6. Reykjavik: Puffin Watching Tour
Traveling on a RIB lets you cover a larger area and get closer to the puffins than on a conventional boat. Watch the birds as they nest, dive and fly, and learn about their characteristics as you cruise around the rocks and cliffs. Numbers are limited to 12 for a more personalized experience. Make your own way to Reykjavik Old Harbour in the early morning and meet the captain of your RIB. Listen to a short safety briefing, put on your provided coveralls, climb aboard, and take hold of the grab rail as your boat sets off.
Drink in the views of Faxaflói Bay as your RIB zips out over the ice-cold waters. As you cruise, watch for Iceland’s wildlife, including the many species of sea birds that frequent the bay and its islands in summer. As well as puffins, gannets, auks, fulmars and Arctic terns all visit the local waters. Bump over the waves toward the rocky islands and sea cliffs, and sail up close to the rocks and inlets to view the puffins that nest here between May and August.
Your RIB is super-fast, so you can cover a wider area than on a conventional boat, and therefore enjoy more time to watch the birds. Plus, it’s designed to get as near as possible to the shore, so you can get closer up to the colonies. Your captain will also switch off the engine where possible so you can view the birds in a tranquil and natural setting.
As you watch the puffins, listen to interesting facts about the species from the expert guide and captain. Hear about their natural behaviors and diet, and snap photos of them nesting, diving and flying as you sail around the little inlets. After about an hour on the sea, arrive back at Reykjavik harbor where your puffin watching cruise ends.