Puffin & Bird Watching is fun and easy adventure that begins from The Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavík. An expert guide will meet you on board of one of our smaller boats.

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Puffin & Bird Watching is a fun and easy adventure that begins at the Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavík. An expert guide will meet you on board one of our smaller boats. Depending on the tides and conditions on the islands, our captains will decide whether to take you to Akurey or Lundey. 
The islands are famous for their plentiful birdlife, not only the beautiful and quirky puffins but also ducks, Arctic terns, guillemots and cormorants.The island’s shores are rocky – but out captains know the best spots for you to get closer to the puffins in their natural habitat. If the weather is good, we might even turn off the engines so you can enjoy the tranquil settingand listen to the call of the birds.Our crew will be sure to tell you interesting facts about the wildlife and the surroundings and will do their best to answer any questions you may have.


Meet us at our ticket office at least 15 min. before departure to check-in and receive your boarding card(s). Our team will show you to our boat, that is usually docked at the floating pier in front of our Visitor Centre / Wildlife Exhibition.


Our team will greet you on board the puffin boat and welcome you on board. Make sure to have your boarding card(s) readily available to ensure a smooth boarding process. Once on the boat, you are free to walk around, chat with the crew or find the perfect lookout spot!

Puffin Watching

Depending on the tides, we will visit the puffin colonies on either Engey, Akureyri, or Lundey. These three islands, located just off Reykjavík, are known for being breeding grounds for these charming birds during the summer. The islands are protected, so we won't be able to set foot on them, but the captain will sail as close as possible without disturbing their natural behavior. Keep an eye out for seals as well; they can often be seen resting on the rocks or hunting for food. Binoculars are available on board for you to use. 

The journey to the islands can take up to 15 minutes.

A child in a puffin hat and life vest watches puffins through binoculars.


The total duration of the tour is about 1-1,5 hrs. from boarding to disembarking, while the duration spent with the wildlife can vary. We hope you have a pleasant time on the tour and leave with a smile on your faces, as well as ever lasting memories. Feel free to email us at elding@elding.is for feedback or photos, which our team will happily provide if they were able to take any on the tour! 

Now that you're back on land, we recommend taking a stroll through the Old Harbour area, it is a small and quaint section with shops, restaurants and cafés.

What’s included

  • Use of raincoats 
  • Use of binoculars 
  • Excellent guidance

What do I need to bring

  • Tripod for better camera stability (if taking photographs) 
  • A good zoom lens for close up photographs (if taking photographs)

Important information

The deck on the boat can be slippery. We recommend wearing good sturdy footwear. For optimal viewing and a more enjoyable cruise this tour is weather dependent.
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