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Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover the natural majesty of Iceland with the Reykjavik Super Saver, a combination of two popular tours at a discounted price. Realize your dreams of seeing wild whales during a 2.5- or 3.5-hour whale-watching tour and marvel at adorable puffins as you sail the rugged shores of Akurey island on a 1-hour puffin cruise. Enrich your knowledge of the majestic creatures while listening to commentary from a knowledgeable guide on each captivating cruise.
  • Reykjavik Super Saver that offers two incredible tours for a discounted price
  • Spot marine life, including harbor porpoises and humpback whales, on a whale-watching tour
  • Choose between a 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise, or a 2.5-hour high-speed boat version
  • Learn about some of Iceland’s most majestic native wildlife from expert guides on both tours
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Departure Point

Geirsgata 11, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

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Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Puffin Express Cruise to Akurey from Reykjavik (1 Hour)Select a departure time to suit your schedule and then depart from your Reykjavík hotel (if pickup option selected). If you have not added the hotel pickup then you will meet us in Reykjavík's Old Harbour where you will board a comfortable boat destined for the idyllic island of Akurey, famed for its dense puffin population.

Find a comfortable seat on board and warm yourself with a soft, provided blanket while listening to illuminating narration that details the behavior and physiology of the puffins. 

As you approach the island, gaze out of the window and marvel at the agile birds as they dive into the water for fish. Use binoculars to get a closer look at the puffins and scour the sea for other bird species like Arctic terns, black guillemots and northern fulmars. 

Arrive at the rocky shores of Akurey and circle the island for more prime puffin vantage points. Then, make the serene journey back to land where your hotel drop off will be waiting (if option selected).'

Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik (2.5 or 3.5 Hours)Opt for a tour length and departure time to suit to your schedule and then embark on either a leisurely 3.5-hour cruise or an express 2.5-hour high-speed boat ride. Depart from your Reykjavik hotel (if option selected) and travel to the quaint Old Harbour to board your luxurious whale-watching vessel.

Keep your eyes open for common sightings of minke whales and humpback whales while your guide helps scan the open seas. While listening to illuminating natural commentary from your guide, scan the calm ocean for sightings of other wildlife species like white-beaked dolphins and porpoises. Keep your eyes open and your camera ready for common sightings of minke whales and humpback whales!

Revitalize with steaming beverages like hot chocolate and aromatic coffee throughout your cruise in the inside viewing area (at your own expense). After capturing countless photographs of majestic whales,relax during the journey by boat and coach to your Reykjavik hotel (if option selected).

In the unlikely event you don’t spot any whales in Faxaflói Bay, receive a complimentary ticket for another whale-watching cruise. 

Please note: You can choose to take the tours on the same day, or across separate days during your Iceland vacation.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Warm clothes recommended
  • Please note: You will need to reconfirm your cruise times with the supplier, refer to voucher for further details
  • Hotel pick up: Available to book directly with supplier (extra fees apply).
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Special Tours Iceland

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Iceland Super Saver: Puffin Cruise plus Whale-Watching Tour from Reykjavik.

