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Puffin Express Cruise from Reykjavik

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Reykjavík, Iceland
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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

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
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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).

Departure Point

Geirsgata 11, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
  • 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 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Special Tours Iceland

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Puffin Express Cruise from Reykjavik?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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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
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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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What is the maximum group size during Puffin Express Cruise from Reykjavik?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Puffin Express Cruise from Reykjavik.

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  • "I suggest you dress warmly so you can stay outside and see more puffins!" See review

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So many puffins!
Kathie_M
, Jul 2021
Perfect size boat to get right up to the island and just the right amount of time - an hour - to watch all the action. Hundreds of puffins in the water, overhead, and hopping about on shore. Bring binoculars for even better views.
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star-5
Puffins Rock!
Susan
, Jul 2021
The tour guide, Alberto was fabulous. Not only personable and witty but very knowledgeable! I will recommend this tour to friends.
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star-5
Highly recommended- you will see puffins!
JimM
, Jul 2021
The naturalist/guide was outstanding in terms of knowledge about the puffins and other birds and the area. They tour did not disappoint in terms of seeing hundreds of puffins. There are supposedly 36,000+ puffins on the Island. If you want to be certain to see puffins then you should book this tour!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your puffin tour with us and we will pass the compliments along to your guide. Thank you for sailing with us, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland. Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
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PUFFINS!!!
Darren_M
, Jul 2021
Great little boat trip trip, quick and easy just minutes from downtown Reykjavik. The guide was fun, super knowledgable and engaging!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your tour with us and will pass the compliments along to your guide. Thank you for sailing with us and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland. Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
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star-5
We have Puffins
Kate
, Jul 2021
Love seeing Puffins! And our guide knew so much! Thanks for a great view of those cute birds. Had a chance to see them and watch them swim and dive and even fly around with fish
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your tour with us to see the puffins, and we will pass the compliments along to your guide. Thank you for sailing with us and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
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star-4
Sooo many puffins!
Elainie_S
, Jun 2021
Our guide was very knowledgeable about the island and had some great facts to share about puffins and how they live. It was very interesting. I wish we could of gotten closer to them as I only brought a cell phone camera, but I understand that it's important not to disturb their habitat. Would definitely recommend this to someone visiting Iceland for the 1st time
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your Puffin Express tour with us and we will pass the compliments along to your guide. We do our best to get as close as possible, but we cannot go onto the islands as they are protected breeding grounds. It is ultimately up to the puffins to decide how close they want to be to the boat once we are in the area. Thank you for sailing with Special Tours and we hope to see you on board again in the future! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
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star-5
Excellent
Sarita_P
, Jun 2021
Getting up close to the puffins in there colony was fabulous! They advertised binoculars- but they were not offered- nor did I ask- I had my own. Boat had 17 people on it and as a short person found it a bit crowded to try and take pictures. More a problem probably with the tourists.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your Puffin Express tour with us. We're sorry to hear that the binoculars were not offered on board as this should be done on every tour - thank you for letting us know. We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland, and thank you for sailing with us! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
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star-5
Magical. Informative. Cool.
Joe_B
, Jun 2021
My daughter and I enjoyed the Puffin-watching. Jonathon was an excellent guide. Highly informative. I would highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you so much for your review. We're glad that you enjoyed your tour with us and will pass the compliments along to our head guide, Jonathan. We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
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Have Real Expectations
Carra_F
, Jun 2021
The tour guide was awesome. The puffins are very small birds but there were a lot on the Aukrey Island. We got to spend a good 20 minutes watching them fly around. The winds were very calm so the ride out and back was not bad at all. Just don't be upset that you cant get too close and that they are very small birds. I would still recommend if you want to see Puffins.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you so much for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your Puffin Express tour with us and will pass the compliments along to our puffin guide. We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland, and thank you for sailing with Special Tours! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
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star-5
funny looking little birds but fast flyers
Susanne_F
, Jul 2020
a boat trip out of the harbour is always a nice way to spend some time to relax between the hiking and the long day-trips by bus or whatever You do during Your stay in Iceland - so whenever You need a break, a breather, You can just go to the old harbour and book this nice little tour the puffins are odd little creatures but charming and will provide You with beautiful pictures
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your Puffin Express Cruise with us. The puffins are only here for the summer months during their breeding season so we love being able to sail out to see them. Thank you for choosing Special Tours, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland!
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