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.




Trip Duration

1 day

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip



  • 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!

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Price per person

Group of 1
360 USD

Group of 2
360 USD

Group of 3
360 USD

Group of 4
360 USD

Group of 5
360 USD

Group of 6
360 USD

Group of 7
360 USD

Group of 8
360 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Transport during the trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 Above is individual price to join a group of 2-8. Price includes: Boat ride both ways, professional guide and delicious dinner


  • Day 1Day 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



Other details

Skill level required

First time

Fitness level required

Open to everyone

Meeting point

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

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!


About the Guide


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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What People are Saying about Borea Adventures


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.
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Marla Wolkowicz
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.
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Marla Wolkowicz
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.
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