Heimaey Island

Puffin and Volcano Tour in Vestmannaeyjar

Vestmannaeyjabær, Iceland

From $88.11

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore the Westman Islands of Iceland and discover history, culture, and adorable wildlife on this shared tour. Settle into your seat on a minibus and ride over to Herjólfsdalur and Kaplagjóta to visit a small puffin colony. Walk down into the center of the Eldfell crater where the volcano once erupted. See another puffin colony in Stórhöfði then receive admission to Herjólfstown for an exclusive look at the first viking settlement.
  • Get exclusive access to Herjolfsdalur's Herjólfstown on this tour
  • See a variety of puffin colonies throughout the islands
  • Snap photos at Elephant Rock and watch your guide play Sprangan
  • Sail to Herjólfsdalur and Kaplagjóta to view wildlife

What's Included

  • Admission to Herjólfstown, the first viking family that settled in Vestmannaeyjar
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Operator does not offer pick-up/transfer service
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Eyjatours - Puffin Tours in Iceland
    Básaskersbryggja, 900 Vestmannaeyjabær, Iceland

    You need to take a ferry to get to Vestmannaeyjar. We are just 1.minute away from the ferry terminal in Vestmannaeyjar. You need to check in at least 15.minutes before departure time. You will find us in a small black and blue house with Puffin signs above.

End point

  • Bárustígur
    Bárustígur, 900 Vestmannaeyjabær, Iceland

    In the centre of the town. Only 5.minutes walk from the start point.

What To Expect


15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A minimum of 4 people per booking is required
  • Departure point is at the harbour in Vestmannaeyjar
  • Operator does not offer pick-up/transfer service
  • Please check in at least 15.minutes before departure time
  • Please consider that all trips are depending on weather conditions and there is no guarantee that puffins will be seen..
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • This tour is not suitable for children under 3 years old.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not recommended for traveler's who have difficulty walking
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Great experience brought by adventurous tour guide Eppi
Phoebe_K, Sep 2022
Eppi brings you to the world of Icelandic islander vibe right away as the tour begins! Entertaining and educational! He knows where to find puffins and the coolest rock on the island. His adventurous energy is contagious! Everyone on the tour followers him through grass and steep hills in high wind to get closer to puffins. He’s passionate about the island education, through his work and investment in local foundation/museum to tell the story of their heritage. A bit of a downside that tourists without rental car need to watch out for is that the tour doesn’t include transportation. So you need to find your way to the ferry stop and get to the island. The bus is not that frequent to the main city.
This Tour Rocks!
peggy_h, Aug 2022
Our guide / the owner was amazing! His story telling, his experience, his history, his recommendations, his true love and care not only for the island but all its inhabitants was truly inspiring!
Puffins and more!
Michael_D, Aug 2022
Ebbi was one of the best guides I’ve had in a long time. He had great delivery, a sharp sense of humor and obviously loves the island. Highly recommended.
Awesome trip! Well organized
Glenn_J, Aug 2022
Our guide Ebbi was fabulous! A local guy, very proud of and engaged in the island. Very knowledgeable and entertaining. Brought the story to life. If you’re determined to see puffins, learn about their annual cycle or you will be disappointed. My photographer friend came to Westman Islands in June and saw 2 puffins. We hit the jackpot, in mid August we saw thousands of puffins
Loved seeing the puffins
Donna_M, Aug 2022
Loved seeing the Puffins up close. Our guide was helpful in showing us the best place to see and take pics of this beautiful animals. The weather didn't cooperate so we couldn't see the volcanos. However, our guide did drive us around the area so we could see a good majority of the island.
Excellent way to make a day trip worthwhile!!
Tracy_R, Jul 2022
Our guide was so gracious and really gave me a sense of what keeps the locals on island. his community project at the caldera is inspiring! There was lots of hop on and hop off which we liked and this tour made our day trip totally memorable. I highly recommend this tour.
The best tour around!
Jason_D, Jul 2022
What an amazing tour! The whole thing was fantastic, as was our guide. If anything I'd have liked it to have been maybe a bit longer so I could take more photos at certain spots, but I really can't complain as I got to see so many wonderful things. One of our highlights visiting Iceland!
Lots to Discover
Adam_M, Jun 2022
A wonderful tour. We went really only excited to see Puffins but discovered so much more to love about these truly unique islands. The thousand years of history blew us away, as did the intriguing traditions of the locals today. It was super rainy so visibility was at times challenging, but there was still a great deal to see and learn. The guide Ebbi was terrific and characterful. We would highly recommend. Be sure to give yourself time to wander the island a bit afterwards!
Great tour - saw and learned a lot, great guide; Heimaey Island is beautiful
runnergirllk, Jun 2021
Really nice Heimaey Island tour. This was our 4th trip to Iceland, and visiting Heimaey was always on our list. Our guide/driver Einar was great -- he had a sense of humor, answered our questions, and gave us a lot of information. It was humbling and amazing to be at Ground Zero of Eldfell volcano that exploded in 1973, especially with already knowing the story, having seen documentaries and then hearing more about it "up close and personal" from Einar. The visit to the Sea Life Trust was great -- we got to interact with a rescue puffin. We saw the Beluga whales Little Gray and Little White who are being educated on how to survive in a natural habitat -- they were to be released into a protected nearby cove in a few weeks. There were only 5 of us on the tour with Einar, and that really helped make the tour more personal. Heimaey Island is beautiful - we are so glad we finally got there!
Great Tour
Heather M, Jul 2019
Tour guide was very interesting. We saw puffins and even got a picture with one on our shoulder. We also went to the volcano. Lastly, we saw orcas.
Puffin kingdom - Vestmannaeyjar
jmiguelito, Aug 2018
Excellent way to learn about this beatiful island and its history, also about the little puffins. The guide, born and raised here did a great job, his loved for his native land and its history was real. The entire family had a great time spending time with the puffins during the tour and later after 9pm. Thanks
Our guide Eppi was great! He took...
GaryP_B, Jul 2016
Our guide Eppi was great! He took us all over the island where we saw puffins up close, saw where the 1973 volcano erupted, and he did an abbreviated demonstration of spranga.
This tour was a wonderful...
Eden_D, Jul 2016
This tour was a wonderful introduction to the Westman Islands. Our group was a nice, smaller size. The pace of each stop and the spacing between them was good - we never felt rushed and there was just the right amount of time back on the bus to look out at the scenery and relax. Our tour guide was named Einar Birgir. He was very knowledgeable about the island and we enjoyed his commentary. I took this tour with my two teenagers and my younger child. The length of the tour was just right to keep us all interested and happy. The highlight was when the guide let Tóta the puffin stand on my 6-year-old's head!
Did not go as trip was...
PaulaSue_R, Jul 2016
Did not go as trip was misrepresented on website. Location was not feasible very disappointed in viator
The tour was good. The guide was...
Kathleen_F, Jul 2016
The tour was good. The guide was very knowledgable and had lots to share. Definitely recommend if you are just hopping over to the island for just a few short hours. The puffin was adorable!!!!
Excellent tour! Our guide was very...
Carrie K, Jun 2016
Excellent tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable. I would say this is a must do for anyone visiting Heimaey for the first time.