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 1991 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 6:45 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.
Ice Caving Tours
This winter we will focus on Ice Cave Tours Combo, because most of the easily accessible ice caves are really crowded this winter. Actually we have very remote and beautiful ice caves where really few people come each day, suited for serious photographers, Helicopter Ice Cave Tour. For adventure seekers the Sapphire Ice Cave Tour and for those that want to try or focus on ice climbing the Ice Climbing Tour that will be at the Sapphire Ice Cave also.
We are working on more expeditions here, like the 3 day Vatnajökull Expedition we were offering few years ago in Spring.
Right now the only trip in this category is the Ice Cave SleepOver but we are not with any departures open in the calendar right now due to conditions in ice caves. The remote ice cave we are normally using are not good right now, and it is a little annoying staying in ice caves closer to the parking because it is so crowded. But stay tuned in the new year...
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 a two day Ice Climbing Course, should be available soon, but right now you can book the Ice Climbing Tour
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