Friday, March 8, 2019

Elding Puffin Watching Tour in Iceland

Elding Puffin Watching Tour in Iceland

Elding Puffin Watching Tour in Reykjavik, Iceland

From Reykjavik, you can take a tour by boat to view puffins on one of the harbor's rocky islands. Before we embarked, I did not know quite what to expect.  Would we just see a few specks? Soon after departing, I would be enthralled by all of the puffins flying about the island.


Getting ready to sail to Puffin Island in Iceland.
Getting ready to sail to Puffin Island!
We embarked our tour boat from a pier in the Old Harbor portion of Reykjavik. We sailed with Elding which I highly recommend. The island is not far from the pier and the tour is short overall, so I recommend this adventure to families. However, dress warmly -- it is quite cold on the water!

Puffins flying all over at an island near Reykjavik in Iceland.
Puffins flying all over at an island near Reykjavik.
Puffins All Around

As we approached the island, we could see puffins flying all around it almost in a cloud. Watching the adorably rotund birds was mesmerizing!

Adorable puffins above the rocky shore in Reykjavik, Iceland
Adorable puffins above the rocky shore.
I was actually surprised that we got close enough to really take a good look at the puffins. We did have binoculars with us and those without could borrow them from the tour. Unfortunately, I did not bring my good lens with my camera. So, I don't have real close ups. It would have been possible to get nice ones from this tour with the correct lens.


Of course, you can also view other birds as well. If you look closely at the photo below, you will see a black-backed gull and some eider ducks.


Seeing Hallgrimskirkja in the Distance

The overall tour was about 1hr-1.5hr. You can see Hallgrimskirkja in the photo below indicating how close we were to Reykjavik.

Hallgrimskirkja from our tour boat in Reykjavik Harbor.
Hallgrimskirkja from our tour.
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Our Puffin Watching Tour with Elding provided us with such a magical experience and fond family memory. My daughter was only seven on our first visit to Iceland, so we were not entirely sure which tours would work for her. She was entirely delighted during the Puffin Watching Tour as was my husband and myself! Perfect choice!

**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Puffin Watching Tour in Reykjavik, Iceland

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