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Product ID: 26709


Some things just never go out of style, and that is the case for this tour that is simply a pure classic. The tour takes you out on a comfortable sightseeing ship to see the puffins and other sea birds in their natural habitat of the islands of Akurey, Engey and Lundey.

During this one to one & half hour tour our guide and captain will take you out so you can witness the fascinating puffins during their breeding season in Iceland. An incredible variety of sea birds can also be seen living side by side on these small islands just off the coast of Reykjavik. Guillemots, razorbills, cormorants and the widely travelled arctic tern are just a few of the species that are known to inhabit these rocky outcrops. The summer skies are full of life making it the perfect time to explore the bay and visit the birds.

The expert bird watching guide will tell you tales and facts about the birds and their surroundings, commenting on their behaviours, explaining their life histories and detailing the struggles they face living here in the North Atlantic. The island's shores are rocky but our captains know the best spots to get closer to the puffins in their natural habitat. If the weather is right we might even turn off the engines so that you can enjoy the nature better and listen to the bird's calls. 

The tour departs four times a day in summer (from the 1st of May to the 15th of August) from the Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavík, which is within walking distance of most hotels in Reykjavík (but we also offer pick up for this tour).

Are you interested in a more thrilling and personal experience ? Check out our "Premium" tour that will take you closer and faster to the Puffins!



Meet us at our ticket office at least 15 min. before departure to check-in and receive your boarding card(s). Our team will show you to our boat, that is usually docked at the floating pier in front of our Visitor Centre / Wildlife Exhibition.


Our team will greet you on board the puffin boat and welcome you on board. Make sure to have your boarding card(s) readily available to ensure a smooth boarding process. Once on the boat, you are free to walk around, chat with the crew or find the perfect lookout spot!

Puffin Watching

Depending on the tides, we will visit the puffin colonies on either Engey, Akureyri, or Lundey. These three islands, located just off Reykjavík, are known for being breeding grounds for these charming birds during the summer. The islands are protected, so we won't be able to set foot on them, but the captain will sail as close as possible without disturbing their natural behavior. Keep an eye out for seals as well; they can often be seen resting on the rocks or hunting for food. Binoculars are available on board for you to use. 

The journey to the islands can take up to 15 minutes.


The total duration of the tour is about 1-1,5 hrs. from boarding to disembarking, while the duration spent with the wildlife can vary. We hope you have a pleasant time on the tour and leave with a smile on your faces, as well as ever lasting memories. Feel free to email us at elding@elding.is for feedback or photos, which our team will happily provide if they were able to take any on the tour! 

Now that you're back on land, we recommend taking a stroll through the Old Harbour area, it is a small and quaint section with shops, restaurants and cafés.

What's included

  • Use of raincoats 
  • Use of binoculars 
  • Excellent guidance

What do I need to bring

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

Important information

The deck on the boat can be slippery. We recommend wearing good sturdy footwear. For optimal viewing and a more enjoyable cruise this tour is weather dependent.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure


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