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Saeheimar Aquarium

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Heidarvegur 12, Vestmannaeyjar 900, Iceland
+354 481 1997
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Nice to see a rehabilitating puffin

Our kids liked this stop with lots of local stuffed birds and animals to see and one rehabilitating... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Des Moines, Iowa
Great for the kids!

This was the final stop of our Eyja tour (look them up and take their tour - it should be a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Washington, Pennsylvania
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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 over the management. It is now simply called “The Aquarium
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Heidarvegur 12, Vestmannaeyjar 900, Iceland
+354 481 1997
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Our kids liked this stop with lots of local stuffed birds and animals to see and one rehabilitating puffin to view. It would be nice if the puffin had something natural to sit on instead of just the tile floor. When it wanted to hide...More

Thank IowaMum
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the final stop of our Eyja tour (look them up and take their tour - it should be a requirement!). There were a few mid-size tanks with some cool fish and other sea life. But the real excitement of this place is their...More

Thank iTravel11
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a natural history museum with many stuffed animals on display as well as some fish living in small tanks. The real reason to go is the puffins which live in the museum with free range to walk around the exhibits. We were able...More

Thank Robert J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So the aquarium itself is nothing to write home about. There is a lot of taxidermy and about 10 tanks that all have the same thing: starfish, catfish and crabs. BUT they have a lot of information about the puffins on the island and little...More

Thank Am1121
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

þvery charming and a lot of beautiful birds of all kinds. Came with my grandchildren with a smalll puffing they found. Was measured and weighed and set free to the Sea. Good information from Saeheimar's people. Thank you :-)

Thank Elisabet G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Storhofdi first to see wild puffins before we visited this aquarium. In this aquarium, you can see rescued puffins. They brings puffins to the table and leave there for 20-30 minutes. You can take a picture (not touch). It was great experience. However,...More

Thank DongHyuk Y
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The children loved the puffin that wandered around the aquarium. It was so amazing to see it up close.

Thank JessicaO750
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Small place but well worth visiting. Gives you an overview of the fish Birds that you'll find on the island along with some history of it all. Last but not least you can get up close in personal with some puffins although you are not...More

Thank icastu
Reviewed August 17, 2017

We bought a group ticket that included this along with the volcano and folk museum. It is a tiny Aquarium with a few rooms of exhibits. There are as many birds as there are sea creatures. There isn't much to see but they bring out...More

Thank Megan726
Reviewed August 17, 2017 via mobile

At least meeting the puffin star is a good reason to visit the place. And it is included in Puffin and Volcano Tour by Eyjatours!

Thank PAG00
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Liz B
June 26, 2017|
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Response from Páll J | Property representative |
As stated by our visitors reply above we do not let you hold the puffin. However, Tóti the puffin is very social and sometimes he can rest in your palms or on your shoulder so you do not touch his feathers. However, Tóti has... More
Samantha R
January 8, 2016|
Response from fredSeattle_Wa | Reviewed this property |
No idea , we had a car. However you don't need a car to get to the island via the ferry. Walk on and off. The town is pretty compact.