Puffins at Cape Ingolfshofdi | Wildlife in Iceland | Bird Watching in a Nature Reserve

Puffins at Cape Ingolfshofdi - Bird Watching - OF02

Bird Watching in a Nature Reserve

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Puffins have brightly coloured beaks during the breeding season

Come to this small headland and private nature reserve on the south coast of Iceland. Its surrounding cliffs provide shelter for a wonderful puffin colony while the dunes in the northwest grant access to it.

7 500 ISK per adult

Youth (8-16): 2 500 ISK

Children (4-7): Free

Duration: ~2.5 hours

Available: Mon-Sat,
May - Aug

Meeting time: 13:15 (in high season, also 10:00)

Meeting point: Ingolfshofdi parking lot, which is on a side road of the Ring Road. The turn is 1/2 hour drive east of Skaftafell and 1/2 hour drive west of Jokulsarlon ice lagoon. The road is between farms Hofsnes and Fagurholsmyri and is well marked "Ingolfshofdi 2 km".

GPS: 63.879167 -16.659000

Bring with you: Good outdoor clothing for this trip since the area is exposed to winds and rain, and sometimes sand storms..

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Puffin Bird Watching 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, and then we spend about 1.5 hours hiking and bird watching around the cape. The circle we hike around the nature reserve is 2-3 km long.

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A tractor, and a genuine hay cart - finest rustic transport!

In the beginning we need to walk up a steep sand slope, but then it gets easier, 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 (easy) hike. ***

The trip is taken by a certified guide, and member of the family living on the farm Hofsnes. They take pride in transporting visitor across the waters and sands that cover most of their farm Hofsnes, and will walk a circle around the cape to show you the best sites, and make sure the birds nesting there are treated with respect.

Some of the birds, like the great skua is quite important bird, and farm Hofsnes and the Nature Reserve Ingolfshofdi is part of the largest breeding ground in the world of the north Atlantic family of Great Skua.

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The Great Skua, the king of the Ingolfshofdi Nature Reserve

Although seeing puffins is the goal, we would like to make clear that this is a nature reserve, not Disney Land.

Sometimes we see thousands of puffins sitting quite close to us even in April or in August, but even during the peak of the puffin season in July we have days where almost all the puffins have gone to the sea to fish, especially when the weather is nice. However, the sightseeing and history learning part of the trips never fails. Even in storms the trip means adventure for nature lovers.

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Note! The tour is available until the end of August, but we don’t expect to see puffins after August 20th-25th. We should still see the Great Skua and some other bird species. Of course the history and sightseeing part is always there :-)

puffins bird watching tour Iceland

Puffin bird watching in south-east Iceland

puffins bird watching tour Iceland

A tractor, and a genuine hay cart - finest rustic transport!

puffins bird watching tour Iceland

Puffins have brightly coloured beaks during the breeding season, they form long-term pair bonds

puffins bird watching tour Iceland

The Great Skua, the king of the Ingolfshofdi Nature Reserve

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Guillemots with chicks and eggs, in south Iceland

puffins bird watching tour Iceland

Hiking to the bird watching cape of Ingolfshofdi

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tour route

 

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