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Special Tours - Puffin Express

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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...more
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Reviewed 27 November 2018

since not a season so that can't see puffin in south but last day i join special tour for boat tour. the bird is interesting & funny. but since the weather not so good & my equipment poor. hard to take photo for it but...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank iamface
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2018

Hello, and thank you for the review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your puffin tour with us this past summer. The puffins are in Iceland for their breeding season during the summer months, typically from late April-mid-August. We get our passengers as close...More

Reviewed 20 October 2018

Guide was very knowledgeable ad tour on the small boat was very informative and maneuvered into spots making it easy to observe the birds and others that steal their food from them. Very entertaining and informative trip. We would recommend it to those looking for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mark S
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2018

Dear Mark, Thank you for the review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your Puffin Express tour with us earlier this year, and will pass the compliments along to the captain and guide. The puffins have now left Iceland for the winter and are...More

Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

I was very impressed with the knowledge of the guide, her sense of humor, and her obviously genuine love of the sea, the creatures that live in it and on it, and our responsibility to look after it all. The fact we saw whales so...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank montybean8
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

Hello, and thank you for your review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us to see the whales & puffins and will pass the compliments along to your guide. The puffins are only in Iceland for a few months for their...More

Reviewed 24 August 2018

Easy to get too and Puffins are funny to watch. Difficult to get close up pictures of them. They have binoculars but bringing your own was even better because they had a stabilizer which makes it easier to view from a boat.More

Date of experience: June 2018
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

Hello, and thank you for your review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us to see the puffins. Puffins are well-known for being difficult to photograph as they are small and very fast. We recommend a long lens for photography purposes....More

Reviewed 21 August 2018

This small boat probably held 20-25. It was old and worn, but that did not detract from the experience (gave it character). The guide and boat captain were both very informative and went out of their way to please everyone. They both knew their stuff!...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

Dear John, Thank you for your review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and will pass the compliments along to your guide and captain. Our boat, Old Skúli, was actually used as a ferry between Reykjavík and the island Viðey...More

Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

The guide was lovely and very informative, and you could tell she was really making an effort, so 3 stars for her. Unfortunately, it was the end of puffin season, so there were only a few “specks” off in the distance. The ride was choppy...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LizabethRose
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

Dear Lizabeth, Thank you for your review - we're glad that you enjoyed the guidance but sorry to hear that the sightings were not very good. We only operate this tour when the puffins are here for their breeding season. This season they started leaving...More

Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

The company is great and they had a lovely crew and guide on the boat with us, but the tour was boring to my teen children and I. The puffins were cool to see but overall it wasnt worth the money spent, let alone the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank rick s
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Dear Rick, We're glad that you like our company and our crew, but sorry to hear that it was not a fun trip for you and your children. We love the puffins and our guides are puffin experts - full of fun facts and extra...More

Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

If you only have a little bit of time, this is the cheapest way to see real puffins — I’m sure developement will eventually drive these precious little birds out of the harbor— the croatian guide couldn’t be friendlier and the ride was easy —...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank L H
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Hello, and thank you for the review! We're glad you enjoyed your puffin tour with us and will pass the compliments along to your guide. The islands that the puffins nest on are protected breeding grounds, so no one is allowed to step foot on...More

Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed this boat tour on a sunny, breezy day. Suitably rugged up (waterproofs, beanies, hoods etc) we sat on the sturdy boat and experienced the waves, wind and spray on the short journey to the puffin island. We saw plenty of puffins, gulls, skies...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank FlyingEmu
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Hello, and thank you for the review! We're glad that you enjoyed your tour with us to see the puffins (and large variety of other birds). We will also pass your compliments along to the guide and crew. We're running our Instagram competition so if...More

Reviewed 13 August 2018

This one hour tour left promptly and got us fairly close to the puffins on the islands near the Reykjavik harbor. Our tour guide Iris was informative, nice and very sweet. She gave us great background into the behavior of puffins and even sent out...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Charl W
specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Dear Charl, 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 Íris. The puffins can be difficult to photograph, especially with camera phones - we always recommend...More

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S C
16 September 2018|
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Response from specialtoursiceland | Property representative |
Hello, and thank you for the question! Unfortunately March is too early for the puffin season. They are only here during the summer months for their breeding seaon and usually arrive towards the end of April. We begin our... 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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