Ingólfshöfði Photo Tour

Ingólfshöfði Photo Tour

An Incredible Puffin tour in an amazing environment

Highlights: Cart Trip • Bird Life • Adventure • Icelandic Wilde Life

Activities: Bird Watching, Sightseeing Tours in Iceland
  • Available: Jun-Aug
  • Duration: 2-4 hrs
  • Region: South Iceland
  • Level of difficulty: Low
Price per person:
22500 ISK

In all our trips to Ingólfshöfði we spend some time watching and photographing the birds. However, some people come with very advanced and heavy camera equipment and need more time to work with their gear. Therefore we offer special departures for photographers at 6:45 in he morning in June/July/Agust 1-2 times a week. The maximum number of people on each trip is 10 persons. We concentrate on bird photography on this trip, so we don´t spend any time on history and normal sightseeing like on our Ingólfshöfði Tour.

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.


  • Focused on photography only
  • 99% chances to photograph puffins
  • 100% chance to photograph of great skula
  • 2 hours on the cape

What to Bring:

  • Your camera!
  • Appropriate clothing (according to weather)
  • A big smile!

Departure time:

6:45 am, once or twice a week.

See our calandar below.

Meeting point for Ingólfshofði tours 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°)

Please note: in our trips to Ingólfshöfði we are careful not to disturb the birds for too long time, and to make sure that the birds can continue to tend to their chicks or eggs, we never spend long time close to their nests. It is easy to forget the time when you are making beautiful photographs, so we ask for good cooperation of every client we take to Ingólfshöfði Nature Reserve. The rule we use is that all the photographers stay in view of the guide the whole time, and when we ask the group to move from one side of the cape to the other, every one comes with us.

In earlier part of the summer there are about 150 pairs of great skuas nesting on the cape and they need to keep their eggs warm (or their small chicks) so it is not good to stay to long in one place if there are nests near by. Later in summer the puffins are busy bringing fish to the burrow, and we suggest that you don't photograph the same puffin standing in front of you with fish in its beak for too long, after a while you better back away and allow the bird to enter its burrow, where the chick is waiting for its breakfast :-)

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