Boat Trips to Experience on a Reykjavik Holiday
Article by Vikki Beale
On a city break to Reykjavik you will discover that the mainland offers plenty to see and do in terms of visitor attractions. However, if you want to experience a different side to Reykjavik on your holiday then take a boat trip and explore the city from the water:
The Puffin Express is one of few animal spotting trips that can successfully boast a 100% success rate, but if you take this trip whilst on your city break to Reykjavik you are guaranteed to spot not one but hundreds of colourful sea puffins.
The boat leaves Reykjavik four times a day and journeys to the rocky Atlantic islands of Akurey and Lundey, which are well known for their vibrant birdlife. There are estimated to be around 10 million puffins in Iceland, making them the country’s most common bird.
Because of the rocky nature of Akurey and Lundey you will not be able to dock on these islands on your Reykjavik holiday, but the specially adapted vessel is built with bird watching in mind and as well as puffins you are likely to spot Arctic Terns, Black Guillemots and even the occasional seal.
If you haven’t fallen in love with the puffins on your day trip from Reykjavik, then you might be tempted by one of the local dishes. Although they are a protected species in the United Kingdom and North America, this protection doesn’t extend to Iceland, and you will find puffin heart eaten raw is the local delicacy.
Many people take holidays to Reykjavik in Iceland with whale watching in mind and who can blame them. Reykjavik is one of the best places in the world to spot whales and you are likely to spot a number of different species of whale on your Reykjavik holiday. From humpbacks and blue whales to sperm whales and orcas, over 20 different species of cetaceans can be spotted of the Icelandic coast where krill and plankton are plentiful.
If you want to take a whale watching trip whilst on your city break to Reykjavik then make your way to the harbour where you’ll find a number of different operators offering excursions boasting high success rates. Included in the cost of your whale watching experience is a ticket to the Whale Watching Centre, a floating exhibition centre located on Reykjavik harbour. This exciting centre provides visitors with fascinating facts about the mammals they are likely to spot on their boat trip and also boasts a souvenir shop, where you can stock up on toys of your favourite cetacean.
On your city break to Reykjavik why not do something completely different and try your hand at sea angling. Fish in Reykjavik harbour are plentiful and on a trip aboard the 44-foot pleasure boat ‘Gestur’ you can try your hand at catching cod, haddock, pollock and catfish. The luckier of you may even manage to catch an elusive halibut. The Gestur is fully stocked with a grill so after you’ve caught your fish you can try your hand at cooking it. The fully stocked bar on board will not only provide the perfect accompaniment to your fish supper but will also help in protecting you from the cold Icelandic elements on your Reykjavik holiday.
About the Author
Vikki Beale is a holiday expert for iceland2go, a specialist operator providing a selection of itineraries for the best city breaks to Reykjavik. We arrange luxury tailor-made holidays to Iceland, Reykjavik and Greenland, with sights including glaciers, geysers, fjords, and the Northern Lights.