Ingólfshöfði cape is an isolated island between the black sands of the south coast of Iceland and the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s located between Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón.
Its isolation makes it a perfect residence for thousands of nesting seabirds. In Ingólfshöfði there are a lot of birds, common murre, razorbill, puffins and fulmar. In addition, many other bird species breed in Ingólfshöfði. There is a great view from Ingólfshöfði. It is not passable with a car and this is very hazardous way because of wet sand, except for the people that know the way by hand.
This historical cape is 76 meters high and is named after the first settler of Iceland, Ingólfur Arnarsson, who spent his first winter there with his family after moving to Iceland, 874-875 A.D.
It is a local family that runs the company that offers tours to Ingólfshöfði to see the beautiful black sand beach and the bird life. In spring and summer, this beautiful, isolated nature reserve is overrun with nesting puffins, skuas and other seabirds, and you may see whales offshore.
Ingólfshöfði is only accessible by booking a tour with a guide. Book here.
The drive from the meeting point to Ingólfshöfði is 6km over waters, marshes and sands in a tractor-drawn hay cart. It takes about 25 minutes each way, and about 1 ½ hour hiking around the cape. The hike around the nature reserve is 2-3 km long. It starts with a hike up a steep sand slope, and then through rocky terrain, but then it gets easier, mostly hiking on flat grass land and with many stops along the way. We don’t recommend that people participate in this trip unless they can do this hike.
Bring good outdoor clothing for this trip, the area is exposed to winds and rain, and sometimes sand storms. But on the other hand, sometimes it is possible to wear shorts and t-shirts on the trip. Protective clothes is not provided, so if you book in advance make sure to be equipped for any kind of weather, since the tour will not be canceled unless there are very strong winds. Rain and some wind is fine, and the puffins like that kind of weather anyway. Don’t hesitate to bring camera gear, binoculars or spotting scope. But be careful if the dry wind is blowing sand or volcanic ash, to keep the equipment in your bag on the way to the cape. You should be able get some great photos of the bird life and the black sand in Ingólfshöfði