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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.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“puffin tour” (21 reviews)
“small boat” (18 reviews)
“zoom lens” (7 reviews)
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

Before heading to the airport I stopped by and did the puffin express tour. It's nice that the tour is only 1 hr. Once on the boat, it's a 15 min boat ride to a nearby puffin island. You spend ~30 mins at the island...More

Thank Katherine S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had high expectations for this tour from the brochure, but were let down a little. There were hardly any puffins and we did not get to see any baby puffins despite it being breeding season. We went out to an island where the puffins...More

Thank Charley 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 very sorry to hear that the tour did not live up to your expectations. Summer is their breeding season, but the pufflings are still in the burrows until the end of summer when they are big enough...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easy to find the tour office and we left on time. We were the last tour of the day. Need a really good camera with shutter lense to photograph the birds as they are small and quick. We got up fairly close and it was...More

Thank cdandoy
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 that you enjoyed your puffin tour with us. We will also pass the compliments along to your guide. As puffins are small and quite quick, it can indeed be very difficult to photograph them and it's...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was recently in Iceland for a quick layover and decided to take this quick one-hour puffin tour as I was also conveniently staying near the docks. I bought my ticket with the help of the front desk at Icelandair Hotel the night before. It...More

Thank Sarah C
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 to see the puffins, and will pass along your kind words to our guide and captain. The puffins definitely do not mind the rain as they...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to squeeze in this 8:00 AM tour on the day of our afternoon departure from Reykjavik. The water was fairly calm (good reason to book a morning tour), boat was comfortable, Captain was very professional and easygoing, and the tour guide (Sara?) was...More

Thank haymant200
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 to see the puffins, and will pass along the compliments to Sara and the captain. The puffins are always fun to watch but can be tricky...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took this short tour over the weekend & the wildlife biologist, George from Scotland, was incredibly informative. We are veterinarians and even our anatomical puffin questions were easy fodder for him. Great tour with an excellent & accommodating guide.More

Thank jkdvm
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 and will be sure to pass the compliment along to George. If you took any photos on your tour be sure to enter our Instagram competition...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

For the money we paid, we should have been up closer to the puffins!!! The crew and the woman explaining about the puffins were really nice, but it was impossible for any of us on the boats to get pictures of the tiny puffins because...More

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

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience with us on your puffin express tour. Puffins are notoriously difficult to photograph without a long lens as they are small...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The boat is small and the group is small as well. We found this to be most ideal. The boat provides comfortable sheltered seating if it's cold, windy, and/or rainy. We really enjoyed the guides. They were calm, kind, and very informative on puffins and...More

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

Hello, and thank you for the review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us to see the puffins and will pass along the compliments to our guide and captain. Our boats for the puffin express have both indoor and outdoor...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked this last minute when we realized had time one evening. We went on a 5pm tour so we could do dinner afterwards. The tour takes almost exactly 1 hour, so it does not interfere with other activities. This time of year, you can...More

Thank kirbchr
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 puffin express tour with us. We always see puffins in the summer months during their breeding season, and the last couple of weeks they have been especially numerous. We...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make sure you get there if visiting in the Summer. Islands full of migrating Puffins. A mist see if you like these little birds. Have fun and very affordable.More

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

Hello, and thank you for your review-the puffins are indeed very cool :) We love having them here during the summer months for their breeding season. We only operate the tour when they are here, so it is always 100% guaranteed you will see them...More

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NekoCat
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
25 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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