Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Puffin Sightseeing Cruise

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When your cruise ship docks at Reykjavik Port, take a 1-hour shore excursion to Akurey Island to see where one of Icelands largest colony of puffins live! Choose from four different start times, and after a 15-minute cruise, glide around the island, seeing its puffins and other native bird life like Black Guillemots and Arctic Terns. Learn about the captivating wildlife from an onboard guide and then return to Reykjavik.


  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Free drinks included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment

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Choose from one of four start times, and then leave Reykjavik Port behind as you glide away from the capital on your 1-hour puffin sightseeing cruise! The rocky little outcrop of Akurey Island is your destination home to some of Icelands most unspoiled scenery as well as a large colony of nesting puffins. The cruise there takes roughly 15 minutes and as you travel, your onboard guide will keep you entertained with tales of the islands fascinating geology and wildlife.

As you near the island, cruise around it, admiring the hills and slopes while keeping an eye out for the colorful bird life that abounds. The shoreline is rocky, but your modern sightseeing boat is specially designed to get as close in as possible, enabling some of the best close-up views of puffins and other native seabirds; Northern Fulmars, Arctic Terns and Black Guillemots are just a few species that have made the island their home.

After circling Akurey Island, the captain of your boat will turn the engine off, allowing you to enjoy the peace and quiet of Icelands natural treasures. Pose for photos in front of a backdrop of rolling hills and get ready to capture pictures of seabirds nesting or diving into the sea for food. Help yourself to a fresh cup of coffee on board while admiring the views, and then return to Reykjavik Port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to 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.

Inclusions for Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Puffin Sightseeing Cruise

  • Binoculars to use on board
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee

Exclusions for Reykjavik Shore Excursion: Puffin Sightseeing Cruise

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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10 Traveler Reviews

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • nice day trip out to the island that is 10 minutes away. Pretty neat little things

  • Pretty tough to see puffins in any detail but the narrative and the narrator were informative and interesting.

  • 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.

  • Seeing puffins was awesome! They are very cute little birds!

  • 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.

  • All went very smoothly and the operation is well organised. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about all the seabirds and he and the skipper of the boat took time to paint the bigger picture as well as making sure that we saw as much as we wanted of the main attraction, the Puffins. Well worth the visit.

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