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Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Puffin Sightseeing Cruise

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Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Puffin Sightseeing Cruise

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Docked in Reykjavik and want to see the wildlife? Take this shore excursion to Akurey Island, home to puffins and other native seabirds. It’s a great 1-hour cruise to see some of Iceland’s famous scenery and wildlife, while learning about the area from an onboard guide.
  • 1-hour puffin sightseeing cruise from Reykjavik Port
  • See puffins and rare bird life in their natural habitat on a Reykjavik shore excursion
  • Cruise from Reykjavik to Akurey Island aboard a state-of-the-art sightseeing boat
  • Learn about the flora and fauna of Akurey Island from an expert guide
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Binoculars to use on board
Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee - round trip transfers from Skarfabakki Harbour
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Departure Point

Ægisgarður 13, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Please make your way to the Special Tours Ticket Office, located at Aegisgardur 13, 101 Reykjavik at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Select your preferred start time, and then cruise away from the Port of Reykjavik. The 15-minute journey to Akurey Island allows you to relax and listen to your guide’s commentary about the area’s flora and fauna.

Circle around the island outcrop and watch for the puffins and other native seabirds like Arctic terns. Your state-of-the-art sightseeing boat is designed to reach tricky areas, allowing you to cruise close to Akurey’s rocky shoreline.

When your circle of the island is complete, enjoy a few moments of peace and calm with the boat’s engine silenced. Use the time to take photos of the scenery and wildlife, and then cruise back to the Port of Reykjavik. Coffee is served on board as you go

Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Port of Reykjavik for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that complimentary transfers are only applicable for passengers from Skarfabakki Harbour. Miðbakki (the alternative dock) is a very short walk to the departure point for this tour.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Special Tours Iceland
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Puffin Sightseeing Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Puffin Sightseeing Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Puffin Sightseeing Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Puffin Sightseeing Cruise.

Reviews

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star-4
Puffins Everywhere!
L6365WLjamest
, Aug 2019
This is a short, nice tour to see the puffins on the islands in the bay. A naturalist was on-board, and did an excellent job educating us on puffins and other birds. I would recommend.
star-5
Really excellent! We had a very calm...
Carol K
, Sep 2017
Really excellent! We had a very calm day so saw lots of puffins, as we learned they need loads of wind to take off!! Our guide on the boat gave an outstanding commentary, both interesting and entertaining. So exciting as it was a lifelong dream of mine to see these little cuties and they did not disappoint. Booking office was easy to find at the harbor and there is a handy toilet in there to use before you set sail.
star-3
The tour description is very...
Anita L
, Sep 2017
The tour description is very accurate. Binoculars were provided, but the quality was not very good. Suggest you bring your own. It was a very nice day, so we sat in the back of the boat which was a big mistake because the speakers did not work. We did not hear a thing the guide said. We did get to see Puffins which was great. It was excting to see them on the island, in the water and flying around.
star-2
We saw puffins, but only from a...
John P
, Jul 2016
We saw puffins, but only from a significant distance. Worse, the guide was very perfunctory in his commentary and displayed a general attitude of boredom and indifference.
star-4
Excellent short trip from the main...
Michael S
, Jun 2016
Excellent short trip from the main harbour, but not many puffins. Considering they are the main reason to visit or do this trip I think they should give seasonal tours with more breed specific dates.
star-3
nice day trip out to the island that is...
Brendan T
, Jun 2016
nice day trip out to the island that is 10 minutes away. Pretty neat little things
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star-3
Pretty tough to see puffins in any...
Stephen S
, Aug 2015
Pretty tough to see puffins in any detail but the narrative and the narrator were informative and interesting.
star-3
Supposedly we went out on a calm...
John B
, Jul 2015
Supposedly we went out on a calm day. Trip was quite scary. Boat was very small for 37 people. Life vests were available but not given out. People were terrified as boat rocked from side to side once we got our of the harbor. Some people got sick. Could not get very close to view puffins.
star-4
Seeing puffins was awesome! They are...
Stefanie M
, Jun 2015
Seeing puffins was awesome! They are very cute little birds!
star-4
I would love the opportunity to do...
LuAnn G
, May 2015
I would love the opportunity to do this again, when the puffins are all home. We only saw 4, and that was because we did the very first tour of the summer, May 1. I understand and do not discredit the planned tour at all. Just too early in the year. The tour team was knowledgeable and very nice.

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