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Special Tours - Puffin Express

AEgisgarour 13 | Reykjavik’s Old Harbour, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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The Puffin Watching tours with Special Tours, Puffin Express, have been popular for over a decade! Special Tours is a pioneer in Puffin Watching in Iceland. Our expertise, 15 years of experience, and our especially designed boat, Skúlaskeið or “Old Skuli”, make us the leading expert in the area. The Puffin Express adventure starts at the Old Harbour of Reykjavík and they only take one hour. It is an inexpensive and charming option for everyone.
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  • Average9%
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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AEgisgarour 13 | Reykjavik’s Old Harbour, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This experience is a bit touristy, but also totally worth it to see the puffins. You visit two little islands during the 1 hour tour and you get to see thousands of puffins. The boat is able to get close enough to see them fairly...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Had a great time watching Puffins from a little boat. We came quite close to the island where they breed. Saw them on land, flying and swimming in the sea. Very, very cute. So happy we did this tripMore

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Duncan, Thank you for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your puffin watching tour with us. Our puffin boat allows us to get as close to the islands as possible without disturbing their nesting areas. We are running our Instagram competition so if...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The trip was just right from when we checked in to the very nice boat ride out to the bit of land where the puffins stayed to the lovely little serenade by the captain on the way back. It was fun to hear about the...More

Thank Carolyn B
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Carolyn, Thank you for your review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us to see the puffins. We will also pass the compliments along to your guide, Íris, and your singing captain, Sveinbjörn. The puffins are here only during the...More

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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

Very informative and entertaining tour with the beautiful Captain Seka and her lovely crewmate Sara. Can't say enough good things about them. Saw so many puffins and learned many interesting facts about them and the other wildlife in the area. A must take tour!More

Thank Jimi D
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Jimi, Thank you so much for your review! We are glad that you enjoyed your puffin express tour with us and will pass the compliments along to our captain, Sigga, and our guide, Sara. The puffins are only in Iceland during the summer months...More

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Reviewed 21 January 2018

I cannot say enough good things about this tour. I was a little nervous when we fist started out as the water was fairly rough that morning (we booked the 8am tour) and the boat is on the smaller side which makes little swells seem...More

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2018

Hello, and thank you so much for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us to see the puffins. Our regular puffin express boat, Old Skúli, is a smaller boat with a shallow draught which allows us to get...More

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Reviewed 18 January 2018

We had a nice time on this tour to see puffins. It was a bit rainy when we went and seas were rough, which made it hard to take photos of the puffins, but we still got to see them. The captain told us that...More

Thank angeleyes27
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2018

Hello, and thank you so much for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us to see the puffins. Puffins spend much of their time living out on the open ocean during the winter months, so they are not...More

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Reviewed 23 December 2017

We enjoyed this very much. It's a quick trip from the harbor to the island where all the puffins are. You can't get too close to the birds, as it's their home, but you certainly get to see them flying about and being adorable. The...More

Thank Cookie G
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

Hello, and thank you very much for your lovely review! We are happy that you enjoyed your tour with us to see the puffins - our puffin express tour is definitely a staff favorite during the summer months when we operate it! The islands that...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

We came in on a cruise ship and the pick up was right in front of the tourist shop on the pier, which was great. It was a beautiful day and we sat in the back of the boat. The only problem with sitting back...More

Thank ahlee70
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Hello, and thank you for your review - we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us to see the puffins. We normally do not use the speakers on our puffin express tours because the boat is quite small and it is...More

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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

What a surprise to see puffins in September! While sadly global warming is upending the planet, it provided us with the opportunity to see puffin stragglers. The boat ride was smooth and the captain could get close to the islands without disturbing the birds. The...More

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and will pass along the compliments to our puffin guide and captain.The puffins stayed much later than they normally do this year so we were able...More

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Lovely trip to see the puffins before they departed for winter. They are quite small so you may not get to see them up close! Very good guide, lots of information and interesting facts about puffins. Also just nice to see Reykjavík from the sea.More

Thank eavanod
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and will pass along the compliments to our puffin guide. The puffins ended up staying much later than expected this year so we were able to...More

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ckconey
2 June 2018|
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Response from specialtoursiceland | Property representative |
Hello, and thank you for the question! We see many puffins on all of our tours throughout the day, but we often find that we have a lot of success on our morning tours when the puffins are just waking up before they head out... More
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Sara W
1 June 2018|
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Response from specialtoursiceland | Property representative |
Hi Sara, Thanks for reaching out! We recommend wearing sensible shoes and to dress according to the weather. This is a one hour tour and we do have indoor seating if it starts to rain, but just be mindful of the weather... More
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NekoCat
19 March 2017|
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Hello, and thank you for the question! We usually recommend booking several days in advance as it happens frequently that the Puffin Express tours are sold out. You can always contact us closer to the time of your trip to... More
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