Ingólfshöfði [ˈiŋkoul(f)sˌhœvðɪ] is a private nature reserve which is located to the south of Öræfajökull glacier, on the southern coast of Iceland. It is said to be where Ingólfur Arnarson was from, who is recognized to be the first permanent Norse settler of Iceland around 874 CE. Ingólfshöfði is 76 meters high and is surrounded by the Atlantic ocean on one side and black sand on another.
If you are an avian lover, this should be on your bucket list of places to visit including the largest colony of great skua, puffins, black-legged kittiwake and northern fulmar.
It’s only 30-minutes away from Skaftafell National Park and is only accessible by car, unfortunately.
If you are planning to visit soon, take warm, wind and waterproof clothes. There is no restaurant or accommodation near the vicinity so bring lots of snacks as the visit can take an average of 2.5 hours. However, if you cannot walk for more than 2 hours, you may want to reconsider visiting. The walk is pretty easy but you need to get up and down a dune of black sand.
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