We’ll all meet up at our office in Aðalstræti 17 (downtown main street), about an hour before departure – to go through the tour in detail and answer any questions that you might have. Then, we’ll make our way down to Ísafjörður Harbour and catch the ferry to Hornstrandir.
Please note – this tour has two different departure times. Our Thursday tour departs at 9:00 am and the Monday/Saturday tours depart at 10:00 am.
The boat ride lasts around 2-3 hours, depending on the weather and time of year, taking us past sparkling blue fjords, mighty mountains, and rugged cliffs. We may also see some incredible marine wildlife, including whales, dolphins, and seals – so make sure that you bring a camera. Our friendly guide will also point out where Icelanders used to live and tell you about how they managed to survive on the very edge of the world.
We’ll land at Hornvík Bay and head towards the Hornbjarg bird cliffs – skirting around the tip of Horn, which provides a magnificent view over the entire bay. We’ll continue up the grassy hill and then walk along the cliff edge that leads to Mt. Miðfell – scaling one steep slope where our guide will help anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable.
Our next stop will be the rugged Miðdalur valley – a dramatic place surrounded by sheer cliffs – in days gone by, inhabitants of the island would rappel down the cliff to collect eggs from the many birds who nest in them. An example of just how difficult life could be in this harsh environment.
We’ll continue on to lake Miðdalur – a blue oasis, where whooper swans and kittiwakes flock and raise their chicks. The route then takes us to the ridge of Múli and climb to the summit of the Kálfatindar Peak (535m) – where we’ll see the entire of Iceland’s north coast in all of its glory, including the white-tipped Drangajökull Glacier, charming fjords and spectacular cliffs.
By then everyone will be ready for a break, so we’ll head back down the cliff to our basecamp to enjoy a traditional Icelandic dinner under the light of the Arctic sun and get some well-earned rest.
Distance: 12 km / 7.45 mi
Altitude value: 400 m / 1312 ft