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Puffin Watching with Ambassador in Faxaflói bay

Our classic puffin tours are intimate, fun and a comfortable adventure on a small boat that depart from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík! Here is your chance to experience the ‘clowns of the sea’ in their natural environment.

Depending on the tides and conditions on the islands our captains will take you to either Engey, Akurey or Lundey, one of three islands well known for their plentiful birdlife. We cannot go on the islands, but try and get as close as possible without disturbing the nesting birds. In addition to puffins you have the opportunity to view other birds such as eider ducks, arctic terns, guillemots and cormorants.

The island’s shores are rocky but our captains know the best spots to get close to the puffins without disturbing any natural behaviour. If the weather is right we might even turn off the engines so that you can enjoy the nature better and listen to the bird’s calls.

  • Book online!
  • Put on your warm clothes, layer up. Bring sunglasses too and a binoculars if you have it.
  • Daily departures from the Old Harbour – look for the red and white flags! 

Departures May - August

08:00 10:00 12:00 14:00
See booking calendar
3 hours
Reykjavik Old Harbour
Time Period
May – August
Age Limit
Tour Type
Family friendly
ISK 6.500
3 hours
Reykjavik Old Harbour
Time Period
All year round
Age Limit
Tour Type
Family friendly

Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Why go Puffin Watching with us?

Our crew is very experienced and knowledgeable about the local birdlife. Enjoy an hour at sea with our expert guide who will tell you all about the puffins and answer any questions you may have! This is an experience you don’t want to miss..

Where to find us

Tour fact sheet

  • Approximately one hour puffin watching
  • Small yacht or similar
  • 360° panorama
  • Binoculars available on board
  • Experienced crew
  • Heated indoor cabin with toilet facilities
  • Ample space
  • Small group tour
  • Photos from your tour available after the tour

Schedule for Reykjavik Whale Watching 2017

09:00 13:00 17:00
March   14th– 31st
April  1st– 30th 1st– 30th
May  1st– 31st  1st– 31st 15th– 31st
June 1st– 30th  1st– 30th 1st– 30th
July  1st– 31st  1st– 31st  1st– 31st
August  1st– 31st  1st– 31st  1st– 31st
September   1st– 31st 1st– 30th 1st– 30th
October   1st– 31st  1st– 31st
November  1st– 30th
December  1st– 31st

  • “Stunning scenery, with whales!” I wandered in to the office and asked if they thought there was much chance of seeing whales that day. I was drily informed by a guide that the probability was between 99-100% so I booked and am so glad I did! We saw lots of minke whales and humpbacks, with some of the humpbacks coming very close to us....

    tea_n_see / Australia
    tea_n_see / Australia From Tripadvisor
  • “First Class Experience!”
    Today we went on their last whale watching trip of the year, they end now until next Spring. And what a way to finish! We saw minke and humpbacks playing and diving no more than 5 metres from our boat. For over an hour we watched and photographed these amazing creatures, seemingly oblivious to us being there.

    Andy-S60 / England
    Andy-S60 / England From Tripadvisor
  • “Unbelievable experience”
    We could not keep count on the many whales we saw, so close up that I felt like I could just reach out my hand and touch them. What an amazing experience. We were on a high speed boat so we could just follow the whales and get up very close again and again. We also saw the warmest waterfall in Europe. Excellent trip with nice details in addition to the main purpose of seeing whales. Beautiful view of the mountains surrounding the fjord.

    soleybs From Tripadvisor
  • “Close enough to touch the whales!”
    My husband and I did the speed boat tour on our honeymoon, and we had a fantastic time! We saw harbor porpoises, minke whales, and humpbacks so close that they sprayed water on us. Our guide Mary was knowledgeable and fun to have with us. I would highly recommend this your for anyone who loves beautiful views and marine life!

    Alex K
    Alex K From Tripadvisor
  • “Best excursion in Iceland for us!”
    We went whale watching on the extreme ribbed boat on October 22. Our captain Örn and our guide Anna were amazing! We were able to get up close to all the whales! It was an amazing experience! We saw about 6-7 different humpbacks and a few minke whales. It was so worth the money. I would really recommend the extreme boat tour because you can see the whales so well from the small boat and with just a few people around you. It is also fast enough to cruise over to a whale when you start to see it from far. I think this was my favorite thing I've experienced in Iceland!

    Allissa M
    Allissa M From Tripadvisor
  • “Used Ambassador for Northern Lights Viewing

    Ambassador took us on a northern lights viewing tour in Akureyri and needless to say, we are so glad that we went along. At our hotel, the Icelandair Akureyri, they recommended that we go out on a boat to see the northern lights because their forecast said there would be a good chance of catching them. Well, we listened and spent the $100 to go and have nothing but a lifetime of memories.

    We saw the aurora borealis in all the colors you can possibly imagine, dancing, bouncing and just at their best. It was a frigidly cold night, but the boat staff did their best to offer us blankets and let us go down to the bottom, covered deck to keep warm. It was a lovely experience and Ambassador made it possible.”

    LeHungryPlanet From Tripadvisor
  • “Stunning scenery, with whales We took a morning excursion on a RIB boat and were not disappointed. The staff were very accommodating. We had great weather, and the fjord was very calm. We first saw a minke whale at some distance. But pretty quickly came across a pair of humpbacks. I was surprised at how close they came to the boat as they fed – they didn’t seem too worried about us. Impressive creatures and a wonderful experience.

    plantaginea From Tripadvisor
  • “Stunning scenery, with whales

    Perfect for whale watching. Wear their overalls to keep warm. Crew knew where we had to go to see whales. I have brilliant photos

    SHEI999 From Tripadvisor
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