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Puffin Watching

There are about 30.000 puffins nesting on the islands off the coast of Reykjavik and we are only a 15 minute boat ride away!

The Puffin Watching tours with Special Tours, Puffin Express, have been popular for over a decade! Special Tours is a pioneer in Puffin Watching with 20 years of experience, and our especially designed boat, Skúlaskeið or “Old Skuli”, makes us the leading expert in the area. Special Tours is the  original Puffin Tour Company in Iceland! It was founded in 1996 and started the Puffin Tours to the puffin island.

Tour Description

We sail out from the old harbour in Reykjavik and it only takes us about 15 minutes to reach the  Puffin island, Akurey. on the sail out you will be able to view Reykjavik from the seaside [ remember your camera] and the guide will also share information about the buildings & islands that can be spotted on the way.

The islands we visit are covered with small hills and slopes and both are well known for their  colorful birdlife. The island‘s shores are rocky but our boat Old Skuli is specially designed to take us  as close to the islands as possible due to its shallow draft. When we arrive to the islands we turn off the engine so our passengers can observe the birds and the beautiful surroundings. 

Our expert guide will tell you all the facts and fun stories about the cute Puffins and other wildlife that might be seen on the tour. 

Useful Tip: We recommend a good zoom lens for close-up photography as the Puffins are small sized birds.

What's included

  • Guided boat tour
  • 100% Sightings
  • Binoculars provided on board!
  • We get you extra close!
  • 20 years of experience

Tour details

  • Availability: Daily from 1st May - 20th August
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Guidance: English
  • Additional information: We recommend warm clothes and even some sunscreen!

Atlantic Puffin

The Atlantic Puffin is one of three Puffin species in the world. It is well known for its bright and colourful beak.

The latin name Fratercula means Friar, 
a reference to the black and white plumage on the body.

The Puffin is a migratory animal, and only comes to land once a year to nest. Usually between May and August. 
It digs a burrow into the ground where it lays the egg. 

Puffins are extremely good divers, being able to dive down to 60m for food. It is well adapted to life in the water, but is a clumsy flyer.

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