Ingólfshöfði Black Coast Tour
Nature Experience Trip
hay cart ride
Visit to a black sand beach
Puffin watching if they are there
around 3 hours
Hay cart ride takes 25-35 min each way
2 hour guided walk at Ingólfshöfði nature reserve
Medium. About 3-3.5 km of hiking, the first part up a steep sand slope
Late August until early October and mid April until mid May
check the booking calendar for available days. Most often 9:00 but sometimes 14:45
Ingólfshöfði Check in Hut 2 km south of main road
Nature Experience Trip
to Ingólfshöfði out of bird season in fall and in early bird season in spring
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 7 km of waters, marshes and sands in a tractor-drawn hay cart. The drive takes about 25 - 35 minutes each way, so we spend about 2 - 2.5 hours hiking around the cape. The circle we hike around the nature reserve is 3.5 km long. In the beginning, we need to walk up a steep sand slope, and then through rocky terrain, but then it gets easier, mostly hiking on flat grassland and we make many stops along the way. At the end of the trip, we hike down to 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 puffins 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 the goal of the trip is to do more hiking and exploring, rather than the summertime puffin tour.
We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before the event
We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 3 days or less before the event
We will charge a cancellation fee of 10% if booking is cancelled 14 days or less before the event