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Whale watching and puffin tour

HI
Trying to figure out if the Whale and puffin tour in Reykjavik in June is worth it. Do you get up close to Puffins? In the middle of the day, the Puffins are out to sea, so do you really see them?
If not, looking for a short tour in Reykjavik for the afternoon. Has anyone done the Folklore tour? Worth it?
Thanks!

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Have done many out of Alaska and they are amazing!
Not sure this will be worth the time

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June might be early. I think July is supposed to be when more are on land and nesting.

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Hope this information is helpful, even though I’ve not been on a “Whale and Puffin” tour. In Ireland in June a few years ago, a tour out to an island off the western coast involved tons of puffins. It was nesting season, so while some birds were flying out and gathering fish for their young, there was still a huge number flying a short distance and staying on the island, also walking and sitting on the ground, and ducking into nest holes in the ground. What was flying around were mostly gannets, large birds. The puffins are actually small, so being on foot on a trail allowed getting close enough to observe them. Would your tour be by boat, and does it get close enough to shore that puffin colonies will be visible?

Our Iceland trip was in April, also a few years ago. April is not puffin season, so that wasn’t an option. We did a whale watching tour with Elding (the original company to offer them), right from the Reykjavik harbor, and that was certainly worthwhile.

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Great question you are asking. It is a boat tour, not getting off on the island but supposedly get close
Thanks

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My experience was off Newfoundland, Canada.
We went to one of the top puffin nesting areas, and the boat went as close as allowed. Lots of puffins, and other seabirds, but difficult to really see with the naked eye. I did get a good look at a few that flew directly over the boat, and enjoyed the excursion, but the reality is that binoculars might be needed.

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Go where you can be up close with puffins on land. Well, as close as is safe and prudent. When we were in Scotland we sat on the ground and they walked right up to us. I've got some great pictures!

Are you going to be any other place than Reykjavik?

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Hi
Yes, we will be doing a few day trips in June and then in August taking a campervan around the ring road. I have heard on the East Fjords is a great place to see the Puffins but I am not sure if we will be too late in August.

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I've heard that you can see puffins in late August, early September. Maybe you could do a little Googling to see where the popular viewing sites are.