Ingólfshöfði Black Beach Tour
Nature Experience Trip
hay cart ride
Visit to a black sand beach
Late August until early October and April until early May
check the booking calendar for available days
Ingólfshöfði Check in Hut 2 km south of main road
Nature Experience Trip to Ingólfshöfði out of bird season
Cape Ingolfshofdi is an isolated headland on the coast half way between Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park and Jökulsárlón ice lagoon. The cape that is a nature reserve is since 1974 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 - 30 minutes each way, so we spend about 2 hours hiking around the cape. The circle we hike around the nature reserve is 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 grass land and we make many stops along the way. In the end of the trip we hike down th the beach, either on the west side or the east side of the cape depending on the weather.
In summer Ingólfshöfði is home to thousands of nesting sea birds, like puffin and great skuas, but in late August they are leaving, and in April they are arriving so we can not be sure to see birds. Of course we will watch birds if they are there, for example in April if we are lucky with the arriving puffins being outside the burrows, but then goal of the trip is to do more hiking and exploring, rather than the summer time puffin tour.
Please note that due to the covid19 coronavirus situation in the world we will not offer this trip now in spring 2020.
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