The Hornstrandir is a peninsula located in far northwestern Iceland. A strait of only 300 km separates us from Greenland. This is also the wildest coastal portion of the island, since the last farms were abandoned in the 1950’s. The ideal hiking site!
The absence of grazing sheeps has allowed the vegetation to regain the ground and many bird species are present, therefore attracting a large arctic foxes population. These are tame and can be easily approached.
The next departure will be from July 4th to 15th. An 11-day trip including 8 days of hiking.
We will leave by car straight from Keflavik airport and will take the long way round to rally in 2 days the small northwestern town of Isafjörður. After a boat transfer, we will explore this region linking fjords, high plateaus, glacial valleys, lagoons… We will walk at a calm pace, in favor of relatively short steps to allow time to explore the area without our large bags. There are few trails, therefore we will chart our path through the birch and dwarf willow “forests”.
Each evening we will choose a nice bivouac near a river or a beach, with a view of the midnight sun setting on the Arctic Ocean…
This is an autonomy trek in isolation conditions, there are only a few emergency shelters in the region.
The stages will be of 5 to 8 hours of walking (10 – 20 km/day, maximum altitude change 500 m).
Accommodation will only be in tents – except the night back at Reykjavik.
We will each have our backpack and we will distribute the shared equipment and food for 4-5 days, a supply being provided halfway through. The use of ultra light equipment allows to keep the weight of the bag around 12-15 kg (as long as you have a reasonable amount of personal belongings!).
Prior autonomy hiking experience is desirable and/or good physical condition and the habit of living in “open air”.
We will go by car (2 days) and return to Reykjavik with a domestic flight.
I would be thrilled to introduce you to this magnificent region in Iceland. I invite you to contact me so we can discuss and plan this great adventure together.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- Transport during the trip
In tents - except the night back at Reykjavik.