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This day tour is ideal for nature lovers. Set sail for a puffin-watching paradise, just 15 minutes off the Reykjavik coast. Then you’ll spend the afternoon exploring the legendary Golden Circle route, encompassing Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss. Enjoy an excursion full of natural wonders and friendly puffins!


  • Small Group Experience
  • Puffin Watching
  • Guided Boat Tour
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Geysir Hot Spring Area


  • 100% Puffin Sightings
  • Binoculars On Board Your Boat
  • Pick-up & Drop Off From Reykjavik
  • Minibus Transport
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Free Wifi On Board Your Minibus

What to bring

  • Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Sturdy shoes

Tour Snapshot

Availability May - Aug
Duration ~9 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 6 years
Ratio 1:19 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes


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From the picturesque old harbor in downtown Reykjavik, you will board a traditional Icelandic boat called Old Skúli. We’ll set sail and enjoy views of Reykjavik and Mount Esja as we make the 15-minute journey to the puffin-watching area. Keep a lookout for whales, seals and other seabirds along the way.

The small islands around Reykjavik are a puffin paradise – hosting around 30,000 nesting puffins, who come back from their solitary lives at sea to raise their chicks. Their favorite place to nest is amongst the rugged cliffs of the island, meaning that most puffin tours have to keep their distance. However, Old Skúli has been specially designed to get us as close to these adorable little birds as possible – maximizing our puffin-watching experience. We’ll also turn off the boat’s engine, so we don’t interfere with the birds.

One of our knowledgeable local guides will tell you all about the incredible lives that puffins live and point out any other species of birds that we see. Make sure that you bring a camera because the photos of the cute little puffins and their chicks are amazing!

Old Skúli will drop us back at Old Reykjavik Harbor at 10:30 am, giving you an hour-and-a-half of free time, before we collect you from the harbor at 12:00 pm for the Golden Circle tour.

We’ll begin at Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir) – one of Iceland’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A group of Vikings met there in 930 – creating, Alþingi, that remains Iceland’s parliament to this day. All Icelandic men could attend the meetings, which were used to create new laws and settle disputes. Alþingi eventually moved to Reykjavik in 1844, however, the modern parliament still shares its name, making it one of the oldest parliaments in the world. The assemblies centered around the Lögberg (Law Rock) – a rugged cliff where the Lawspeaker would sit. There is now a flag marking that spot – an amazing photo opportunity!

Þingvellir is also a geological wonderland, thanks to its location on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. A seismic rift valley runs through its heart – the ever-expanding gap between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. One of the few places in the world, where you can actually walk between two continents!

Our next stop is the famous Geysir geothermal area – renowned for the plumes of steam that rise from its bubbling hot springs. It hosts the legendary Great Geysir, a once powerful geyser that gives all geysers their name. We’ll also see Strokkur – a powerful geyser that fires scalding water and steam into the air every 8-10 minutes. This epic show is synonymous with Iceland and is a profound demonstration of the power of nature.

Our final treat is Gullfoss (Golden Falls) – a magnificent two-step lava fall, that more than merits its reputation as the most popular waterfall in Iceland. Its waters originate at Langjökull glacier, making the long journey down Hvítá (the White River) – until they crash into an emerald valley at Gullfoss. Its waters famously turn golden as they cascade into the abyss – creating amazing photos!

Pick-up Information: Pick up is at 09:00 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

Meet On Location: If you prefer to meet us at the old harbor, please arrive no later then 09:15 AM

Pickup Service: If you prefer to get picked up at one of the authorized pickup locations available, please note that the pickup service starts at 09:00 AM


Yes, we offer the tour Golden Circle small group tour which is basically the Golden Circle with some extra stops. This tour is focusing on sightseeing and the history of Iceland. Our stops are Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park (home to one of the first parliaments of the world), Geysir hot spring area and the historic Skálholt cathedral. View Golden Circle Tours.

The tour is based around the three most popular attractions in Iceland Thingvellir National ParkGullfoss Waterfall and The Great Geysir. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.

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