Puffin Tour on Ingólfshöfði
PARTNER TOUR – HANDPICKED ESPECIALLY FOR YOU
A great tour to see the puffins in their natural habitat, up close and personal, at Ingólfshöfði nature reserve. A great addition to your self-drive tour around south east Iceland.
On this tour you’ll be transported on a hay cart on the back of a tractor over sand and water towards Ingólshöfði nature reserve. There you’ll enjoy some time getting to know the lovely puffins plus some of the other birds that live on the cape (like the Great Skua – which, by the way, is massive).
Please note that you’ll have to make your own way to the start of this tour and transport is not available from Reykjavík.
May 20th – August 20th
Ingólfshöfði Check in Hut (just south of the parking for Ingólfshöfði). The parking is 2 km south of main road between farms Hofsnes and Fagurhólsmýri.
About this tour
You will be transported in a tractor drawn hay cart over sands and waters towards Cape Ingólfshöfði. Once there you will need to do a short but somewhat demanding hike up the cape and after that you will have around 1.5 hours to enjoy the sights. Although you’ll be accompanied by an experienced guide who happily will share all their knowledge about the area, they will not talk over the whole group for the whole tour. Instead they will give you a chance to have a moment with the birds which makes the experience even more enjoyable.
Please note that although the hike on the cape and the tractor ride there are quite easy the short hike up the cape can be difficult for those who have problems with their knees and hips and such.
What to wear
It’s always good to be prepared for everything and like always it’s good to dress in layers. Even if the weather is good you still are going to be standing outside on the hay cart and hiking as well, so a hat and mittens might be in order. We recommend a backpack to carry excess clothing so you can shed some layers if you get too warm.
Rainproof clothing and shoes are always a good idea in Iceland.
The Fine Print
The cancellation policy for this tour is as follows:
- Fee of 100.0% if cancelled 2 day(s) or less before the activity
- Fee of 20.0% if cancelled 30 day(s) or less before the activity
- Fee of 10.0% if cancelled 90 day(s) or less before the activity
See here our full terms and conditions.
Good to know
Note that for Ingólfshöfði Puffin Tour you need to check in at our Ingólfshöfði Check In Hut 15 minutes prior to departure. Departures are very punctual and you might not be able to join the tour if you arrive after after the departure time. No refund is given if you are late or if you don’t show up for any reason. This partner only allows clients who miss their booked trip to join another departure, if/when the time comes, at departure time there is space for them. This partner will not reserve tickets for you if you miss a tour, so there is no guarantee that you will receive a later departure if you miss your booked departure. The 2 km long gravel road from the main road to the Ingólfshöfði parking is not a highway, so calculate several minutes for driving that part.
This tour is a Partner Tour
What this means is that this tour is not operated by I Heart Reykjavík but one of our trusted partners that we have carefully chosen to help you get the most of your stay in Iceland.
We are very selective with the companies we choose to work with because we want you to have the best experience possible during your Iceland adventure. We would never recommend anything to you that we wouldn’t recommend to our own family and friends.
Comments from previous guests
We did the wagon/tractor tour and it's definitely a "must" if you are in the region. The trip across the coastal plain with the views toward Skaftafell is awesome and then you climb the "hofdi" to where the marker from Ingolfur Arnason's first settlement is located and the puffins are nesting in the cliffs. Great experience, and a small family operation. Really amazing to get dive bombed by skua's and see the pufins so close.
Our guide was absolutely lovely and very knowledgeable about the area! And the puffins - I don't even know where to start, they are adorable, and love the camera! A ton of them flew to the ledges for a perfect photo opp. Would do this tour again and again! 🙂
“Tractor With Wagon Tour to the Cliffs for Puffins”
We took the tour to the cliffs where the puffins were nesting. The tour is completed by hopping into a large wagon (standing up) and it is pulled by a farm tractor over the coastal black sand beach, through some running waters to the edge of a giant black sand cliff. This is not a tour for the weak. You will have to climb this cliff and it is a tough one if you are not in shape. For those who aren't there are ski poles to help you navigate up. I am retired but in excellent shape and health. There was no problem. Think about yourself and if you could do it.
I wouldn't recommend it to families with small children. The climb is difficult and once up there you want to enjoy yourself without having to be concerned about the safety of your kids around the cliff's edges.
