INGÓLFSHÖFÐI PUFFIN TOUR

Hay cart trips to Ingólfshöfði Nature Reserve

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Led by a local guide | Natural unique | Ingólfshöfði | Hay cart trip | Birdwatching | Photo opportunities

Ingolfshofdi puffin tour

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Cape Ingolfshofdi is an isolated headland on the coast halfway between Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park and Jökulsárlón ice lagoon. This historical nature reserve is a home to 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 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.

Availability:

May 20th – August 20th

Level:

Easy – But hiking 2 -3 km involved, the first part is a steep sand slope

Duration:

2.5 hours – Hay cart ride takes 25-30 min each way

Meeting point:

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 🙂

Included:

Guided tour with a local on Ingólfshöfði
Hay cart trip

Group Max Size:

20 people

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