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South Iceland Puffin Tour – Ingólfshöfði

Visit the nature reserve Cape Ingólfshöfði – a 76 meters high rock formation full of nesting birds during summer. During this Iceland puffin tour, you have the chance to see the most famous bird of Iceland – the Atlantic Puffin.

Cape Ingólfshöfði is an isolated headland between Skaftafell and the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and in summer it is home to thousands of nesting seabirds, like puffins and great skuas. The cape is named after the first settler of Iceland Ingólfur Arnarson. He spent his first winter in Iceland on this cape.

You will reach this isolated place in a tractor-drawn hay cart. The drive takes about 25 minutes each way and you have to cross waters, marshes, and sands.

You spend 1 ½ hour around the cape and included in the tour is a 2-3 kilometer guided hike. Birds that can be seen include puffins, guillemots, fulmars, razorbills and skuas among others. Good outdoor clothing is required for this tour.

We want to note that there is no age limit for this tour. But know that you will need to be able to carry the child with you for about 2-3 km or the child should be able to walk by itself.

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Meeting point: Ingólfshöfði check-in hut – 2 km south of the main road between Skaftafell and the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

Tour Code

Tour Code




May – Aug



2,5 Hours



South Iceland




Age Limit

Age Limit



  • Transfer to the cape in a tractor-drawn hay card
  • Guided hike 2-3 km
  • English Speaking Guide
  • 99% chance to see puffins from mid-May until mid-August

Not included:

  • Good hiking shoes
  • Wind and rainproof jacket
  • Hat
  • Gloves

What to bring?

  • Good hiking shoes
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Wind- and rainproof clothing
  • Camera
  • Binoculars (Optional)

Meeting Point:

Ingólfshöfði check-in Hut –  2 km south of the main road


Moderate fitness level needed – 1,5 hour guided hike (the first part of the hike is up a steep sand slope)

Of course, children younger than 5 years old are welcome on the tour, and if you have a baby carrier that makes it possible to carry your baby on your back or against your chest, small babies might even be doing better than a 3-4 year old that is too big to carry.

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