A day’s hike in the Nature Reserve – Hornstrandir Hike

A day's hike in the Nature Reserve - Hornstrandir Hike
A day's hike in the Nature Reserve - Hornstrandir Hike
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  • Duration12 hours
  • Group SizeNo max
  • Meeting LocationÁsgeirsgata, Ísafjörður

Tour description

Due to the harsh environment, the Hornstrandir area was entirely abandoned by the last of its inhabitants in the early 1950s. Since 1974 flora and fauna have been protected, and now arctic foxes, birds, seals, and plants have thrived undisturbed. This is the perfect full-day hike to enjoy all of what the area has to offer. You’ll leave by boat from Ísafjörður in the morning for Aðalvík. Continuing on foot to the abandoned settlement at Hesteyri, we pass the old church before crossing the mountain from where we will enjoy a spectacular and panoramic view across Ísafjarðardjúp bay and Jökulfirðir. Once we reach Hesteyri, warm drinks and pancakes will await us at the Doctors House Café. We will return from Hesteyri in the late afternoon and be in Ísafjörður around 10:00hrs. 

This is a moderate hike for people in good shape. The hiking distance is about 14 km on rough ground, and the elevation is about 300 m. 

What's Included

  • Boat transfers
  • Guidance
  • Pancakes at the Old Doctor's house

What to bring

  • Warm and wind/waterproof clothes, solid hiking boots, gloves and a hat
  • Lunch pack and something to drink
  • Camera
  • Wading shoes optional, but good to bring a small towel to dry your feet after being in the water

Why Your Friend in Reykjavik Recommends This Tour

Hiking in Hornstrandir is a different experience. The only way to get there is by boat, and the natural quietness is amazing. Maybe you’ll meet an Arctic fox on the hike!

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