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Special Tours - Puffin Express

AEgisgarour 13 | Reykjavik’s Old Harbour, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 560 8800
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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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AEgisgarour 13 | Reykjavik’s Old Harbour, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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+354 560 8800
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The puffin express was a very enjoyable and quick little jaunt to a nearby island that, during the summer months, is populated with puffins. The boat ride over is easy, with very little bouncing. You get a good view of Reykjavík Harbor and the guide...More

Thank Syddiddi
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I did this tour as part of a package of both puffin watching and a separate whale watching tour. For the puffin tour you take a small boat out that is half cover and half out. I recommend staying on the covered side if you...More

Thank JordanGingerich
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Iris was a great guide. We got to see hundreds of puffins. It’s an hour, it accomplished its objectives perfectly.

Thank Fred S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour is a little to short for the price, but it worth. Our guider was really good, very knowledgeable and entertaining. It's really a nice experience watch the Puffins around the island.

Thank Hugo A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You see two islands of puffins. There are binoculars as it's hard to see much detail with the naked eye. The birds are only football sized. I didn't get a lot of large shots even with a basic telephoto. However, you learn a lot about...More

Thank sitarah
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very cool tour. It was only an hour or so round trip from Reykjavik's harbor to what I affectionately call Puffin Island, a small island just off Iceland's coast where puffins gather. Despite the large number of people on our tour, the...More

Thank Joe B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Total disappointment. Paid for and booked this trip for four of us (what was supposed to be a one hour round trip to see Puffins on a nearby island) via Trip Advisor. Showed my online voucher at the ticket office and they confirmed my name...More

Thank fltraveler100
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I were really looking forward to seeing the puffins. You get close enough to see them fly, but not close enough to clearly see them. It would be fine if the tour was a bit more transparent about that. Iris, the tour...More

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

Dear Deb, Thank you for your review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed the commentary from Íris but sorry that you were disappointed in the overall tour. The puffins nest on islands that are protected breeding grounds, so no one is allowed to go...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw hundreds of puffins on the island, swimming in the water, and flying overhead. So much fun! Nice small boat (dry) with informative, helpful guide. We went at 8:00 before flying home later that morning, We didn't get our tickets ahead of time, but...More

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

Dear Jo, Thank you for the review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us to see the puffins and will pass the compliments along to your guide. We always welcome walk-ins as long as we have availability, but it's never a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's great to have a very quick, yet interesting tour option offered. We did this tour in the morning before going to the airport, and it worked out great. The puffins are adorable, though as other reviewers said, it's hard to photograph them without proper...More

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

Dear Nicole, Thank you for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your Puffin Express tour with us and will pass the compliments along to your guide. Puffins are small and quite fast, so it can be tricky to photograph them - we always recommend...More

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ckconey
2 June 2018|
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Response from specialtoursiceland | Property representative |
Hello, and thank you for the question! We see many puffins on all of our tours throughout the day, but we often find that we have a lot of success on our morning tours when the puffins are just waking up before they head out... More
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Sara W
1 June 2018|
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Response from specialtoursiceland | Property representative |
Hi Sara, Thanks for reaching out! We recommend wearing sensible shoes and to dress according to the weather. This is a one hour tour and we do have indoor seating if it starts to rain, but just be mindful of the weather... 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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