Cape Ingolfshofdi is an isolated headland on the coast half way between Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park and Jökulsárlón ice lagoon. This historical nature reserve is home of thousands of nesting seabirds, like puffins and great skuas. The cape is named after the first settler of Iceland, Ingolfur Arnarson, who spent his first winter in Iceland there in the year 874 AD.
To get to Ingólfshöfði we cross 6 km of waters, marshes and sands in a tractor-drawn hay cart. The drive takes about 25 minutes each way, so we spend about 1 1/2 hour hiking around the cape. The circle we hike around the nature reserve is 2-3 km long. In the beginning we need to walk up a steep sand slope, and then through rocky terrain, but then it gets more easy, mostly hiking on flat grass land and we make many stops along the way. We don't recommend that people participate in this trip unless they can do this hike.
- Tractor-drawn hay cart ride
- Guided walk
- Bird watching
- 99% chance to see puffins from mid May untill mid August
What to bring:
- Appropriete clothing (according to weather)
- Your camera (optional but reccommended)
- A big smile!
- Extra departures: 9:00 11:45 14:30
Meeting point for Ingólfshofði tour in the summer:
Ingólfshöfði Check In Hut is just south of Ingólfshöfði parking lot 2 km south of the main road 1/2 hour drive east of Skaftafell and 1/2 hour drive west of Jökulsárlón ice lagoon. The road is between farms Hofsnes and Fagurhólsmýri and is marked "Ingólfshöfði 2 km". There is also a big sign at the start of the road, with a picture of a puffin, and text sayin Puffin Tour.
GPS position where you turn off the main road is 63.879167 and -16.659000 (WGS84 Hd .d°)
Be careful to bring good outdoor clothing for this trip, the area is exposed to winds and rain, and sometimes sand storms. Perfect trip to try out your gore-tex outfit and gloves and hats, but on the other hand, sometimes it is possible to wear shorts and t-shirts on the trip. The Icelandic weather is included in the Ingólfshöfði Puffin Tour :-)
Of course children younger than 4 year old are welcome on the tour, but we don't recommend to book online with very young children, in case that the weather is challenging at the time of departure. We do sell the remaining tickets from 1 hour before depature at the Ingólfshöfði Check in Hut. You could also check the weather forecast or even call us couple of days ahead of the tour, and then book with infants if the weather looks fine.