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Special Tours - Puffin Express

| Reykjavik’s Old Harbour, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 560 8800
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Puffin Express Cruise to Akurey from Reykjavik
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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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  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“small boat” (17 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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| Reykjavik’s Old Harbour, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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+354 560 8800

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Reviewed yesterday

An experience that is worth a mention is the boat ride we look from Rekfavik into the sea to watch the puffins. A visit to Iceland is a must if one wants to feel the feel of Nirvana fresh clean air, beautiful sights of mountains,...More

Thank neelu0609
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We signed up for this tour the day before arriving in Reykjavik after having missed a few wonderful puffin viewing opportunities around the country. I had mixed feelings and expectations based on other reviews, and they were far surpassed after this excursion. We sailed towards...More

Thank JerzeeeyGirl
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello, and thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us to see the puffins! There are several thousand breeding pairs on the islands that we sail to, so we are always guaranteed to see them. We...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

We squeezed in the Puffin tour the night before our departure. We booked online (highly recommend). We arrived 15 minutes beforehand to the ticket office. The boat is not large, but it's a short 15 minute ride to the island with the puffins. If you...More

Thank David H
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. The boat that we normally use, Old Skúli, is small and shallow which allows us to get close to the islands without disturbing the birds. We...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

It was a bumpy, breezy ride but we were rewarded with puffin sightings flying and on the island. Must have binoculars and good cameras to catch the best puffin activity. Captain did have binoculars for several passengers.More

Thank ELLlady
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to write a review. Sea conditions are usually quite good for the puffin express tours as the islands that they nest on are only about 15 minutes from shore, but there is always the chance that it...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on an old (1959) fishing boat which didn't draw much water which meant we were able to get closer to the puffins, which are small birds. I only had a basic digital camera, but was able to get some decent shots of them...More

Thank Scotty2525
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us on Old Skúli to see the puffins. Puffins are only in Iceland during the summer months for their mating season, so we do not operate the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. It's short and watching the puffins was so much fun. The guide and the captain were both very enjoyable, also.More

Thank beth ann k
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are happy that you enjoyed seeing the puffins with us on your tour, and will pass along the compliment to our guide and captain. We hope that you enjoy the rest of your stay in Iceland! Kind...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Note that puffins only mate for a few months throughout the year, so you won't see them unless its mating season, so be sure to check your dates. Special Tours is a tad pricier than some counterparts, but we selected them due to their reviews....More

Thank nanette v
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. The puffins are only in Iceland during the summer months for their breeding season, so we only operate this tour while they are here. Our boat...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't book in advance, just walked up and hopped on. They took us to Akurey. There were quite a few puffins in the water, flying and on the island, and they showed us other wildlife such as eider ducks and terns. The guide was...More

Thank chesebrgr
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us, and will pass along the compliments to our guide. During the summer months we have quite a lot of bird activity going on in the bay,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to go on the 11:00 am tour and walked to the office at the old harbor (there is road by the harbor where all of the tour companies are located). We did not have reservations for our party of 2 for a Thursday in...More

Thank scottcaps
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Scott, Thank you for your review. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your puffin express tour with us. As long as we still have space left on the tours everyone is more than welcome to book last minute :) Puffins are small and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The puffin express is good if you're only interested in seeing puffins quickly. It's about a 40 minute tour. They drive you to this island where the puffins nest. We got to see a lot of them, it was worth it because that was the...More

Thank ANTravelers
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, and thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us-the tour time is 60 minutes in total, which is 15 minutes to get out to the island, 30 minutes in the area and 15 minutes back...More

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NekoCat
Are reservations needed/recommended for the early August time frame? Do these tours sell out? Thank you.
19 March 2017|
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Response from specialtoursiceland | Property representative |
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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dileepsri
What time did you take this ride? Any thougts on the best time to take this tour? 2.30pm ? 4.00pm?
26 July 2015|
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Response from specialtoursiceland | Property representative |
Hello, Our Puffin Express tours sail at 10:30, 12:30 and 14:30 in May. From June-August they sail at 8:30, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30 and 16:00. You can see puffins on all of the tours, but some passengers prefer the very early or... More
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