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101 Reykjavik | Old Harbour, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Special Tours operates sea adventures from Reykjavik city centre with over 20 years of experience. Whale Watching tours all year round and then Northern Lights by Boat, Puffin Watching, Sea Angling, Reykjavik by Sea and a New Years Fireworks Cruise. Special Tours Wildlife Adventures is known amongst passengers and partners for its ambitious & hard working team, aiming for great adventures for every tour and for every client. Our main focus is comfort and personal service, while making sure we protect and respect the environment. We have a skilled & friendly crew, as well as an experienced guide on every tour.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“whale watching” (103 reviews)
“boat trip” (42 reviews)
“northern lights” (256 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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101 Reykjavik | Old Harbour, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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"whale watching"
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"boat trip"
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"northern lights"
in 256 reviews
"puffin tour"
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"top deck"
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"warm overalls"
in 29 reviews
"smaller boat"
in 13 reviews
"minke whales"
in 29 reviews
"first night"
in 36 reviews
"rib boat"
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"marine biologist"
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"cancelled due"
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"rough seas"
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"hot drinks"
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"cold night"
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"white beaked dolphins"
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"light pollution"
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Reviewed today

Enjoyed this boat trip to sail close to see the puffins on the cliffs and flying over us. Binoculars provided and books on the puffins. Boat captain and guide very informative.

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Reviewed yesterday

We booked a puffin trip and didn't have high expectations because you never know with wild animals, but there were hundred of puffins surrounding the boat. It was nice to be on such a small boat so you could get close and really see. Iris...More

Thank DaisyDot24
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were thrilled and exited to see 4 whales on our trip. We went on the night-trip and there were wery few People onboard so we was wery good taken care of by the crue. We even got to stand inside With the Captain while...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We did both the puffin and whale watching tour and had a great time. The puffin trip was first on a small boat to a nearby island. Our tour guide Iris was very knowledgeable and engaging during the trip, and we didn't fully realize just...More

Thank johnkwright
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a great time on Special Tours RIB Express Whale Watching Tour. We spotted a seal, puffins, white-beaked dolphins and several minke whales, including one that must have circled our boat several times, because it kept popping up in different spots around our boat....More

Thank Kathy C
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Carina did a great job of sighting and pointing out the birds and porpoises and whales. The boat was stable and quiet. The explanations weer lucid and informative. The protective clothing provided was excellent. Saw white-beaked porpoise and Minke whales as well as a plethora...More

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Thank Eustace G
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Eustace, Thank you for the review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us to see the whales and will pass the compliments along to your guide, Carina. We often see harbour porpoises and white-beaked dolphins, both types of toothed-whales, and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was not clearly explained that the tour was a subcontract and the pirckup did not show any ID to indicate such. The driver made zero effort to find passengers and left us behind. Once we caught up with the voat we had a great...More

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Thank Ernie P
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Ernie, Thank you for your review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us, but sorry to hear about the confusion in the beginning. When some of our friends at other tour operators do not have full boats they send their...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did 2 separate tours and enjoyed both. We went on the 1 hour Puffin tour mid afternoon and were able to get close enough to see many puffins. The guide on our boat was very knowledgeable. Later the same day we went on the...More

Thank Flatcoatmom2009
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello, and thank you for your review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your tours with us to see the whales and puffins, and will pass the compliments along to both guides & crew. Minke whales and humpback whales are two of the four...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well organised. Picked up from hotel on time, very informative guide, good commentary throughout.More

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Thank spoonsnd
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello, and thank you for your review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and will pass the compliments along to our guides and staff. We are running our Instagram competition so if you have some good or fun photos from...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The 15 minute boat ride to the island where the puffins are nesting meant we had plenty of time to spend watching them fish and fly back to their burrows! Our guide provided us with lots of information about the puffins and the other birds...More

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Thank Kim R
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Kim, Thank you for the review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your Puffin Express tour with us and will pass the compliments along to your guide. The islands that the puffins nest on are also home to a variety of other birds,...More

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monkeylove3386
7 November 2017|
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Response from specialtoursiceland | Property representative |
Hello, and thank you for your question - our larger boats do have a bar area where we sell coffee, hot chocolate, tea, snacks, sandwiches, alcohol etc. The smaller boats (our puffin express and RIB whale express boat) do not... More
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Mel H
16 October 2017|
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Response from specialtoursiceland | Property representative |
Hello Mel, We do not have parking spaces assigned to us, but there is plenty of parking nearby. There is a free parking lot very close to us and several pay to park lots nearby. If you want to stop by our ticket office... More
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Katie S
3 August 2017|
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Response from specialtoursiceland | Property representative |
Hello Katie, Thank you for the question-it depends on which boat you are going on. For both of our whale watching boats there is plenty of space to bring a stroller on board, but the boat that we use for puffin express is a... More
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