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Saeheimar Aquarium

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This aquarium is not the usual aquarium but realy a collections of anumal living in Iceland. This... read more

Reviewed October 26, 2018
b0b2145
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Gatineau, Canada
Seeing a live puffin was on my bucket list. I got to meet one at the aquarium.

We travelled to Iceland outside of puffin season, so we made a special trip to the island to go to... read more

Reviewed October 12, 2018
barbabelle00
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Toronto, Canada
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The “Aquarium and Natural History Museum of Vestmannaeyjar” was opened in 1964 and is the oldest museum of its kind in the country. The museum was run by the town of Vestmannaeyjar until January 2010 when the Research Center of Vestmannaeyjar took...more
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Reviewed October 26, 2018

This aquarium is not the usual aquarium but realy a collections of anumal living in Iceland. This place gives shelder to endager Puffin when they are very young.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

We travelled to Iceland outside of puffin season, so we made a special trip to the island to go to the aquarium and meet the rescued puffin they have there. She was beautiful. She was brought out to sit on a little table so we...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

We came overnight hoping to see puffins. Toti has passed away but we did get to see another puffin rescue. We also saw people bring in pufflings in a box they found outside. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank loribob67
Reviewed September 27, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the aquarium which was included as part of our island tour. We recommend doing both.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank lbsb
Reviewed September 23, 2018

The main reason to go to this aquarium is to meet a puffin (or two). We were fortunate enough to meet a grown puffin and a puffling (a year old). We were not allowed to touch either of them because that would affect their waterproofing,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank RavenShade
Reviewed September 22, 2018

We finished our amazing Eyjatours exploration of this port with a visit to this aquarium. Our guide Ebbi led us directly up two flights of stairs to the room which housed their collection of (taxidermy) indigenous animals and birds. Entering the room, right there on...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Gus H
Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

Very informative, the people were also very friendly. Their little mascot puffin has recently passed, so we didn’t get to see him, but they had another resident puffin they brought out to visit. The lady mentioned that they’re hoping to build a newer, bigger location...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Maggie C
Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

Friendly little museum with taxidermy and live fish/crustaceans in small sized tanks. We were pleasantly welcomed by the staff who took their time to introduce to their resident puffin Thor and walk us through some of the exhibits and their endeavour to rescue pufflings across...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Wisdom_of_Baba
Reviewed September 17, 2018

The variety of sea and air wild life in the museum is well presented and incredibly varied. I guarantee that you will see things from the area that you have never seen before, And then there are the live puffins, up close and personal. We...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank s1jag
Reviewed September 16, 2018

After being up north where all the puffins had already left we were starting to think we wouldn't get to see any puffins in their nature environment but a visit to the Saeheimar Aquarium meant we were able to talk to the locals and were...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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catk95
June 2, 2018|
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Response from Wander677990 | Reviewed this property |
We got very close to the puffin, they brought it right out with us. We touched it and so did others (I'm not talking like aggressively patting a dog, just a brush with the finger). The puffin survived and will be just fine... More
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February 2, 2018|
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We took a plane which takes about 30 minutes from downtown Reykjavik. Drive time I would estimate 3-4 hours plus the ferry ride across. The drive is really pretty and there are waterfalls on the way, so I would account for... More
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Mary F
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You can play with him! But not hold or pet him.
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