Puffins, Elves & more

Iceland Puffins - arctic shore excursions


• Puffins and other sea birds at the Hafnarholmi islet
• Alfaborg, the home of the elf queen
• The pretty Lindarbakki red turf roofed house
• The steamy Gufufoss waterfall
• Views of the mystical Lake Lagarfljot

6 hours



More about the Tour

We start the tour by driving over the mountain pass to Egilsstadir. A winding road surrounded by steep mountains, this route was used as one of the filming locations for the Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

The brief stop at Gufufoss waterfall allows for beautiful views over Seydisfjordur. Translated as steam waterfall, Gufufoss resembles the famous Skogafoss waterfall on the South Coast, but with far fewer crowds.

Egilsstadir, the capital of the Eastfjords, is set on the banks of the Lake Lagarfljot. Iceland’s third largest lake, it is rumoured to be home to a lake monster, the Lagarfljotsormur (or lake worm).
The road from Seydisfjordur offers some of the best views of the lake and the Fljotsdalur valley.

We continue north crossing another mountain pass to Borgarfjordur Eystri, best known as the home of elves and puffins. The views from the winding road between the mountains and amidst steep cliffs are spectacular.

At the end of the road ahead of the town are a picturesque little harbour and the Hafnarholmi hill. Well sheltered from the ocean, the islet is one of the best places for viewing puffins in Iceland.
A staircase, viewing platform and wooden walkways make it easy to get closer to birds whilst remaining safe.
Apart from puffins, there are various other seabirds including kittiwakes, fulmars and eiders.

Home to 100 people, the beautiful village of Bakkagerdi is one of the smallest in Iceland but there is plenty to choose from – history, folklore, a short hike or a taste of local cuisine.

It is possible to visit the red painted Lindarbakki turf roofed house, one of the few remaining inhabited turf houses in Iceland and an important landmark of the village.
If you’re interested, you will have time to take the easy hike up the Alfaborg. The hill is believed be the home of the Elf Queen and she enjoys panoramic views over the town and fjord.
The rustic Alfa Cafe is an interesting place to taste some local specialities like their waffles and fish soup.

Time permitting; we can drive around the town of Seydisfjordur before you need to get back to your ship. Just outside of town are the Tvisongur song sculptures where you can experiment with sounds and unleash your inner singer.

The Borgarfjordur Eystri area is well known for hiking trails. If you would like something more active, it is possible to include some hiking as part of a private tour.
A great option is the stunning Innra-Hvannagil gorge, unique due to its rhyolite colours.

This is a private tour. We also offer a group tour Puffins & Elves.

*Please note that private tour bookings are classed as requests until availability can be confirmed by our staff. Prices shown are flexible and you may be offered different prices, subject to availability.

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Why Book with Us

• Pickup and dropoff from the port
• 100% refund if your ship cancels its visit
• Small group tour with a local guide

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