Hornstrandir 1-day guided hiking tour

A guided hiking tour around the Hornstrandir Natural Reserve. An amazing trail without human signs, only wilderness and nature wherever you look.




Trip Duration

1 day

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip



    I invite you to live this great hiking in the pristine wilderness of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, Iceland.

    This hike will take you up the valley of Bæjardalur, over streams, maybe few snow fields and down the lush valley of Kvíadalur. On the way, you will also enjoy the fantastic panoramic views. There are no trails or other signs of human presence on the route. And that makes Hornstrandir a place where nature rules unchallenged.

    I will give you the following program of this guided hiking trip among Hornstrandir:

    The trip starts at 8:00 am in the Borea Adventures office on Aðalstræti 17. There, you will meet your guide and get a briefing of the trip. Then, a walk for few hundred meters to the harbour. Get on board the speedboat that takes us to our destination.

    After a scenic boat ride over fjords and along mountain cliffs, the group will be dropped off at the old farmstead of Steig in Veiðileysufjörður Fjord.

    And then, the gentle hike takes us up the valley, over water streams and through flower fields. We will enter to Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, pure wilderness. The, we’ll reach an elevation of around 460 meters and enjoy a fantastic view of the surrounding fjords. And later, we will stop for a well-earned lunch consisting of homemade delicacies along the way.

    By the afternoon, we descend across the Kvíadalur valley to the old farmhouse at Kvíar. At Kvíar we will get relaxed, cooking a good dinner and enjoying the peaceful around. An arctic fox family has had for years their den in the farmhouse’s backyard. The cubs usually get curious when guests appear… It will be really nice!

    As you see, it is a full day hike with a variety of landscapes, surfaces and cultural people on the way. Contact me, I will be the perfect guide for your next hiking trip across the Hornstrandir. 

    During the summer of 2019 there will be departures on Wednesday and friday. 

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    47900 ISK

    Group of 2
    47900 ISK

    Group of 3
    47900 ISK

    Group of 4
    47900 ISK

    Group of 5
    47900 ISK

    Group of 6
    47900 ISK

    Group of 7
    47900 ISK

    Group of 8
    47900 ISK


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Transport during the trip
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     Price per person to join a group from 4 to 8 people.

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    Borea Adventures office on Aðalstræti 17.

    More info

    The boat departs at 09:00 AM. The minimum group size is 2 people.


    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

    • 2 reviews


    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 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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