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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

Peter V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Simply amazing, only an hour, but we saw hundreds of puffins. Bring binoculars and a telephoto lens.

Cynthia H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Interesting trip. The guide was very knowledgeable about puffins.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We really enjoyed this tour. The boat was nice. It is important to bring a camera with a zoom lens. You won't get pictures off your iPhone. We bought one just for this trip and got amazing pictures of Puffins. It is not Puffin season right now...but they will be back in May-August.

Melissa W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The absolute highlight of our stopover in Iceland! The little islands where the puffins were was not far from the mainland, so we were able to get there quickly and see the little guys. And we didn't see one or two - oh no! There were DOZENS of these cuties! We had a guide on the boat who told us about the area, and about the puffins - he was excellent. LOVED this tour and would do it again!

Anita F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a beautiful day on the water on our first day. Those puffins just to see them in flight was a hoot.
A great little cruise and puffins to boot. Well worth it. We lucked out as they were leaving in droves just days later, having hatched and grown their young.

Bonnie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The only thing that would have been better would have been to actually go on the island with them.

Valerie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was at the end of puffin season and we were still lucky enough to see a few! Crew was great and provided interesting facts. Highly recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It's a fantastic trip. Great view.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a cheap, short trip that gave us the chance to see a LOT of puffins up close. The boat ride was pretty good, even though the water was kinda choppy so be careful if you get seasick, and we were able to get really close to the island were all the puffin had their nests.
We also had binoculars in the boat that we could use to see them up close.
If you are thinking about taking pictures, I would recommend a camera with a very good zoom since the puffins are kinda small and wide angle lenses don't really capture the details.

Laura R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour! We were happy to find that there were available tickets the night before the tour in the morning. It was a very pleasant tour, with a knowledgeable guide and a lot of puffins! Great value!

We couldn't find the dock information when we booked the tickets through Viator, so we had to ask around to find out where to go. It's operated by Special Tours, right out of the main old harbour area where all the other boat tours are. Look for the giant blow-up puffin outside the Special Tours hut.

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