Day Tours/Activities

Reykjavík Puffin Watching

The Reykjavík Puffin watching tour offers an up close view of these beautiful birds in their natural habitat. Great photo opportunities!

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  • Available may, jun, jul, aug
  • Duration 1 hour
  • Location Reykjavík
  • Difficulty
  • Number of participants Min. 1
  • Age limit Suitable for all ages

What you'll experience.

The Reykjavík puffin watching tour commences at the Elding ticket office by Ægisgarður pier in the Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavík. Be ready to present your voucher there.

The Reykjavík Puffin watching tour is a fun and easy adventure on a boat. A guide will meet you on board one of the smaller boats, which are docked at the floating pier in front of the Whale Watching Centre.  Depending on the tides and conditions on the islands the captains will take you to either Akurey or Lundey. The islands are well known for their plentiful birdlife and in addition to puffins you have the opportunity to view other birds such as eider ducks, arctic terns, guillemots and cormorants.

The island’s shores are rocky but you are in very safe hands as the captains know the best spots to get closer to the puffins in their natural habitat. If the weather is right they might even turn off the engines so that you can enjoy the nature better and listen to the bird’s calls. During the tour the crew will tell you interesting facts and tales about the puffins and the surroundings.

As the birds are small in size, we recommend bringing a tripod and a good zoom lens for ‘close up’ photography and/or binoculars (also available to lend on board).

COMBO: Combine the Reykjavík Puffin watching tour with Whale Watching?

Are you interested in a more thrilling experience? Or maybe pressed for time? You may want to check out the express version of this tour.

Included in final tour price.


  • Use of raincoats
  • Use of binoculars
  • Excellent guidance

    What to bring.

    • Tripod for better camera stability (if taking photographs)
    • A good zoom lens for close up photographs (if taking photographs)


    • Puffins
    • Guillemots
    • Cormorants
    • Eider ducks

    Tour operator

    This tour is operated by our friends at Elding. Elding has worked hard on minimizing their environmental impact and is a part of projects such as Earth Check, Blue Flag, and Vakin the Icelandic environmental and quality label.

    Elding’s certifications include:

    EarthCheck logo 2016 EarthCheck logo 2016 EarthCheck logo 2016 EarthCheck logo 2016 Blueflag logo

    6.500 ISK
    Per person

    6.500 ISK