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Hornstrandir hike in the Westfjords of Iceland

Join one of our certified mountain guides on this amazing hike along the unexplored Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in the Westfjords in Iceland.


Private and Group


1 Day


Jun - Sep






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  • Hike on a spectacular terrain along the unexplored Hornbjarg Cliffs.
  • Witness exceptional views of northern Hornstrandir on your boat ride.
  • Have a close encounter with the fantastic arctic fox.


*This trip is not available for 2021, but it will be back in 2022!*

Shielded by imposing bird cliffs on both sides, the Hornvík creek in Iceland is definitely worth your time. Join us as we take you on a day-hike to these incredible cliffs in the Westfjords.

The iconic Hornbjarg cliff stands tall at the top of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve and makes you feel as if you have reached the “edge of the world”. Both the reserve and the cliff are accessible only by boat and it takes around 2.5-3 hours to get there.

The trip begins from Bolungarvík harbor. It is just a 20-minute drive from Ísafjörður airport and in case you are joining from Ísafjörður city, it shouldn’t take you more than 10-15 minutes. The boat sets off in 15 minutes from the scheduled starting time.

We will spend around 4-6 hours hiking on undulating terrain along the cliffs, taking in uncorrupted views. The trail leads onto a circular path to the cliffs and back.

Regarding difficulty, it is an intermediate hike that requires basic hiking experience and a good level of fitness.

These nesting cliffs are home to more than 50 species of sea birds including razorbills, kittiwakes, guillemots, fulmars, puffins and eiders. So, get ready to see a bunch of them. And if we are lucky, we might as well have a close encounter with the marvelous arctic fox.

Although Hornvík creek is our plan A in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, it is usually difficult to access due to weather conditions. That is why we can offer you two alternatives to explore this wonderful area: Adalvik to Hesteyri and Hesteyri.

The first one leads us through the abandoned villages of Saebol and Hesteyri and offers fantastic views of the northern fjords Isafjardardjup bay and the Jokulfirdir ‘glacier fjords’. It has a duration of 5-6 hours apart from the boat rides (2 hours) and the visit to Hesteyri (2 hours).

The other alternative invites us to explore one of the many hiking routes starting from the village of Hesteyri. We will enjoy hiking for 7-8 hours around the village and there will be plenty to do, from reaching the top of a mountain to visiting a black sand beach or the remains of an old church. There are endless possibilities!

Doesn’t it sound like a dream trip? Send us a message right away and reserve your seat on this incredible journey to the unexplored Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in Iceland. It will be our pleasure to guide you.

Also, check out our page for some other gorgeous adventures in Iceland.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Price per person. A Minimum of 10 participants is required for plan A, of 6 for plan B and of 2 for plan C. Price Includes: Boat return transportation.

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


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Departure Time: 9.15 AM

Minimum age: 13 years old

Please bring along:

Warm and Wind/Waterproof Clothes Sturdy Hiking Boots Gloves and Cap Water Bottle Lunch

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What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Edda Akureyri Akureyri Iceland
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Hotel Kea Akureyri Iceland
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Lonsa Guesthouse Akureyri Iceland
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