Join this captivating experience with a hay cart ride and hike around Ingolfshofdi nature reserve. Nature-lovers, history buffs, and hikers will all enjoy this unique experience.
Cape Ingolfshofdi is an isolated headland, situated on the coast halfway between Skaftafell nature reserve in Vatnajokull National Park and Jokulsarlon ice lagoon. It is a small, isolated island in the North Atlantic Ocean which measures 246 feet (75 meters) high.
The cape has been a designated nature reserve since 1974. It is named after the first settler of Iceland, Ingolfur Arnarson, who is thought to have spent his first winter in Iceland here in 874 AD.
The only way to see the island is by an organized trip so it is a truly unique experience that feels undiscovered and ripe for exploring.
Your trip starts from the meeting place, Ingolfshofdi Check In Hut. From here you’ll hop in the back of a tractor-drawn hay cart to cross 4 miles (7 kilometers) of water, marsh, and sand at low tide. This is a unique experience and makes for a great start to the tour.
The drive takes around 25-35 minutes and then it’s time for your hike to begin. The circular hike around the nature reserve is around 2 miles (3.5 kilometers) long so you’ll need a moderate level of fitness.
Don’t forget to bring your camera with you as there will be plenty of opportunities to capture some of the spectacular scenery that Ingolfshofdi is known for on film.
It starts with a steep sand slope and rocky terrain before leveling out to flat grassland. There are plenty of stops along the way to admire wildlife, birdlife, and more in the natural landscape.
The last stop on your tour is a hike down to one of the beautiful black sand beaches that the area is famous for. Depending on the weather, you will check out either the west side or the east side of the cape for some spectacular views.
Ingolfshofdi is a nesting place for thousands of sea birds including puffins and great skuas and you may be lucky enough to see some of these during the tour.
Ingolfshofdi can sometimes be exposed to wind and rain, so be sure to bring lots of warm clothing and additional layers with you to keep you warm during the hike.
Don’t miss this captivating nature tour, discovering hidden parts and beautiful beaches of the isolated island of Ingolfshofdi. Check availability by checking a date.
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There is around 3.5km of hiking to do. At the beginning of the hike there is a steep slope and rocky terrain.
Due to the seasonality of puffin colonies, they may not always be there during the tour.