Want to see puffins in Iceland? Well, we have the guide for you, and we’ll share with you all the best spots to see puffins in Iceland. Puffins can be found in all areas of Iceland, you just need to know where to look.
The Atlantic puffin has become an emblematic animal of Iceland, and many visitors want to see this cute black-and-white little bird with its bright orange beak and webbed feet. Luckily, Iceland is one of the best places to see puffins as it is home to the largest colony of puffins in the world, and over half of the world’s population nest here each year.
Although numbers have been sadly declining in recent years, it is estimated that over 5 million Atlantic puffins nest in Iceland each year during the spring and summer months. However, even though there are millions of these little birds in Iceland, they are not always the easiest to find.
On our last trip, we were determined to see and learn about these adorable birds and do some research to find the best places to see puffins. We were in Iceland for over 3 weeks and saw hundreds and hundreds of puffins at over 10 different places in Iceland!
We’ll share with you all the best places to find puffins in Iceland. We’ll tell you about 14 of the best spots, and for each one, share with you where it is, how to get there, and what to expect. We’ll also share what tours you can take to see puffins, advice on seeing puffins in a responsible manner, and tips on getting good photos of puffins.
When can I see puffins in Iceland?
Puffins typically begin to arrive in Iceland in April and leave by September. So the best time to see them is between May and August, which is the main puffin season in Iceland.
So the months of May, June, July, and August are best. Most puffins leave Iceland by mid to late August.
an I take a tour to see puffins in Iceland?
Yes, there are many tours designed to help you spot puffins in Iceland. Some are land based tours and some are boat tours. You can join a group tour or hire a private guide. If you do not have a car, joining a tour is the easiest way to get to puffin viewing sites in Iceland.
Puffin Watching Day Tours in Iceland
Taking a day tour or excursion to see puffins is a good way to see them. While you can see puffins in some areas on your own, some puffin colonies can only be seen from a boat or during a guided visit.
If you are also interested in seeing whales and other sea creatures, I’d consider doing one of the longer whale and puffin tours (Reykjavík and Húsavík are two good spots).
Below are a number of options to see puffins and we also list even more tour options under each of the spots for spotting puffins later in the article. But if you are looking for a tour that goes to a particular area, feel free to ask us!