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Saeheimar Aquarium

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Upclose with Puffins

This aquarium is not the usual aquarium but realy a collections of anumal living in Iceland. This... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Gatineau, Canada
Seeing a live puffin was on my bucket list. I got to meet one at the aquarium.

We travelled to Iceland outside of puffin season, so we made a special trip to the island to go to... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Toronto, Canada
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The “Aquarium and Natural History Museum of Vestmannaeyjar” was opened in 1964 and is the oldest museum of its kind in the country. The museum was run by the town of Vestmannaeyjar until January 2010 when the Research Center of Vestmannaeyjar took...more
Heidarvegi 12, Vestmannaeyjar 900, Iceland
+354 481 1997
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This aquarium is not the usual aquarium but realy a collections of anumal living in Iceland. This place gives shelder to endager Puffin when they are very young.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We travelled to Iceland outside of puffin season, so we made a special trip to the island to go to the aquarium and meet the rescued puffin they have there. She was beautiful. She was brought out to sit on a little table so we...More

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Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

We came overnight hoping to see puffins. Toti has passed away but we did get to see another puffin rescue. We also saw people bring in pufflings in a box they found outside. Worth a visit.

Thank loribob67
Reviewed 27 September 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the aquarium which was included as part of our island tour. We recommend doing both.

Thank lbsb
Reviewed 23 September 2018

The main reason to go to this aquarium is to meet a puffin (or two). We were fortunate enough to meet a grown puffin and a puffling (a year old). We were not allowed to touch either of them because that would affect their waterproofing,...More

Thank RavenShade
Reviewed 22 September 2018

We finished our amazing Eyjatours exploration of this port with a visit to this aquarium. Our guide Ebbi led us directly up two flights of stairs to the room which housed their collection of (taxidermy) indigenous animals and birds. Entering the room, right there on...More

Thank Gus H
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

Very informative, the people were also very friendly. Their little mascot puffin has recently passed, so we didn’t get to see him, but they had another resident puffin they brought out to visit. The lady mentioned that they’re hoping to build a newer, bigger location...More

Thank Maggie C
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

Friendly little museum with taxidermy and live fish/crustaceans in small sized tanks. We were pleasantly welcomed by the staff who took their time to introduce to their resident puffin Thor and walk us through some of the exhibits and their endeavour to rescue pufflings across...More

Thank Wisdom_of_Baba
Reviewed 18 September 2018

The variety of sea and air wild life in the museum is well presented and incredibly varied. I guarantee that you will see things from the area that you have never seen before, And then there are the live puffins, up close and personal. We...More

Thank s1jag
Reviewed 17 September 2018

After being up north where all the puffins had already left we were starting to think we wouldn't get to see any puffins in their nature environment but a visit to the Saeheimar Aquarium meant we were able to talk to the locals and were...More

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3 June 2018|
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Response from Wander677990 | Reviewed this property |
We got very close to the puffin, they brought it right out with us. We touched it and so did others (I'm not talking like aggressively patting a dog, just a brush with the finger). The puffin survived and will be just fine... More
Mary F
2 February 2018|
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Response from marekw | Reviewed this property |
Best to overnight somewhere on the South Coast and do a day trip to the Westmann Islands. It really is worth a visit and a full day. If you really want to push it Google Maps says the ferry terminal is 139km from Reykjavik... More
Mary F
28 December 2017|
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Response from Am1121 | Reviewed this property |
You can play with him! But not hold or pet him.