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Ingolfshöfdi Nature Reserve

At A Glance


7500 isk adults, 2.500 isk age 6-16


10:30 & 13:30


13:30  May 1 - August 18  (Everyday except Sunday)
10:15  June 1 - August 18 (Everyday except Sunday)

Departs From: 

Ingólfshöfði check in hut, 2 km off of Road 1. Approximately 20 km east of Skaftafell and west of Jökulsárlon.


2.5 hrs

Ingólfshöfði Cape is an isolated headland on the coast halfway 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 cape is named after the first settler of Iceland, Ingolfur Arnarson, who spent his first winter in Iceland there in the year 874 AD.
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, but then it gets more easy, mostly hiking on flat grassland and we make many stops along the way. We do not recommend that people participate in this trip unless they can do this hike.
Be careful to bring good outdoor clothing for this trip, the area is exposed to wind and rain and sometimes sandstorms.
Meeting Point:
Ingólfshöfði Parking Check in Hut. The parking is 2 km south of the main road between farms Hofsnes and Fagurholsmyri. The road is marked Ingólfshöfði. GPS 63°52.750 N and 16°39.540 W
Please be on meeting point at least 15 minutes before departure.

Please Note: We work with another company to offer this trip and although this tour is not operated by Glacier Guides we offer it on our website because we feel that the company follows the same safety and quality standards that we ourselves find so important.



What to Bring

Bring good outdoor clothing for this trip, the South East coast of Iceland can be exposed to high winds and heavy rain

  • Waterproof Pants
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Small backpack to carry extra clothing layers