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Fox watching in Hornstrandir (Day hike in Iceland)

Your SAR-certified guide Runar will lead you on a family-friendly day entailing a spectacular boat trip, the opportunity to spot the beautiful and rare Arctic Fox, and a scrumptious home cooked farmhouse dinner, all in the truly special region of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, Iceland.

Duration1 day
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelFirst time
Fitness LevelOpen to everyone
Type of tripGroup


  • The opportunity to see the elusive Arctic Fox, up close and personal!

  • Hike around a valley featuring some truly stunning cascading waterfalls!

  • A home-cooked dinner in a tradition, restored farmhouse, standing since 1921!

  • A boat trip winding through the water next to magnificent mountains and fjords!


The opportunity to witness the endearing and elusive Arctic Fox up close and personal in its natural habitat is an experience that you will never forget, and I will guide you on a day-long trip to see these magnificent creatures, whilst also taking in the charming scenery and friendly local hospitality in Kvíar, Iceland.

Kvíar is nestled in Horsntrandir Nature Reserve, located in the North-West of Iceland, and this region is known as a striking, idyllic, tranquil and picturesque environment full of mind-blowing natural landscapes and a wide variety of exotic animal species which are sure to have you reaching for your camera in no time!

After meeting at our base in downtown Ísafjörður at 8:30am, it is then a one-hour boat trip to Kvíar through the waterways that are enveloped by the splendid and glorious mountains and fjords, the scale of which will take your breath away.

We alight at Kvíar farmhouse and after a quick talk regarding the history and stories of the area, and of the Arctic Foxes, we head off in search of the elusive animals.

As there are no hunters or predators to the foxes in the reserve, their young are raised in safety and comfort, meaning they are fairly outgoing and playful, perfect for some funny photos or the opportunity to get close to them!

Others can also go for a marvelous hike around the local valley, where the mesmerizing multitudes of cascading waterfalls will leave you spellbound, and the clean, crisp, fresh air will leave you feeling re-invigorated!

We cap the day off with a delicious home-cooked dinner at the farmhouse, originally built in 1921, to fill us up before catching the boat back to Ísafjörður at around 8pm, tired yet glad to have spent the day in such a magical place!

The Arctic Fox is a creature very few get to see in the flesh – book now to experience the thrill of seeing some!

Another family-friendly activity I offer in this area is a half-day mountain bike tour, here!

I also offer a day-trip hiking tour of unspoiled Ísafjörður here!

More info

We have guaranteed departures every Wednesday and Friday. Please bring with you: - Warm outdoor clothing. Please 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 - Hat and gloves - Sunhat, sunglasses and sunscreen, it can get sunny up here! - Small backpack - Water bottle - Don't forget your camera!

Meeting point

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



Day 1: Day of activity

– Meet at base in downtown Ísafjörður at 8:30am

– One-hour boat trip to Kvíar farmhouse

– Talk regarding the local area and Arctic Foxes

– Look for foxes or go on valley hike

– Home-cooked dinner at farmhouse

– Boat back to base at 8pm


About the guide

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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.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 372 each

Group of 2

USD 372 each

Group of 3

USD 372 each

Group of 4

USD 372 each

Group of 5

USD 372 each

Group of 6

USD 372 each

Group of 7

USD 372 each

Group of 8

USD 372 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Above is individual price to join a group of 2-8. Price includes: Boat ride both ways, professional guide and delicious dinner

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