Ingólfshöfði Photo Tour
Special departure for serious photographers
Early June-early August
See Calendar below
How many in one tour?
Max 10 people at a time in the open departure
About 3 hours
(hay cart ride takes 30 min each way so about 2 hours minutes are spent on the cape)
Easy but still need to walk up a steep sand slope and then the shortest way to puffins
About 2 1/2 km in total
Bring Your Biggest Lens :-)
In all our trips to Ingólfshöfði we spend some time watching and photographing the birds. However, some people come with very advanced and heavy camera equipment and need more time to work with their gear. Therefore we offer special departures for photographers at 5:55 AM on most Friday mornings from mid June until early August.The maximum number of people on each trip is 10 persons. We concentrate on bird photography on this trip, so we don´t spend any time on history and normal sightseeing like on our Ingólfshöfði Puffin Tour.
To get to Ingólfshöfði we cross 6 km of waters, marshes and sands in a tractor-drawn hay cart. The drive takes about 30 minutes each way, so we spend about 2 hours hiking around the cape. The circle we hike around the nature reserve is about 2 1/2 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. We don't recommend that people participate in this trip unless they can do this hike.
Please note: in our trips to Ingólfshöfði we are careful not to disturb the birds for too long time, and to make sure that the birds can continue to tend to their chicks or eggs, we never spend long time close to their nests. It is easy to forget the time when you are making beautiful photographs, so we ask for good cooperation of every client we take to Ingólfshöfði Nature Reserve. The rule we use is that all the photographers stay in view of the guide the whole time, and when we ask the group to move from one side of the cape to the other, every one comes with us.
The best time for puffin photography tours is after the puffins start to bring fish home to their burrows. Chicks start to come out of egg in early June, and the puffin activity increases more and more until sometimes before mid August when the parents have the chick big enough to leave for the sea and therefore do not need to bring fish home anymore. Normally it takes the parents about 6 weeks to bring enough fish. The first puffins already lay the egg in late April and can therefore leave already in July (it also takes the puffins about 6 weeks to hatch the eggs before they need to start bring home fish for another 6 weeks to the chick. Fortunately the bigger number of puffins are nesting later, and the last of them leave Iceland for the winter on the sea around 20th of August
Ingólfshöfði Photo 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
If cancelled more than 2 weeks before departure there will be full refund.