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Reykjavik: Puffin Watching Tour

4.8 / 5

29 reviews

Activity provider: Whale Safari

Reykjavik: Puffin Watching Tour

Activity provider: Whale Safari
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From US$ 73.70 per person

Get up-close views of Iceland’s beautiful puffins from a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) on a 1-hour cruise from Reykjavik. Board your RIB and whiz across Faxaflói Bay to see the puffins congregated on its islands and cliffs.

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Duration 1 hour
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  • Enjoy 1 hour puffin watching cruise by RIB from Reykjavik
  • Whizz out into the Faxaflói Bay to watch the Puffins and Seabirds
  • Cruise around the sea cliffs and islands to admire the nesting birds
  • Learn all about these colorful birds from your expert guide
  • Watch for Gannets, Auks, and Arctic Terns
Full description
Traveling on a RIB lets you cover a larger area and get closer to the puffins than on a conventional boat. Watch the birds as they nest, dive and fly, and learn about their characteristics as you cruise around the rocks and cliffs. Numbers are limited to 12 for a more personalized experience. Make your own way to Reykjavik Old Harbour in the early morning and meet the captain of your RIB. Listen to a short safety briefing, put on your provided coveralls, climb aboard, and take hold of the grab rail as your boat sets off. Drink in the views of Faxaflói Bay as your RIB zips out over the ice-cold waters. As you cruise, watch for Iceland’s wildlife, including the many species of sea birds that frequent the bay and its islands in summer. As well as puffins, gannets, auks, fulmars and Arctic terns all visit the local waters. Bump over the waves toward the rocky islands and sea cliffs, and sail up close to the rocks and inlets to view the puffins that nest here between May and August. Your RIB is super-fast, so you can cover a wider area than on a conventional boat, and therefore enjoy more time to watch the birds. Plus, it’s designed to get as near as possible to the shore, so you can get closer up to the colonies. Your captain will also switch off the engine where possible so you can view the birds in a tranquil and natural setting. As you watch the puffins, listen to interesting facts about the species from the expert guide and captain. Hear about their natural behaviors and diet, and snap photos of them nesting, diving and flying as you sail around the little inlets. After about an hour on the sea, arrive back at Reykjavik harbor where your puffin watching cruise ends.
  • Professional captain and wildlife guide
  • Use of coveralls
  • All necessary safety equipment
  • Binoculars
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Sports shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour is not suitable for pregnant women or people with back or mobility problems
  • The minimum age is 10 years old and the minimum height is 145 centimeters
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 29 reviews

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The guides were amazing, we saw a lot of puffins in their natural habitat so close to Reykjavik. Highly recommend. The seats on the boat are so comfortable and absorb any waves that we encountered. The suits that they gave us were so warm that we didn't feel the wind. Safety was emphasized by the staff and they were knowledgable about puffins. The hour went sooo fast. Can't wait to come back!

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May 18, 2022

Maggie our tour guide was wonderful , very friendly and informative . The boat was fun and the whole trip was organized . I went on the last four day of the season , so the puffin colony was a bit thinned out , but we did see them . I got to use their binoculars , but there were only two of them on board .

August 21, 2021

Extremely enjoyable experience

I couldn't be more pleased with our experience on this tour. The team was friendly and professional. Everything ran like clockwork from the time we walked in the door to the time we left. We loved our tour guides; they were very knowledgeable about the animals, their habits, and their habitat. If you're looking for a fun, entertaining, and educational puffin tour, this is the one to pick.

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August 8, 2019

Product ID: 59202