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Special Tours - Puffin Express

AEgisgarour 13 | Reykjavik’s Old Harbour, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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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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AEgisgarour 13 | Reykjavik’s Old Harbour, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Reviewed August 22, 2017

This is fun and easy trip. In addition to seeing Puffins you also get great views of Reykjavik and the surrounding countryside. Lots of good photo ops. The tour guide was friendly, attentive and knowledgalbe. I would put this near the top of your list...More

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2017

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour with us to see the puffins and will pass along the compliments to our puffin guide. On clear days you also do get absolutely stunning landscape views of...More

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Reviewed August 22, 2017

Good trip with very friendly guide. Good news was we found plenty of puffins & some skuas trying to steal their food. Only a few months of the year you can make this trip when the puffins are in residence so if you get the...More

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2017

Hello, and thank you so much for your review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour to see the puffins, and will pass along the compliments to our guide. The puffins need to be quick bringing their fish back to their nests,...More

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Reviewed August 19, 2017

We did the tour in the beginning of August. It was a fun and easy tour. We had a great time! The boat was nice, the tour guide was very good and friendly and the puffins were great!More

Thank M_M_Gav
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2017

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us to see the puffins. We will pass along the compliments to our puffin guide-our crew always has fun on these puffins tours. The puffins are only...More

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Reviewed August 19, 2017

When one sees the puffin voyages advertised it shows large, beautiful pictures of the puffins. In reality, the puffins are miniscule and when we reached "Puffin Island" most of the birds we saw were seagulls. Puffins were flying around but were very fast and we...More

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2017

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to write your review! Puffins are notoriously difficult to photograph as they are small and very fast. For photography purposes we always recommend using a long lens (this is what was used to take the photographs of...More

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Reviewed August 17, 2017

This is a short, fun, easy tour if you have a little time. These birds are so unique and can be seen only in a few places in the world and for only a few months in the summer. The staff on this tour knows...More

Thank travelbug669
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2017

Hello, and thank you for your review! Puffins are indeed very awesome, and we love that we are able to view them during the months that they are in Iceland for their breeding season. We will pass along the compliments to our puffin express guide....More

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Reviewed August 15, 2017

This tour was super flexible and easy to work with when I wanted to switch my time and date of the tour- they responded by email right away and was happy to help. I'm so glad I switched from 5 pm to an 8 am...More

Thank Lily R
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2017

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour and will let our reception team know that you appreciated their assistance. We are always very flexible with our tour times-as long as we have free space on...More

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Reviewed August 15, 2017

Great service and very easy to do. It takes only 15m to get to the island, you get 30m of viewing, and 15 min back. We saw lots of puffins and learned a lot from the informative guide. It's a small boat, we had a...More

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2017

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us to see the puffins. Our quick express tour allows anyone in a hurry to still see the puffins in a relaxed atmosphere. Your timing is spot...More

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Reviewed August 13, 2017 via mobile

The conditions were in our favor this morning:higher tide and no wind. We chose this tour because they use a small boat that can get close to the two islands that you visit. The puffins were flying all around and landing in the water looking...More

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2017

Hello, and thank you so much for your review-we are happy to hear that you enjoyed both of your tours with us! Our main boat for puffin express, Old Skuli, is indeed shallow and can get quite close to the islands where the puffins nest....More

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Reviewed August 12, 2017

My teenage daughter, friend, and I went out on an 8:00 am excursion, and there were just seven passengers on the boat. Yes, it was a small boat, but for us, that added to the charm of the experience. As luck would have it, the...More

Thank psnick333
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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2017

Hello, and thank you for your review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us to see the puffins. We will pass along the compliments to Sara and our captain. Your comments regarding the camera lens and photography are very helpful-we...More

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Reviewed August 11, 2017

We were looking to see puffins, and weren't sure we could get to other more rural sites elsewhere in Iceland for a broader exposure to bird colonies (we didn't). So, we decided to try this tour to make sure we got our puffin fix Glad...More

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specialtoursiceland, Front Office Manager at Special Tours - Puffin Express, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2017

Hello, and thank you for the lovely review-and all of the excellent information it contains! We are located in the Old Harbour, very close to the city center, so we are easily within walking distance of many of the major hotels in the downtown area....More

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NekoCat
March 19, 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
July 25, 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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