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Puffin Watching Tour off the Reykjavik Coast

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Head into the home of the Puffins off the coast of the capital city of Reykjavik on this relaxed tour. The Puffin Island of Akurey is the best place to observe these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.


  • Guided boat tour to Puffin Island in Akurey.
  • Click photographs of the birds on the island.
  • You will learn more about the birds and other animals that can be seen in this area.
  • Sail to the island on the specially designed boat known as Skúlaskeið.
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Why You Shouldn’t Miss This

The puffins of Iceland are fascinating creatures. They are capable of swimming underwater with their specially adapted wings. They flap their wings at a rate of up to 400 flaps per minute when they need to fly. They also constantly change the color of their beaks depending on the season. Puffin Island is also home to Storm Petrels and Manx Shearwaters. The island itself has been labeled as a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)’ and also as a ‘Special Protection Area (SPA)’. It is a very important breeding ground for many of Europe’s magnificent bird species. The rocky shores of the island also support mollusks, crabs, and grey seals. Puffin Island is teeming with wildlife and is every bird-watchers paradise.

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Your Experience

Get up close and personal with the delightful birds of Puffin Island. It is a mere 15-minute cruise from Old Harbour in Reykjavik. Your guide will tell you a lot about the other islands and buildings that can be seen on the journey. Once you reach the island, make sure to keep your camera ready. The specialized boat, Skúlaskeið, will be turned off so you can observe and photograph the birds in peace. While puffins are a major attraction, many other colorful species of birds can be spotted here. You might also see seals on the coast. Over 30,000 puffins inhabit the island; you are bound to spot a few them at least on this tour. The guide will also state many intriguing facts about the wildlife in the area and answer any questions you might have.

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  • Learn about the wildlife of Puffin Island and its surrounding areas
  • Guided boat tour
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Get close to the puffins and photograph them
  • Binoculars
  • A specialized boat that can get you very close to the shore
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  • Free pick-up and drop-off services
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Know Before You Go

Ticket Variants
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This tour is available on all days of the week and runs between May and early August. The duration of the tour is 1 hour. It is available between 8 AM to 5 PM in 1½ hour intervals in June, July, and August. In May, the trips to the island are available between 9.30 AM and 3.30 PM in 1½ hour intervals.

Rules and Regulations
Warm clothing and appropriate footwear are recommended for this tour. The tour may be canceled in case of bad weather conditions.

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Super-Flexible Cancellation Policy

Tickets can be canceled up to 24 hours prior to the tour for a full refund.

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My Tickets

You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly. You can display your voucher on your mobile device along with some valid photo ID at the meeting point.

Meeting Point
You are expected to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the commencement of the tour. The boat will depart from the Old Harbour of Reykjavik.

How to Get There
Drive along Bíldshöfði and follow route 41 to Suðurbugt. Turn right onto AEgisgardur. You will find the meeting point on your left.

The ticket is valid only for the scheduled date and time.

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Reykjavik's Old Harbour, Reykjavik

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