Winged Wonders of Reykjavik: Puffin Watching Tour
Experience the wonder of the Atlantic Puffin in Reykjavik’s nearby islands! Join us for an easy and enjoyable journey to the nesting spots of these delightful birds, located just a short distance from the city.
Begin your adventure at our ticket office in downtown Reykjavik’s Old Harbour, where you can exchange your prepaid voucher for admission tickets. Once on board our comfortable and stable boats, you’ll be greeted by one of our expert guides before heading out to Engey, Akurey or Lundey, three nearby islands known for their abundant birdlife. While we cannot land on the islands, our skilled captains will take you as close as possible without disturbing the puffins and other nesting birds. You’ll also have the opportunity to spot other birds such as eider ducks, arctic terns, guillemots and cormorants.
These island shores can be rocky, but our captains know the best spots for observing puffins up close without disrupting their natural behavior. If the weather is calm, we might even turn off the engines so that you can fully appreciate the nature around you and listen to the bird’s calls. Our knowledgeable crew will provide interesting facts and tales about the puffins and their surroundings throughout the tour. For close-up photography, we recommend bringing a zoom lens, or we provide binoculars on board. Combine this unforgettable experience with our whale watching tour, or try our premium puffin tour for even closer sightings!If you’re looking to take stunning photographs without any blur, using a tripod can improve camera stability, resulting in sharper images.
- Use of raincoats
- Use of binoculars
- Excellent guidance
Engey, Akurey, Lundey
Join us on an unforgettable adventure to witness the Atlantic puffins in their natural habitat! Depending on the tides and conditions, we’ll sail to Engey, Akureyri, or Lundey – three islands near Reykjavik that are a haven for these birds during the summer breeding season. While the islands are protected and we cannot set foot on them, our experienced captain will guide the boat as close as possible without disturbing any natural behavior. Binoculars will also be available on board for those who want a closer look.
What do I need to bring?
- If you’re looking to take stunning photographs without any blur, using a tripod can improve camera stability, resulting in sharper images.
- If you’re interested in taking close-up photographs but don’t have a dedicated macro lens, a good zoom lens can be a versatile option.
Please note that the deck on the boat may be slippery, so we strongly recommend wearing sturdy footwear to ensure your safety. Additionally, as this tour is weather-dependent, optimal viewing and a more enjoyable cruise experience may be influenced by the weather conditions on the day. We recommend planning ahead and checking the weather forecast before embarking on the tour to make the most of the experience.”