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 farmer in Hofsnes started to offer the hay cart trips to Ingólfshöfði in 1990 so this is one of the oldest tour of southeast Iceland and is still conducted by person from nearby farm using tractor and hay cart to transport visitors across the waters and sands to get to the remote cape.
Through the years we have been calling this tour Bird Watching and History Trip, and Nature Experience Trip, and all that is still true, but we have noted that lot of people mainly come with the puffin spotting in mind so we call the trip now Ingólfshöfði Puffin Tour. But many of our guest have told us after the trip that the trip is much more than just spotting puffins, so probably Nature Experience Trip would describe the trip best.
Ingólfshöfði Photo Tour
From early June until mid August we offer special photography departures at 5:55 in the morning, 1-3 times a week, for max 12 people at a time, to photograph the puffins in Ingólfshöfði. This trip is mainly suited for serious photographers that have long lenses and want to focus the whole trip on photography in a small party. Of course everybody can also photograph in the normal Ingólfshöfði Puffin Tour, but we will spend time on story telling and explanations and not stay as long at the bird cliffs. And while we take up to 30-40 clients on the normal departure, it is easier to focus on photography in a group of max 12. Don't hesitate to contact us if you don't see a suitable departure while you are planning your days here, because we can often move departures to another day of the week if we know it in advance. But the same goes, if we don't have anyone booked in advance some departures might be removed since we are busy on some other trips that day.
From late March until late May Einar Runar Sigurdsson, Iceland's oldest mountain guide (in working years, Einar is born 1968), offers guidance for ski mountaineering people to the top of Iceland's highest mountain, Hvannadalshnúkur. You bringing your own ski equipment is highly recommended, but renting gear in Reykjavík is a possibility.
We also offer shorter tours to mountains from 700-1300 meters altitude in southeast Iceland. See the Snow Tour for more info.
Ice Caving Tours
ÖRÆFAFERÐIR - From Coast To Mountains was the first company in Iceland to offer daily ice cave tours in winter around 2006 and our first organized ice cave tours date back to 1996. We still offer ice cave tours, but only for small groups and individuals. Since there are now 30 companies offering tours to the same ice caves with large groups if needed, we concentrate on our Ice Cave Sleepover Tour and the Helicopter Ice Cave Tour.
Southeast Iceland is a great place to pick up the skills of ice climbing. In winter we would climb in frozen waterfalls when possible, but if not cold enough, we can always climb in glaciers of Vatnajökull, and in some cases in the ice caves in the glaciers. We are working on those tours, but we offer them this winter from October to March.