Explore the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve with Runar, an experienced mountain guide. Let him show show the most wonderful spots in this amazing place in Iceland, over this 3-day hiking traverse.
Let me show you the most dazzling spots in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. This dream-like land is incredibly rich in history and wildlife. We’ll encounter millions of seabirds wandering around the cliffs in the summer. And we’ll see a curious creature that inhabits this reserve, the Arctic Fox. Because the curiosity of this lovely animal, and the fact that it’s used to humans, it is often spotted near human settlements. So open your eyes and prepare your camera, because there’s a huge chance we run into one!
Moreover, there are plenty of intriguing trails that cross these terrains. We’ll see everything, from the majestic westfjords to magnificent cliffs and hypnotizing views. Also, we’ll hike across historical spots of great interest. So, allow me to share with you the tales of those that lived around here until most of the places were abandoned right after WWII.
What’s more, you’ll spend two nights in our basecamp set in the bay. There you’ll get your own bed in a large and cozy tent for two. Thus, you’ll be sleeping under a mesmerizing bed of stars and the clearest skies you can ever imagine. Additionally, you’ll be enjoying exquisite gourmet dinners and fun social gatherings in our big tent.
Would you like to come on this trip? Send me a message. And join one of the small groups I’ll guide. And discover this wonderful place.
During 2019 there will be departures from June to early september, on mondays, thursdays and saturdays.
Are you looking for a winter adventure? I also guide this 6-days Speedboat-assisted skiing.
The itinerary is a guide only and it may change depending on the weather, sea conditions and the ability of the group.
Here are some items we recommend you bring: Warm outdoor clothing including hiking pants and warm upper layers, avoid cotton as it keeps you cold when wet and takes a very long time to dry; waterproof jacket and pants; hiking boots. Please use waterproof high-top hiking boots, which provide ankle support; water shoes, as we cross many streams, a lake and walk through some wetlands. Make sure they are sturdy and are well secured; hat and gloves; a backpack. It needs to be around 50-60L. Big enough to carry all of your belongings, including your sleeping bag and your share of the food; sleeping bag rated to at least 0°C. Down is best since it packs smaller than synthetic; Sleeping mattress. A thin inflatable one is best as it easily fits inside the backpack; Personal medical kit i.e. band aids, throat lozenges, lip salves, seasickness tablets etc. Don't forget your personal medication, which you may need (e.g. Asthma inhaler, even if you don’t always need it); sunglasses; sunscreen and after-sun cream; Binoculars are nice to have for watching wildlife. (Optional); water bottle and of course, your camera!
Our office in Aðalstræti 17 (downtown main street) https://www.boreaadventures.com/about_borea/location/
We’ll head from our office after a brief meeting to the harbour in Ísafjörður. Then we’ll board our passenger ferry Bjarnarnes. And after 2-3 hours we’ll arrive at the reserve and begin our hiking adventure. Our first stop will be the tip of the Horn to get a view of the whole bay. After that, we’ll go to the Mt. Miðfell. And then the Miðdalur valley. Thereupon we’ll hike over the ridge of Múli, to then climb Kálfatindar (535 m). Finally we’ll head to our camp for a delicious dinner and a good night sleep.
After breakfast, our hike will begin at the Kýrskard pass and down to the lighthouse in Látravík, where we’ll get lunch. Then, we’ll continue along the cliffs across the Almenningar pass. We’ll head to the Innstidalur valley. And after that to the Drífandi waterfall, where we might encounter a polar bear. Finally we will head back to our camping site.
First we’ll begin the day with another delicious breakfast. And then we’ll get ready for departure by hiking through the the fjord of Veiðileysufjörður. Thereupon we’ll arrive at the Hafnarskarð Pass. And we’ll get back at where the boat will pick us up to take us to Ísafjörður.
I hold a degree in geography and started my guiding career as a mountain biking and hiking guide in the summer for different adventure companies in Iceland. I also worked as a tourism consultant for few years but felt it was time to put my skills into practice and put up an adventure operation in cooperation with other good people.
I was a boy scout when I was younger and learned to love the outdoors, especially the mountains. Skiing, ice & rock climbing and kayaking are my favorite sports and a part of his job. I have for years led mountaineering and avalanche SAR courses for the Icelandic Rescue Team Association.
Among other things, I have scaled 6000 m peaks in Peru, done skiing and kayaking expeditions in Greenland, climbed in the Alps few times and done paragliding in the Pyrenees.
I have finished WFR first aid training, hold a BCU 4 star kayaking certificate, have finished my marine CTCW training to be qualified as a professional crew member and Canadian Level I and Level II avalanche training.
My great experience and expertise means that you're in safe hands.
We did not have Runar Karlsson as our guide. Instead we enjoyed the expertise of a young Icelandic woman who also serves as an Olympic Cross-Country coach for Icelandic youth. She guided us along the Hornstrandir coast towards one of the Arctic Fox habitats. Although no foxes were seen we learned much about the area, the fjord and its history. We also enjoyed a walk with her to a lovely waterfall behind the farmhouse.
Runar Karlsson was not our guide. We were surprised to discover, only on the day of our hike upon our arrival to your office, that he wasn’t. A disappointment, after we had received a detailed explanation from Runar describing his skills and CV days before. Perhaps it was a misunderstanding on our part, but we were under the impression we had booked this hike as a private venture for the four of us well in advance, since the date we requested was not part of the dates standardly offered. Therefore we thought we were going to benefit from Runar’s geologic expertise and personal attention during our hike. Instead, again we were surprised to discover another hiker was joining our group to whom our guide directed most of his attention and time. The two of them hiked well ahead of the rest of us for most of the hike. Also, we were offered little unsolicited geologic or local information from our guide, which was an important aspect of this hike and something we were all looking forward to learning. It was an exhilarating hike and the views were spectacular but it was not the experience we were led to believe it would be.
Runar wasn\'t our guide. I already sent a review to Boreas Adventures. We were disappointed with the hike. It was much shorter than we expected and less challenging than we expected. The guide wasn\'t very knowledgeable and we probably could have done the trip without him. The best part of the trip was on the boat when we saw 2 humpback whales.
Group of 1
|ISK 124900 each|
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- Guiding fee
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Price per person to join a group from 4 to 8 people.