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Hop on-Hop off & Puffin Express

9.690 ISK /

2+ hours

Teens (12-15): 4.845 ISK

Children (7-11): 2.845 ISK Children (0-6): Free

See the beautiful city of Reykjavík and the charming puffins that nest just off the coast in the same day! Join us for an adventure at sea to the puffin islands and the hop on-hop off bus tour of Reykjavík, with conveniently located stops throughout the city.

Tour description

You can do these tours in whatever order you prefer – please note that the start times below are for the 1 hour puffin express tour. Your hop on-hop off bus pass is valid from 9:30 on the date that you select – 9:30 the following day.

The puffin watching tours with Special Tours, Puffin Express, have been popular for over 20 years! Our great experience, and especially designed boat, Skúlaskeið or “Old Skuli”, makes us the leading expert in the area. There are about 30.000 puffins nesting on the islands off the coast of Reykjavik and we are only a 15 minute boat ride away!

We sail out from the old harbour in Reykjavik and it only takes us about 15 minutes to reach the puffin island, Akurey. On the journey out you will be able to view Reykjavik from the seaside [remember your camera] and the guide will also share information about the buildings & islands that can be spotted along the way.

The islands we visit are covered with small hills and slopes and both are well known for their colorful birdlife. The island’s shores are rocky but our boat Old Skuli is specially designed to take us as close to the islands as possible due to its shallow draft. When we arrive to the islands we turn off the engine so our passengers can observe the birds and the beautiful surroundings.

Our expert guide will tell you all the facts and fun stories about the cute puffins and other wildlife that might be seen on the tour.

For the Hop on – Hop off part of this combo tour, join Reykjavík Excursions for a bus tour with City Sighseeing and get the chance to explore Reykjavík at your leisure. There are a series of conveniently located bus stops for you to hop on or hop off at allowing you to truly take your time in exploring the city.

The Hop on – Hop off pass is valid for 24 hours, and there are daily departures every 30 minutes from Harpa Concert Hall at 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00 & 16:30. The last arrival is at 17:30 at Harpa. The tour duration is approximately 60 minutes, but you can choose to spend as much time as you want at each stop.

What's included

Puffin Express

  • Guided boat tour
  • 100% Sightings
  • Binoculars provided on board!
  • We get you extra close!
  • 20 years of experience

Hop on-Hop off

  • Ticket valid for 24 hours
  • Free WiFi
  • Audio guide commentary in 8 languages (German, Italian, Swedish, Icelandic, French, Spanish, English & Japanese)

Tour details


2+ hours




Daily departures from 1st May - 20th August

Additional information

We recommend warm clothes, sensible shoes and sunscreen – and don’t forget your camera!

Please note that you will be asked to show a valid form of ID upon arrival for check-in at Special Tours.

Important information

Hop on-Hop off bus tour is operated by Reykjavík Excursions. Please note that the bus tour does not operate on the following dates:

• Sunday 17 June 2018, The Icelandic Independence Day celebrations
• Saturday 11 August 2018, Reykjavík Pride parade
• Saturday 18 August 2018, Reykjavík Marathon and Culture night

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