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Reykjavik Puffin Watching Tour with Optional Transportation

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Key Highlights

  • Watch the playful puffins in their natural habitat
  • Experience the diverse wildlife of Iceland in its most authentic
  • Get up close to these wonderful birds and take great photographs
  • Optional hotel pick-up and drop-off is offered
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    15 May - 15 Aug: Daily


    1 – 1.5 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0930h (09:30am) and 1500h (03:00pm)
    Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

    Meeting Point

    With transport: You will be picked up from your hotel in Reykjavik between 8:45 – 9:15am for the morning tour or between 2:15 – 2:45pm for the afternoon tour. Please confirm your pickup time with the local tour operator.
    Ticket only: Make your way to Reykjavík's Old Harbour at Ægisgarður 5, 101 Reykjavík

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at starting points.

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Get acquainted with the charismatic puffin, also known as ‘clown of the ocean’ or ‘sea parrot’ due to their colourful appearance and curious behaviour. Iceland has the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in the world, which makes it the ideal place to get up close to these wonderful birds. You will have ample opportunity to photograph the birds in their natural habitat, either on the Akurey Island or Lundey Island.

    In order not to disturb the breeding of the puffins, the tour will not disembark on either one of the islands, but instead observe the birds from a distance. Depending on the tides, you can expect to get 5 to 10 metres away from the puffins. The puffins are known to stay quite still, so you will be able to get great photos as souvenirs!


    If you opt for hotel pick-up and drop-off, you will be picked up from your hotel approximately 45 minutes before the start time of the tour. Alternatively, you can opt out of this service and make your way to Reykjavík's Old Harbour at Ægisgarður 5, 101 Reykjavík to meet your guide.

    The two colonies close to Reykjavik are on the Akurey Island (12, 000 puffins) and Lundey Island (10,000 puffins). The first puffins come to shore in April after a long winter on the sea and return again in August. You will visit one of these islands, depending on the sea and wind conditions.

    You will get to observe the playful, adorable puffins in their natural habitat; on the rocky cliffs, on the water and in flight. Make sure to bring your camera, you are bound to get great photographs!

    After your tour, you will return to Reykjavik. You will either be dropped off at your hotel or you can make your own way back, depending on your choice.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Puffin watching cruise
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (additional cost)
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    If you have opted for hotel pick-up and drop-off, please confirm the time of pickup with the local tour operator (number provided on this voucher).

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • Puffins!

      We loved the puffin tour and wished we would have brought binoculars. Our guide was knowledgable. We did show up one minute late for our initial excursion, since my husband was...

      Jaimi Haig