to island. We were surrounded by many dozen puffins flying, swimming and walking on island. They pretty much ignored us. Our knowledgeable guide described what we saw and answered our many questions. We were at the island approximately half hour. Weather was excellent so we watched from outside. Boat also has an interior region with windows. A great way to see these interesting and animated birds.
Puffin tour
Carrie_C, Jul 2022
A very short and sweet tour to see many puffins! The tour guide gives you lots of facts about the birds and you are free to move about the boat to view. I went my myself and had a great time.
The guide gave a great background of puffin lifestyle!
Advanip1234, Jul 2022
The boat had binoculars for us so it was great to see puffins closer. After hearing the guide, we appreciated watching puffins even more! Skuas are other birds chasing puffins for their food which we saw in action
Worth the trip to see the Puffins and Fulmar
Robert_S, Jul 2022
Would have liked more time next to the puffins and fewer people on board the ship. It was tough tom get a clear view with other people in the way.
Lots of Puffins to See!
Vladislav_P, Jul 2022
We got to see soo many puffins! We got really close to them on the "bigger" boat. The guide told us about the puffins and other sea birds. Great experience.
Guide was excellent! She...
Drew_M, Jul 2022
Guide was excellent! She and the captain gave a lot of interesting information about both the puffins and Iceland.
Great crew!
Tracey_L, Jul 2022
The biologist on board was incredibly knowledgeable about all of the bird species! The captain took up right up to two islands to see the puffins. It was a great trip!
Rodrigo_L, Jul 2022
We saw so many puffins! They get super close. The guide was a biologist and also very funny.100% recomend.
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Trevor_B, Jul 2022
Awesome trip. My wife adores Puffins and this is her second time getting to see them so close. Convenient location from Crusoe terminal.
Wonderful and short informative tour
Justin_T, Jul 2022
both the captain and the guide were wonderful. Very informative and provide many interesting facts. The tour is a quick hour or so tours and you will see the natural habitats of the puffins.
A wonderful experience, so many puffins!
Vidal_D, Jul 2022
As much as I loved watching the puffins and other birds flying by us, I think the real highlight was the tour guide. She was wonderful. Extremely friendly and informative. I love how environmentally conscious she was, and that really had a profound impact in my experience. I love everything that she had to say. Aside from the tour guide, the puffins were absolutely adorable to watch. They were everywhere! They are very small so it's a little hard to make out some details sometimes, but they often got very close to the boat so I was able to get a good look at them without using binoculars. It's also difficult to capture pictures because of their size, and also their speed! It was all very fun though. I did worry that we were getting a little TOO close to them. I would have preferred it if we maintained a further distance from them, although I know some people would be disappointed to see them from further away due to how difficult it is to spot them, but if we're going to use other species for entertainment, the least we can do is respect their space and not put them in any danger.
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Very well organised tour...
Guy_R, Jul 2022
Very well organised tour in a small group, great guide and we got to see puffins up close. Exactly what we hoped for.
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This was one of my...
Elisabeth_C, Jul 2022
This was one of my favorite experiences. The guide was fantastic (Iris)- his banter kept even my 11 year old very engaged (and learning!!) We saw so many puffins and as close as you can really imagine getting to them- incredible! Don't miss!
Great tour!!
Lauren_A, Jul 2022
Highly recommend this tour! Great way to see the puffins so close to Reykjavík and the tour operators were so awesome.


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