INGÓLFSHÖFÐI PUFFIN TOUR
Led by a local guide | Natural unique | Ingólfshöfði | Hay cart trip | Birdwatching | Photo opportunities
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.