Reykjavik Whales & Puffins Tour

Reykjavik Whales & Puffins Tour
Reykjavik Whales & Puffins Tour
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  • Duration5 hours
  • Group SizeNo max
  • Meeting LocationReykjavik Old Harbour

Tour description

Reykjavik Whales & Puffins Tour

The combo consists of two tours – a puffin tour on a smaller boat where we take you to one of the three islands just off Reykjavík, where each year thousands of birds come to breed, and a whale watching tour that takes you further into the bay to see the incredible whales (humpbacks/minkes) and dolphins that live in our bay. 

Please be at the location minimum of 20 minutes before the tour’s departure!


START TIME 08:00 (08:00 Puffin tour & 10:00 Whale tour)

START TIME 09:00 (09:00 Whale tour & 14:00 Puffin tour)

START TIME 10:00 (10:00 Puffin tour & 13:00 Whale tour)

START TIME 12:00 (12:00 Puffin tour & 14:00 Whale tour)

Please keep in mind that the above-stated start times are not all available every day that this combo tour operates. Please refer to the booking calendar to see what tours are available on your preferred tour date.


Puffin watching is a fun and easy adventure on a boat. Depending on the tides and island conditions, our captains will take you to either Akurey, Engey, or Lundey. The islands are well known for their plentiful birdlife, and in addition to puffins, you have the opportunity to view other birds such as eider ducks, arctic terns, guillemots, and cormorants. The island’s shores are rocky, but our captains know the best spots to get close to the puffins in their natural habitat. If the weather is favorable, we might even turn off the engines so that you can enjoy nature better and listen to the bird’s calls. During the tour, the crew will tell you interesting facts and tales about the puffins and the surroundings. The puffin tour is roughly 1 hour.


Summer season is great for whale watching, as the wildlife in the bay is at its highest peak. This is when the Minke whales are at their most abundant, along with the white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises, allowing us to enjoy and understand them in their natural environment. The whale-watching tour lasts around 3 hours overall.

Cancelation policy 

Refund if canceled at least 1 day before the event. 

What's Included

  • Excellent English guidance
  • 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour on a big boat
  • 1-Hour Puffin Tour on a smaller boat
  • Free WiFi
  • Use of warm overalls
  • WCs on board

Good To Know

  • Please dress accordingly to the weather - warm socks, huts, and sturdy shoes are highly recommended
  • Please be at the location minimum of 20 minutes before the tour's departure

Why Your Friend in Reykjavik Recommends This Tour

In summer, seeing whales and puffins in Iceland is a must – this option saves time and money and diversifies your stay in Reykjavik with extraordinary contact with wild nature.

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