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This tour will take us to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve – an untouched natural wilderness perched on the northern tip of the Westfjords. Hornstrandir is only accessible by boat and has been totally uninhabited since the 1950s – ideal for adventurous souls who want to explore a place that is within touching distance of the Arctic Circle.

Highlights

  • A scenic boat ride over fjords
  • Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
  • Breathtaking views
  • Diverse wildlife
  • Dinner in a beautifully restored farmhouse
  • A good chance of seeing Arctic Foxes
  • Ádalir valley in Veiðileysufjörður fjord
  • Kvíadalur valley
  • The old farmhouse at Kvíar

Included

  • Boat ride both ways
  • Professional guidance
  • Dinner

What to bring

  • Day backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Hiking boots and sufficient clothes depending on the weather
  • Please note that there might be some snow on the route until early June
  • Good footwear is the key to enjoying this trip

Tour Snapshot

Availability June-Aug
Duration 11 hours
Departs From Ísafjordur
Difficulty Moderate
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No

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Itinerary

We’ll meet up at our office in Aðalstræti 17 (downtown main street) – to go through the order of the day and answer any questions that you might have and then head down to the charming Ísafjörður Harbor to catch our traditional Icelandic vessel.

The ferry ride takes about an hour, taking us past some spectacular cliff-lined shores and stunningly beautiful fjords. If we’re lucky, we might see some marine life, because whales, dolphins, and seabirds all reside in the area. We’ll be dropped at the Adalir Valley in Veiðileysufjörður fjord – a gorgeous area that is nestled between imperious cliffs.

We’ll instantly begin to make our way to its summit, passing trickling streams and arctic tundra as we climb to an elevation of 500 meters, where we’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking vista over the entire Westfjord System. We’ll stop there to enjoy some Icelandic delicacies to one of the best views that you’ll find anywhere.

We’ll hike back to our beautifully restored in the Kvíadalur Valley – it is perched on a verdant hillside that offers a beautiful contrast to the sparkling blue fjord. You’ll spend the rest of the day exploring the area by yourself, while we prepare the group a traditional Icelandic dinner. Among the highlights of the area are several cascading waterfalls and the family of curious Arctic Foxes that live in our garden. We’ll enjoy a well-deserved dinner together and then catch the ferry back to Ísafjörður – after a tiring day that will provide memories that last a lifetime.
Please note – this itinerary is provisional and could be subject to change depending on the weather and the ability of the group.

Meeting point: Our base in Aðalstræti 17 (downtown main street) in Ísafjörður.

Departure: 09:00 AM. Be there half an hour before departure time.

Guaranteed departures: We have guaranteed departures every Wednesday and Friday.

Minimum age: 12 years.

Group size: We need a minimum number of 2 participants to operate the tour. The maximum group size is 8, but most of our tours are between 4–6 people.

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