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Puffin Express Cruise from Reykjavik

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Reykjavík, Iceland
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Puffin Express Cruise from Reykjavik

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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

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.

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

Reviews

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Hannah was wonderful. But...
Kevin_C
, Aug 2021
Hannah was wonderful. But there just weren’t enough Puffins to justify the excursion. My friends and I went to Reynisfjara Beach the next day and the basalt columns were teeming with Puffins.
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Not for mid August
gmp
, Aug 2021
The crew was very nice but the tour should have been canceled based off the tours earlier in the day. They were aware the birds had left.
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star-5
Great Puffin Cruise
Margaret_C
, Aug 2021
Great tour to see these amazing birds. Good and helpful crew. Really helpful check in staff. Bring your camera. Worth the extra equipment to capture the moments.
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star-5
Fun experience!
Kristen_L
, Aug 2021
We had a lot of great puffin sightings. We visited near two different islands and could see puffins on land, in the water, and flying. Jonathan was a really great guide!
icon Response from Host , Aug 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, Jonathan. Thank you for sailing with Special Tours and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
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star-5
Blew me away
Visitor
, Aug 2021
The number of puffins we saw. The stories our guides told and how comfortable, friendly, and knowledgeable our guides were.
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Definitely saw lots of puffins
MaryP_B
, Aug 2021
We definitely saw a lot of puffins, and the weather was beautiful for a boat ride. But our boat was a little crowded to really get comfortable for good photo taking.
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Perfect Puffin Peeping
Kelly_B
, Aug 2021
We had a gorgeous day for the short 20 min boat ride to the island where there were thousands of puffins. It was fun to watch them and try to zoom in to take good pics on a digital point & shoot camera. We actually got great pics! The guide shared interesting information on puffins and some of the sights in the harbor. Perfect way to spend an hour!
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Perfect quick puffin tour!
Stacey_H
, Jul 2021
The tour was organized and the boat went right to an island where the puffin were. We saw so many puffin! Excellent experience
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you for your review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and will pass the compliments along to our staff. Thank you for sailing with Special Tours and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
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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.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you for the review! We're glad that you enjoyed your Puffin Express tour with us - the puffins are only in Iceland for their summer breeding season, so we love being able to sail out to see them while they are here. Thank you for sailing with Special Tours and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
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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.
icon Response from Host , Aug 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 Alberto. Thank you for sailing with Special Tours and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
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