Ingolfshofdi Nature Reserve

Ingólfshöfði cape is an isolated island between the black sands of the south coast of Iceland and the North Atlantic Ocean.

This historic cape is named after Iceland's first settler, Ingólfur Arnarson, who spent his first winter here with his family in the years 874-875 before moving further west.

Ingolfshöfdi cape is a headland isolated from the mainland by black sands and perilous rivers. Its isolation makes it a perfect residence for thousands of nesting seabirds, especially puffins and the great skua.

The family company Öræfaferðir-FromCoastToMountains offers Ingólfshöfði PuffinTours  to the cape in a tractor pulled hay trolley across the six km of waters, marshes and sands on the way, see here.

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What to do nearby

  • Glacier walks
  • Boat trips on Jökulsárlón
  • Þórbergssetur cultural museum