This single day combination tour is ideal for nature and wildlife lovers!
Enjoy a day filled with natural wonders and friendly puffins. It begins in Ingolfshofdi, where the original Viking settlers landed many centuries ago – as we search for the adorable puffins who nest in the surrounding cliffs. Next up is an easy and informative glacier hike in Skaftafell National Park. If you love nature and wildlife, then this is the ideal tour for you!
May. - Aug.
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Puffin Watching
- Ingolfshofdi Nature Reserve
- Tractor-Drawn Hay Cart Ride
- Local Puffin Guide
- Glacier Hike
- Vatnajokull Glacier
- 99% Puffin Sightings
- Expert Guides
- Necessary Glacier Hiking Gear
Puffin Sightseeing at Ingolfshofdi
You’ll meet our passionate local guide on location, at 10:00 am, in the Ingolfshofdi Parking lot, who will go through the order of the day and answer any questions that you have. Then, we’ll hop aboard our traditional hay cart and drive across Iceland’s rural heartlands.
We’ll be heading for Cape Ingolfshofdi – Iceland’s version of Plymouth Rock, where the first Viking settlers arrived in 874 AD. Cape Ingolfshofdi is a remote and fascinating place, which will give you a fascinating insight into the struggles that these pioneers were subjected to.
Ingolfshofdi teems with birdlife and a variety of different birds, nest here during the summer. Foremost of these is the adorable Icelandic puffin, whose black and white feathers and smiling faces have made them one of the most popular birds in the world. The remoteness of the area means that the puffins are very confident around humans, allowing us to get thrillingly close to these cute little birds. If we’re really lucky, then we might even see a puffin chick or two – so keep your cameras at the ready!
Your friendly guide will point out some of the other birds that inhabit the area, including the notorious great skua otherwise known as the pirates of the sea. They’ll also tell you some fascinating facts about puffins, including how they live and how they stay monogamous for life. If you love wildlife, then this is the perfect tour for you!
Glacier Hike on Falljökull Glacier
You’ll meet your friendly glacier hiking guide in the Skaftafell Parking Lot and make the scenic drive to where the glacier hike starts. We’ll be scaling Falljökull (the falling glacier), which lies on the southern edge of Vatnajökull. Its summit offers majestic vistas over Vatnajökull and the surrounding area, including Hvannadalshnúkur – Iceland’s tallest peak.
Hiking on a glacier is a one-of-a-kind adventure that will give you memories that’ll last a lifetime. They’re always moving and evolving, creating a stunningly beautiful landscape that is totally unique. You’ll see the results of this constant motion, including vast ice crevasses, cavernous moulins, and spectacular icefalls. While the horizon is punctuated by glorious mountain peaks and imposing volcanoes.
Your qualified glacier guide will take you to the places with the best views and ensure that you get some incredible photos of places like Virkisjökull. They’ll also tell you some fascinating facts about glaciers and point out how human actions are causing these natural wonders to disappear. If you want to get up close and personal with a magnificent glacier, then this is the tour for you!
Please note that the rental items offered for this tour will only be available for the glacier hike.
Iceland is known for colourful weather. It can sometimes show you all 4 seasons in one day.
Dressing for this sort of weather can be a challenge so we always recommend dressing in layers. 3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.
Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.
Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflecting off of the glacier.
You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.
We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch and some extra clothing.
You can bring your camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.
This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. We recommend you take a close look at our trip description and difficulty rating, they will hopefully give you a better idea. It is also good to contact your physician, pregnant women’s health can be quite different. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.
We do not provide lunch on any of our trips, so we recommend you bring your own lunch (for the longer trips), snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).
Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on every glacier tour that we offer.
When glacier hiking you will be provided with an ice axe, harness and helmet. This will help you to complete the tour safely.
When snow stays long enough in one place it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. As there is a lot of snow in Iceland, it forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home to Europe’s largest glacier named Vatnajökull. This Glacier Guide will also tell you everything you may want to know about Glaciers.
Rain is not uncommon in Iceland. However, we do not let the rain stop our tours. This is why having appropriate clothing is very important to keep you warm and dry. Nature is not something that we can control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. If your safety is compromised by going on the tour, we will cancel and you will be fully refunded.
This guide to Glacier Hiking includes all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.