Our young guide was quite knowledgeable and it was obvious she was happy with her job. We were told how to behave around the dangerous edges of the cliff and how to coax the puffins from their hiding places. We were able to get some fantastic pictures.
Plan to be there a while. It is well worth the time especially on a sunny day.
Not what you are looking for? Here are some more great options
Food and culture
Enjoy a date with puffins in their natural habitat and travel there in style (a tractor is involved). ...More Info // Book Now
An easy and affordable way to visit the Golden Circle and Fontana Spa. Big bus tour. ...More Info // Book Now
Smaller group sizes and a combination of natural beauty and local culture. If we would organize a golden circle tour – this would be it!...More Info // Book Now
A quick and easy way to see the peculiar puffins that live on the islands just off the coast of Reykjavík. Great tour for families and bird lovers....More Info // Book Now
Escape the crowds by visiting Iceland's most famous landmarks in the evening in a super jeep. Small group sizes. ...More Info // Book Now
Do this tour if you've always wondered what it would be like to be inside a volcano. Totally unique experience!...More Info // Book Now
A simple and easy riding tour for the whole family in a small group. With pickup from Reykjavík...More Info // Book Now
This express Golden Circle tour is great for those who have a morning arrival in Iceland or simply would like to sleep a bit longer in the morning....More Info // Book Now
This tour boast a whopping 90% sightings success rate in summer and up to 70% in winter. Express tours also available....More Info // Book Now
Skip the lines and all the waiting and get straight to your hotel in your own private vehicle. You can also add a option stop at the Blue Lagoon....More Info // Book Now
The south coast is spectacular and this is an easy, affordable and safe way to experience it. Black sand beaches, waterfalls and glaciers !...More Info // Book Now
Take a break from long bus tours with a fun 2 hour ATV tour on the outskirts of Reykjavík. Amazing views and heaps of fun. ...More Info // Book Now
A tour that takes you to all the surprising wonders of the Reykjanes peninsula. Great option for your last day in Iceland with drop off at Keflavík...More Info // Book Now
If you are not doing a self-drive tour around the south coast this is the easiest and most affordable way to do a glacier walk from Reykjavík...More Info // Book Now
One of the best ATV tours we've done in Iceland. Beautiful views, friendly guides and that elusive plane wreck in Sólheimasandur....More Info // Book Now
This tour offers extraordinary views and great fun, riding a snowmobile on Iceland’s second largest glacier with the added highlight of a visit to a ...More Info // Book Now
As you head out of town, in a cool jeep convoy, you feel like you're part of a mission. You mission is the Aurora and these jeeps mean business...More Info // Book Now
Our Selection of Golden Circle Partner Tours Although we have a list of preferred tours that we strongly recommend we also recognize that you might be looking for something completely different. ...More Info // Book Now
Amazing views while whooshing around Mýrdalsjökull glacier on a snowmobile. Great addition to a self-drive tour around the south coast. ...More Info // Book Now
A LONG day tour but totally worth it if you don't have any other ways to get to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon...More Info // Book Now
Enjoy snorkeling in Silfra with professional guides and then an exclusive small group tour of the Golden Circle...More Info // Book Now
Brilliant tour, brilliant guides and amazing view. Where else are you going to snorkel between two tectonic plates? Nowhere, that’s where....More Info // Book Now
If you want to enjoy a nice glacier walk as a part of your self drive tour around the South Cost this is the perfect tour for you....More Info // Book Now
A great mix of sightseeing and exciting glacier activities. Great for solo travelers! ...More Info // Book Now
Combine the Golden Circle with a short riding tour in a small group at a great price. ...More Info // Book Now
An affordable food tour of the golden circle on smaller buses (25 passengers max) ...More Info // Book Now
If you want a bit more flexibility and a more direct way between a and b (Reykjavík and the Blue Lagoon) a private transfer is a great option....More Info // Book Now
One of the easiest and most affordable ways to see the Northern Lights if you don't want to drive yourself ...More Info // Book Now
A convenient and affordable way to get to know the Icelandic horse, which is known around the world for its five gaits and mild temperament....More Info // Book Now
This new tour combines food and nature for a memorable trip around the Golden Circle....More Info // Book Now