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star-4
Excellent whale watching, but a very small boat for too many people at the puffin tour
Thomas
, Aug 2021
The whale watching was actually a five star experience with some animals to be seen for quite a while and an informative guide. The puffin cruise, however, was disappointing because there were way too many people on the small boat. As a result, you couldn't really enjoy the short journey.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
It's worthwhile for the budget minded
Tricia_W
, Aug 2021
We saw a humpback whale! Very cool! The whale watching tour was just the right amount of time and the tour guide was knowledgeable. The puffin cruise was ok and kind of short. There were tons but we couldn't get very close to the puffin island so it was hard to see them unless they flew by. For the price it's still worthwhile.
star-5
Whales & Puffins
Magaly_M
, Aug 2021
Our tour guide was enthusiastic and very informative. The sea was smooth and we saw 3 different types of whales. It was a great day!
star-4
More birds than whales!
robert_m
, Jul 2021
Never no what you see! Don’t expect jumping whales otherwise you’ll be disappointed! But the of seeing the fountains of air of a humpbag and their backs snd vins gliding through the water are exiting enough. The boat ride itself is an adventure on its own! Puffin tour in smaller boat is nice, good guide provided lots of info and you can see a lot of birds. Youre not allowed to acces the islands where they breed so you are bound to the boat.. but very nice trip!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your tours with us and we will pass the compliments along to the guides. Since we're working with wildlife we can never guarantee sightings, nor can we guarantee what behaviors the whales will exhibit when we do see them. That's part of the beauty of working with nature and wildlife - each tour is unique and every encounter special. You're also absolutely correct about the puffin islands, it's banned to go onto the islands because they are a protected breeding ground. Our boat allows us to get as close as possible while still following guidelines and respecting the bird life :) Thank you for sailing with us, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
star-5
Humpbacks, Minkes and Dolphins, Oh MY!
Sandra_R
, Jun 2021
I thought this was great. A nice easy day, relaxing on the water. We had 3 hour whale watching in the morning, and then came back for a 10 minute break and got on a different boat for the 1 hour puffin cruise. We were done in time for a late lunch, but if you were hungry, there were snacks for purchase on the whale watching boat. We were so fortunate to see humpback whales, Minke whales and dolphins!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you so much for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your Whale Watching & Puffin Express tours with us. Humpbacks, minkes & dolphins are three of the four most common species that we see in the bay - it sounds like it was quite a successful tour! Thank you for sailing with Special Tours, and we hope that you enjoy the rest of your stay in Iceland. Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
star-4
Puffins and Whales
Melissa_L
, Jun 2021
We had really rough seas on on the Whale Watching part. They told us this before leaving in case we wanted to cancel. The staff was very helpful handing out ginger candy and sick bags. We unfortunately did not see any whales but we did see lots of Puffins and other sea birds. If it had been high tide, we may have been able to get closer to the island where the Puffins breed. The Biologist was very informative and we learned many interesting things about the wildlife of Iceland.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your tours with us and will pass the compliments along to the guides. We always let passengers know the sea conditions ahead of time to allow anyone who is prone to sea sickness the chance to reschedule or cancel. We're glad that you were still able to sail out in this case and see the puffins. Thank you for your review, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Nice combination of two tours
Robert_C
, Jun 2021
We really wanted to see whales up close but were only able to see three or four in the distance. We did love the journey out to sea anyway. We were provided with wet suits which really kept us warm and enjoyed the adventure even though we didn’t get some up close viewing. The smaller boat to the island of puffins made it easier to get a little closer to view the birds but here again not quite close enough. There was no opportunity to see the birds up close and personal, just huge flocks of them flying around the island. We still enjoyed it though. It was a nice morning.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your Whale Watching & Puffin Express tours with us. We always do our best to get as close as possible to the wildlife that we encounter while following the guidelines and code of conduct. It is ultimately up to the animals to decide how close they want to be to our boats. Thank you for sailing with Special Tours, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
star-4
Two in one sight seeing
melinda s
, Jul 2019
So this is two different tours. We got on a normal whale seeing tour boat. They were ok. We saw some puffins on the tour and initially were wondering why there was separate puffin tour. But the puffin tour was on a smaller boat that got very close to the island. We learned lots about the puffins and it was one of my 8 year old son’s favorite part of the trip
star-4
Really enjoyed this combo whale and...
Amanda F
, Jul 2018
Really enjoyed this combo whale and puffin tour. It was cool to see the mink whales and they try really hard to get the boat as close as possible and find as many whales as possible. Although cool to see, unfortunately my tour didn't get to see anything more than fins and tales. The puffin tour was nice following and getting to see Puffin Island. You didn't get to see any puffins up close though which I feel like would have been better. I would try the whale-watching tour again, but the puffin cruise is more of a cool to see once, but wouldn't go again. You also see plenty of puffins on the whale-watching tour if you want to grab a few pics there and save money on the puffin tour. Shout-out to the whale-watching guide on the tour who was extremely knowledgeable and worked really hard to find and point out whale sightings!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
We had a fun time. Only a small...
normanws
, Jul 2018
We had a fun time. Only a small group on the puffin tour donut was nice, and then a bigger boat for the whales. Great guides on both, plus he guide emailed photos of the whales we saw that she had taken. Nice touch!

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