An adventure that is ideal for nature and wildlife lovers – sailing from Stykkisholmur to the islands in Breidafjordur in search of the multitude of adorable puffins that nest there during the summer.
Duration: 1 - 1.5 Hours
Departure time: 09:00 AM
Group maximum: 12
Age limit: No Age Limit
Children (10-16): 4 500
Join us on a traditional Icelandic fishing vessel – allowing us to get much closer to the cute birds than larger vessels. That combined with the chance to see a plethora of other amazing species, including seals, other seabirds and many, many more, makes it perfect for anyone who wants to see the many incredible animals that call Iceland home.
The day begins when we all meet up at the harbor in Stykkishólmur and make the scenic journey to Breiðafjörður, whose islands are used by nesting puffins during the summer. We use a traditional Icelandic fishing boat, which offers you the chance to experience some traditional Icelandic culture and is also much better at getting in close to the adorable puffins. While we are sailing to the fjord you are likely to see other marine species like seals and your friendly captain will be delighted to tell you all about them.
Once we arrive at Breiðafjörður, you are in for a treat – thousands of cute Atlantic puffins nesting in the craggy cliffs of the island. Our captain will try and get you as close as possible to these amazing birds, allowing you to see one of the world’s most popular animals in all of its glory. That combined with the dramatic cliffs themselves, the mountains rising in the distance and the deep blue waters of the fjord all ensure that it will provide memories that you are bound to treasure for a long time. If you are a wildlife lover, then this is the perfect tour for you!
The Icelandic Puffin
Every summer, around 8-10 million puffins come to Iceland to nest and raise their hatchlings, meaning that Iceland is responsible for around 60% of the world’s Atlantic Puffin population. Surprisingly, puffins are only colorful during the summer months and they become much greyer, when they spend the winter out at sea. Puffins are also one of the few species that are monogamous and mate for life – meeting up every summer to raise young, before spending the rest of the year alone at sea. Puffins generally live for between 20 and 25 years although one puffin managed to make it to the ripe old age of 38. In Iceland, the word for puffin is ‘Lundi’, although we prefer to call them by their nickname “prófastur”, which translates to ‘preacher’.