Join us in Ingolfshofdi for an amazing wildlife tour – to see puffins, great skuas and a myriad of other seabirds. Go on a thrilling glacier hike in Skaftafell National Park. This single day tour combines history, nature, and wildlife into the perfect package. You’ll visit the remote Cape Ingolfshofdi where the first Viking settlers landed, see cute puffins in the flesh and enjoy stunning views of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. So, get ready for the adventure of a lifetime in the land of fire and ice!
Duration: ~8 hours
Departure time: 10:00 AM
Available: May - August
Age limit: 8 years
- Icelandic puffins
- Cape Ingólfshöfði
- Bird Watching
- Vatnajökull National Park
- Falljökull Glacier
- Glacier Hike
Meet on location:
• Puffin watching at Ingolfshofdi - meet on location, at 10:00 am, at the Ingolfshofdi parking lot – we recommend arriving 20 minutes before the stated departure time.
• Glacier Hike - meet on location at the Skaftafell parking lot. The meeting time is at 14:20 pm. It will take you around 20 minutes to drive between Ingolfshofdi and Skaftafell, leaving you ample time to purchase lunch between the two activities.
What to bring:
• We recommend that you wear warm clothing, including - warm top and bottom layers, warm headwear, gloves, a scarf, and a waterproof top layer.
• Sturdy hiking shoes with ankle support are strongly recommended.
• If you do not own any of these items, then you can rent them from us during the booking process – please note that the rental items will only be available for the glacier hiking part of your tour.
Children (8-15): 8 990
Puffin Sightseeing at Ingolfshofdi
Your friendly local guide will meet you at 10:00 am in the Ingolfshofdi Parking lot. The puffins generally live on the coast, so we’ll hop on a traditional hay cart and drive straight there. Along the way we’ll cross rolling meadows, beaches dotted with sand dunes and icy glacial streams.
Our destination will be Cape Ingolfshofdi – where the original Viking settlers wintered in 874 AD. The winters in Ingolfshofdi are harsh and one can only imagine the trials and tribulations that these early settlers must have gone through. However, in the summer the area transforms into a luscious nature reserve that teems with bird life.
The most famous of these is the adorable Atlantic puffin, whose smiling faces and cute appearance have made them popular with bird lovers around the world. Fortunately, Ingolfshofdi is a protected area, meaning that the puffins don’t scare very easily, and we can get really close to them. There may even be a cute chick, or two wandering around, so be prepared for some incredible photo opportunities!
The passionate local guide will make sure that you see all the other birds that live in the area, such as the great skua or pirate of the sea. While also telling you about the incredible lives that puffins live. If you want an educational tour or simply love seeing wildlife in the flesh, then this tour is the one for you!
Glacier Hike on Falljökull Glacier
The puffin sightseeing tour will finish around 12:30, giving you around an hour-and-a-half before you need to be at the Skaftafell Parking Lot for your glacier hiking adventure. You’ll meet your friendly guide at 14:20 to get kitted out and make the short drive to where the glacier hike begins.
Our destination will be Falljökull (the falling glacier), located to the south of Vatnajökull. Its summit will reward us with stunning panoramic views over Vatnajökull, its many outlet glaciers, the vast Atlantic Ocean and Hvannadalshnúkur – Iceland’s tallest peak. Stepping onto a glacier is an awe-inspiring experience. You’ll instantly feel its awesome energy as it shifts beneath your feet – creaking and moving like some kind of living ice giant. This constant motion has created a spellbinding landscape that is populated by twisting crevasses and deep moulins. You’ll also see a variety of different ice sculptures, such as frozen ice falls whose cascading
beauty is as spectacular as it is poignant. Glacial peaks and the vast Atlantic Ocean sprawl on the horizon, creating awesome photo opportunities Your friendly glacier guide will be with you every step of the way – ensuring that you’re always safe and taking you to the places with the best views. You’ll also be able to see the way that glaciers have helped to craft Iceland’s unique landscape and learn about how their future is threatened by human actions. This easy 3.5-hour hiking tour is the best way to explore these natural wonders!
Disclaimer: All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Extreme Iceland does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk. The safety of our guests is paramount on all of our tours and we reserve the right to amend or cancel the tour at short notice if we cannot guarantee your safety. We will visit either Falljökull glacier or Svínafellsjökull glacier depending on the season and conditions.