• Trip duration
    5 days
  • Trip level
    Sustained
  • Max people per guide
    12 people
  • Mountain range
    -
  • Best period
    Jul, Aug

Description

Hornstrandir is the northernmost peninsula of Iceland. It is located in the region of the Western Fjords, more precisely in the south of the Jökulfirðir Fjords, as part of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve since 1975.

The main highlights of Hornstrandir territory are its immense cliffs, its remote wilderness and the Arctic flora and foxes, making this place a hikers’ paradise.

I am inviting you to an amazing hike across Hornstrandir Nature Reserve during 5 exciting days. On this tour we hike from the beautiful village of Hesteyri to the bays of the northern coast along cliffs and over mountain passes.

The average walking time per day is 3-7 hours.

If you are interested in this expedition, I leave you an estimate itinerary and program of this 5-day hiking tour.

Day 1: Reykjavik-Ísafjörður-Hesteyri-Hlöðuvík
You meet me and my team in the morning at the airport in Reykjavik to fly to the Westfjords. We will be transferred to the harbour where we hop on to the boat which takes us over the Ísafjarðardjúp to the fjord of Hesteyri (approx. 1 hour ride). On the way we have a good chance to spot whales.
In the abandoned village of Hesteyri we start our hike towards Hlöðuvík. We descend towards the shore at Kjaransvík where we turn east and continue past the mountain Álfsfell. We have to ford one river before we reach the houses of Hlöðuvík. Here we spend our next two nights.

Day 2: Hlöðuvík – Hælavíkurbjarg – Hlöðuvík
We start our hike from Hælavík to climb the local mountain of Skálakambur (327 m). From there we descend down to Hælavík bay, where we can see the ruins of an old farm. We hike along Mávatjörn and then turn uphill until we reach the top. By then, we have reached the cliffs of Hælavíkurbjarg, one of the biggest colonies of seabirds in Iceland. We hike along the cliff, turn for a moment up to the hills of Axlir and then continue along this massive cliff. Every now and then we stop and carefully look over the edge… We reach the cliff’s highest point, Festaskaðatind (530 m) before we turn back down towards Skálakambur and back down to Hlöðuvík.

Day 3: Hlöðuvík – Hornvík
Today we start to climb up to Skálakambur (327 m). After a zick-zack climb we put down our backpacks and enjoy the views over the Hælavík bay, the surrounding mountains and the hut where we stayed. We continue towards Atlaskarð where we find a cairn called Atladys. We leave the bags behind and go along a small path to a narrow ridge Langikambur which reaches down into the sea and where we can enjoy the view over to Hornbjarg. Then we take the same path back to our rucksacks and continue down to the ruins of the house in Rekavik. We pass by the impressive formations of Stapi in Tröllakambur and finally reach our next camp in Höfn in Hornvík bay. It is a very remote place and often there is a good chance to see wild foxes in this area.

Day 4: Hornvík – Hornbjarg – Hornvík
Today we explore the Hornvík area and hike to the most northern part to the Hornbjarg. Then, we hike along the bay to the North where we can peek down into the high cliffs and listen to the screams of millions of birds. We hike to the peak of Miðfell through lush vegetation and continue towards Múlinn. We hike along the cliffs and finally turn back to our camp by passing another waterfall.

Day 5: Hornvík-Veiðileysufjörður-Isafjördur-Reykjavik
Today we leave the Nature Reserve of Hornstrandir. We hike South and soon start our climb towards the Hafnarskarð pass (519 m). We enjoy the fantastic views back over the valley and the Hornbjarg. Then we follow the cairns down to the Veiðileysufjord. Here we are picked up by our boat and brought back to Ísafjörður. Again we can enjoy the views over the fjords, partly covered with snow. The boat ride takes a little bit more than 1 hour. From Ísafjörður we take the plane back to Reykjavík where the tour ends at the domestic airport.

I will be waiting for your contact in order to plan our next trip around Hornstrandir together!

Price per person

1 Person726000.00ISK
Group of 2305000.00ISK
Group of 3251000.00ISK
Group of 4179000.00ISK
Group of 5179000.00ISK
Group of 6179000.00ISK
Group of 7179000.00ISK
Group of 8179000.00ISK

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Group equipment

Extras

Accommodation

In mountain huts and tents.
For the ones looking for an accommodation before or after the hike, here are my recommendations: Guesthouse Sunna, Guesthouse Aurora, Fosshotel Baron ***, Kex Hostel, Loft Hostel and Oddsson.

More info

- Access: The only access to Hornstrandir is to catch a boat. There are some leaving from Bolungarvík dock a couple of km from Isafjordur (Ísafjörður). It will take you directly to the peninsula. It can drop you and take you back in several points.

- River crossing: There are plenty of river crossing along the way. It is therefore a good idea to bring some small shoes.

- Food: The peninsula is uninhabited so you ll have to bring all your food with you !

We start each day with an ascent of more or less 500 m that will give access to the next fjord. Every fjord will provide you with a different view.
Hornvik is one of the most beautiful places of the trail with two of the largest birdcliffs in Europe. You will see thousands of birds guillemots, razorbills, eiders, puffins, kittiwakes and fulmars. Be careful as you go around. The water is full of bird feces so it is not drinkable. Hornvik is also the place with the highest population density of arctic fox on earth !

Meeting point

The trip starts and ends at the domestic airport in Reykjavik