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The Puffin-express - Puffins in Reykjavík.
The largest puffin colony in the world is in Iceland, in a volcanic island just off the south-shore of Iceland, Vestmannaeyjar or "Westman islands".
But you don't have to go far to see puffins in Iceland, just pop down to the Reykjavík Old Harbour and hop on the Puffin express, which takes you for an hour-ride in the Reykjavík bay to the nearby islands, Akurey and Lundey (lundi is the icelandic name for the puffins), where the puffins nest.
The boat-ride takes 15 minutes and the stop is half an hour very close to the islands, so you can have a look at the birds swimming in the sea and flying over your head. It is a great experience which I recommend especially on a sunny day.
There are ca 15.000 pairs in Akurey and ca 10.000 pairs in Lundey so you are guaranteed to see some birds :) All in all there are 10 million puffins in Iceland, making it the most common bird here.
The Puffin express leaves 3 times a day at 10:30, 14:30 and 16:30 from May 15th to August 20th, but private tours are available. The price is 20 Euros for adults.
Whale and puffins watching
If in your travel plans you also have to go the the South and the North of Iceland, avoid wasting time and money in whale and puffins watching tours in Reykjavik.
Even if you com back happy because you've seen one hundred puffins flying away from you as the boat approaches and the back of whale quite far away from you, please note that the best place for puffins watching is the South of Iceland where thousands of them nest every year, mainly on the Vaestmann islands. If you want to have good pictures of them you have to approach them from land and not from sea. Puffins fly away when they notice a boat approaching but they're curious and if you approach them quietly and you're lucky enough, you can get few meters from them, enough for a close-up shot.
For whale watching the place is Husavik, no doubt!
See the Puffin
If you are short on time, you can take a quick trip from downtown Reykjavik out to a small island off the coast where the puffin nest. There are literally thousands of them.
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