Ingólfshöfði Puffin Tour

Nature Experience Trip to Ingólfshöfði

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What You Get

  • Tractor-drawn Hey Cart Ride Across Waters and Sands
  • Guided 2-3 km Walk Around the Nature Reserve
  • Explanations About the History of Ingólfshöfði
  • Explanations About the Birds of Ingólfshöfði
  • Sightseeing and Bird Watching with emphasis on Puffins
  • Opportunities to Photograph Puffins and Great Skuas

Duration: 2 1/2 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Season:  May 15th – August 18th
Departure times: 10:15 and 13:30 (June 1st – August 18th)
Meeting place: Ingólfshöfði Check In Hut

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The Tours to Ingólfshöfði have been conducted by the family in Hofsnes since 1991 when the farmer Sigurður Bjarnason had given up traditional sheep farming and had time to try new ways to make a living on his farm. His son Einar Rúnar Sigurðsson started to help his father soon, and then Einar’s wife, Matthildur Þorsteinsdóttir, and their oldest son Aron Franklín. Today the trip is normally done by Einar or Matthildur (Matta) or by one of their neighbors from the surrounding farms. The summer 2016 Guðný Diljá Helgadóttir from farm Fagurhólsmýri, and Svanhvít Jóhannsdóttir from farm Svínafell are doing the trips also 🙂

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, 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.
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 Nature Experience Trip to Ingólfshöfði 🙂
If you are traveling with infants we would recommend not to book with too much notice, just book when you see the weather is OK or simply come to our check in hut and buy the tickets on the last moment.

Meeting point for Ingólfshöfði Tours:
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”
GPS position where you turn off the main road is 63.879167 – 16.659000 (WGS84 Hd .d°)


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Direct email to ask about the Ingólfshöfði Puffin Tour is

GSM +354 8940894

Price 7.250 isk

Kids 6-16 years 1.500 is

Children 0-5 years Free
Duration 2 - 2 1/2 hours

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Meeting Point

Ingólfshöfði Check in Hut (just south of the parking for Ingólfshöfði). The parking is 2 km south of main road between farms Hofsnes and Fagurhólsmýri. The road is marked Ingólfshöfði. GPS position where you turn off the main road is 63.879167 16.659000 (WGS84 Hd .d°)

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  • Note. We close online bookings 90 minutes before departure but remaining tickets are sold at Ingólfshöfði Check In Hut after that
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