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The perfect short tour out from Reykjavík with a guaranteed puffin sighting only 15 min out from the city's old charming harbor. The boat, Skúlaskeið or Old Skúli is specially designed to go closer to the puffins and islands they live on. The guide will tell you all about the wildlife and the surroundings and the boat ride in and out will show you Reykjavík from a whole new perspective.

Enjoy the ride!


  • Boat Tour out from Reykjavík
  • Knowledgeable Guide
  • 100% Sightings
  • Getting Extra Close to Puffins


  • Puffin Sighting
  • Binoculars Provided
  • Boat Tour
  • Certified Guide

What to bring

  • Dress in layers
  • Wear good and comfortable waterproof hiking boots
  • Have a waterproof shell with you
  • Lunch and snacks for the day

Tour Snapshot

Availability May - Aug
Duration 1 hour
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age No min age
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes


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  • Small Group Experience
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The Puffin Watching tour or the Puffin Express has been one of the most popular tours from Reykjavík for over a decade now. We now offer a specially designed boat for the Puffin watching called Skúlaskeið or "Old Skúli".

Only about 15 minutes out from Reykjavík you will find an island where about 30.000 puffins are nesting. You will sail out from the charming old harbor in Reykjavík and after only a few minutes start to see these cute creatures. On the sail out you will also get a chance to enjoy Reykjavík from a whole new perspective. Get you camera ready!

The guide will share information on everything you see along the way as well as sharing great information on the puffins and islands you'll spot. The islands we visit are covered with small hills and slopes and both are known for their colorful and rich birdlife. The island‘s shores are rocky but fear not, our boat Skúlaskeið is designed to take us as close to the islands as possible this gives us the absolute best seat to see puffins.  When you arrive at the islands we turn off the engine so our passengers can observe the birds and the beautiful surroundings.

Your expert guide will tell you all the facts and fun stories about the cute Puffins and other wildlife that might be seen on the tour.

After enjoying the beautiful birds and stunning landscape we will head back to Reykjavík. The perfect tour out from Reykjavík giving you plenty of time to enjoy the city.


Meet on location means travelling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our super jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

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