Mon 08.Jun'20 06:45
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 6:45 in he morning in June/July/Agust 2-3 times a week. The maximum number of people on each trip is 10 persons. We concentrate on photography on this trip, so we don´t spend any time on history and normal sightseeing like on our Ingólfshöfði Tour.
To get to Ingólfshöfði we cross 6 km of waters, marshes and sands in a tractor-drawn hay cart. The drive takes about 25 minutes each way, so we spend about 1 1/2 hour hiking around the cape. The circle we hike around the nature reserve is 2-3 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 and we make many stops along the way. We don’t recommend that people participate in this trip unless they can do this hike.
A ride with the tractor pulled haycart to the cape, and guidance around the cape to the best photo locations.
What do I need to bring?
Long lens for your camera. Be careful that we will go in all kind of weather so be equipped for rain and wind just in case.
Duration about 3 hours
Please note: in all 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 member of the group. The rule we use is that all the photographers stay in view of our 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. In earlier part of the summer there are about 150 pairs of great skuas and several pairs of great black-backed gulls nesting on the cape, and they need to keep their eggs warm (or their small chicks) so it is not good to stay to long in one place if there are nests near by.
Minimum age of passengers is 13 years.
We are located in the heart of Vatnajökull Region, 350 km away from Reykjavík.
We are restoring an old building by the main road at Fagurhólsmýri that will be our meeting point for the ice cave tours We share this building with our daughter company Local Guide and they run their glacier walks and ice cave tours from there. A small café called Café Vatnajökull also operates in the same building.
The starting point for the Ingólfshöfði tour is only 5 min drive away, first 800 meters to the west on the main road, and then 2 km by a gravel road down to the Ingólfshöfði parking.
MEETING POINT FOR INGÓLFSHÖFÐI TOURS IN SUMMER:
Ingólfshöfði Check In Hut is just south of Ingólfshöfði parking lot 2 km south of the main road 1/2 hour drive east of Skaftafell and 1/2 hour drive west of Jökulsárlón ice lagoon. The road is between farms Hofsnes and Fagurhólsmýri and is marked “Ingólfshöfði 2 km”. There is also a big sign at the start of the road, with a picture of a puffin, and text sayin Puffin Tour.
GPS position where you turn off the main road is 63.879167 and -16.659000 (WGS84 Hd .d°)
Words from Einar, founder and manager of Öræfaferðir
My name is Einar Rúnar Sigurðsson and I manage the travel service FromCoastToMountains (In Icelandic the company is called “ÖRÆFAFERÐIR – frá fjöru til fjalla (Frá fjöru til fjalla means From Coast To Mountains).
We live on the farm Hofsnes in the county Öræfi, but Öræfi has been the residence of my family since the settlement of Iceland around the year 900 AD.
I’m proud of my great grandfather Páll Jónsson in Svínafell who in 1891 was the first person in the world to climb Iceland’s highest peak Hvannadalshnúkur, when he and Þorlákur Þorláksson, also from Svínafell in Öræfi, guided the British traveller Frederick W. Howell to the top. My great grandfather Páll went at least couple of times to the top of Hvannadalshnúkur after this, for example guiding the Danish soldiers that made maps of Iceland aorund 1904. I would say that this makes my great grandfather the first mountain guide in Iceland 🙂
It were also my relatives who were the first to climb to the main top crater in 1800 meters altituide of the volcano Oraefajokull as early as 1794 (guiding Sveinn Pálsson, and 1813 guiding Hans Frisak from Norway).
Of course I’m also very proud of my father. My father Sigurður Bjarnason started to do a bird watching and history trip to Ingólfshöfði in 1991, when he gave up sheep farming and found a new use for his hay cart. In the spring 1994 I started to guide people up to the top of Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnúkur. Now I have been 297 times on the top of Hvannadalshnúkur which is a world record.
Since 2000 when I married Matthildur Unnur (or Matta) she and me have been doing more and more of the trips to Ingólfshöfði, and at the same time my father has been retiring. He is born 1932 so he deserves to take it easy. I’m actually the oldest (in working years) mountain guide of the country. I’m born in 1968, but I started to offer mountain guiding in spring 1994 (wich makes my company the oldest mountain guiding company in the country 🙂
And of course I’m extra proud of our oldest son Aron Franklín (born 1991) how was helping me and Matta doing the trips for several years and his fiancée Helen María Björnsdóttir has also been doing the trips with us since fall 2013. Now Aron and Helen have founded a younger branch of the family company called Local Guide of Vatnajökull.
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Georgia_RGWonderful puffin tour!
We had a fantastic time on the Ingólfshöfði Puffin Tour. It was very exciting and unique experience to travel to the island via a tractor!
There is a short walk up the hill but if I could do it then it can’t have been too hard! Our guide was fantastic and worked hard to find us some puffins. He also pointed out a whale that was swimming below which was amazing!
Tawnee KUnbelievably awesome tour! We must have seen a thousand puffins!!
We drove on a huge tractor-pulled wagon out to an ‘island’ where there were thousands of puffins. It was calm, relaxed, and breathtaking. I can’t believe how close we were to these cute creatures.