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Address: | Reykjavik’s Old Harbour, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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+354 560 8800
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Puffin Watching tours with Special Tours, Puffin Express, have been...

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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A truly special evening

We opted for the Northern Lights boat tour, and were fortunate enough to see an absurdly good display. The lights were out for the entire duration of the tour and the guide... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We opted for the Northern Lights boat tour, and were fortunate enough to see an absurdly good display. The lights were out for the entire duration of the tour and the guide provided us with an array of knowledge and local folklore to keep us entertained. He was even kind enough to take pictures with a specialised camera that can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't take the Puffin tour, we were there in the winter and took the Northern Lights cruise by the same company. Great tour, knowledgeable crew.

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you for your review! The puffins are only here during the summer season so we do not offer the puffin tours during the winter months, but we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your Northern Lights tour with us. We will pass along the compliments to our crew, and hope that you enjoyed your stay in... More 

London, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Had a nice boat trip to see the puffins on the Puffin Express in Reykjavik. We saw lots of the fast little birds flying about. They're very difficult to get good pictures of but the numbers of them were impressive. I went in June 2016. Would definitely do this again when I go back to Iceland!

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us :) June and July are the high season for puffin watching here in Reykjavik and they can number in the thousands. Puffins are a bit smaller than most people expect, and are quite quick so they are indeed difficult to photograph... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Not sure if this is the exact same company we went through (we found the package on viator.com), but the tour was ok. It was ok only because it was the end of the season basically and there weren't too many birds to see. Not too many puffins out. I had a telephoto lens but I still wasn't able to... More 

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to write a review-we always appreciate customer feedback. We use our boat, Skulaskeið, for the puffin express tours because it lets us get very close to the islands-the islands are protected for the breeding season so we cannot go onto the islands. Puffins are notoriously difficult to photograph as they are small... More 

Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Probably the only time in your life to see puffins in the wild. The guides were very helpful and respectful of the birds. The boat is small enough for everyone to see with an enclosure if you want to get out of the rain/wind. Binoculars are provided, but if you have your own, it would be better. This is a... More 

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you so much for your review! We work very hard to make sure that we do not disturb the birds during our tours, and will pass along the compliments to the guide. We provide binoculars for our guests to share on board but you are definitely more than welcome to bring your own to use. If you... More 

Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

I booked the Puffin tour for mr last day in Iceland. Price very reasonable, guide very informative, and boat driver respectful of the birds. Although it wasthe end of the season, (Aug 16), we saw plenty of Puffins on the island from the boat, and flying. Bring your own binoculars, and dress warmly. If it's rainy/drizzling, waterproof outerwear is highly... More 

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your Puffin Express tour with us :) The end of the season is mid-August, but we take it day by day to see exactly when the puffins leave. During the end of the season there are not as many birds to view but as long... More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

We only had four days in Reykjavik but we were lucky to get one of the last trips of the season to "Puffin Island". Fortunately, there were still a lot of puffins flying, diving, swimming and just looking cute. The boat trip was short but so was the distance and with a very knowledgeable crew, the trip was really worthwhile.

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your puffin express tour with us. The puffins stayed much longer than expected this season, so we are glad you got to see them on your trip to Iceland! We will pass along the compliments to our guide and captain. If you took a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The guide was wonderful, friendly and informative. The boat was small giving plenty of opportunity to view not only the puffins (guaranteed to see) but the city of Reykjavik from the harbor. The tour leaves from the old harbor and is easy to find and get to. It was great to do with our kids.

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice review :) We are very happy you enjoyed the tour with us and hope to see you around in the future ! All the best, Special Tours Crew More 

Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

We booked this at the last minute because a food tour fell through. They guarantee you'll see puffins, probably because puffins return to their nesting sites and stay from May until the end of August. I liked that we didn't disturb the birds as we stayed on the boat

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you so much for your review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us :) The islands that the puffins nest on are protected for their breeding grounds so no one is allowed to go there and we work very hard to ensure that they are not disturbed. If you took a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

We took the one hour boat round trip out to puffin colony. The guide was informative and friendly. We saw hundreds of puffins, some reasonably close. It was a small boat and had an enclosed front area to stay warmer and dry (it was drizzling part of the time).

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this review

Hello, and thank you so much for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and will pass along the compliments to our guide. All of our boats have both indoor and outdoor seating areas as the weather in Iceland changes quite often :) If you took a photo or video be sure to... More 

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