INGÓLFSHÖFÐI PHOTO TOUR
Led by a local guide | Natural unique | Ingólfshöfði | Special departure | Birdwatching | Photo opportunities
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 the 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 grassland and we make many stops along the way. We don’t recommend that people participate in this trip unless they can do this hike.
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 a long time close to their nests. It is easy to forget the time when you are making beautiful photographs, so we ask for the 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, everyone comes with us.
In the 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 too long in one place if there are nests nearby. 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 🙂
Mid-June – Early August
Easy – But hiking 2 km involved, the first part is a steep sand slope
Ingólfshöfði Check in hut, 2 cm south of the main road
What to bring:
Be careful to bring good outdoor clothing for this trip, the area is exposed to winds and rain, and sometimes sandstorms. But on the other hand, sometimes it is possible to wear shorts and t-shirts on the trip. The Icelandic weather is included 🙂
Guided tour with a local on Ingólfshöfði
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