History at Hesteyri – Hornstrandir Visit

History at Hesteyri in Hornstrandir
History at Hesteyri in Hornstrandir
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  • Duration5 hours
  • Group SizeNo max
  • Meeting LocationSjóferðir - Ásgeirsgata, Ísafjörður

Tour description

History at Hesteyri in Hornstrandir can only be reached by boat. The boat ride from Ísafjörður on this guided day tour of the abandoned village of Hesteyri takes about 70 minutes. Luring in one of the renowned Glacier Fjords (Jökulfirðir), Hesteyri has beautiful scenery and rich history.

In the late 1940s, the village people made a joint decision to move away, and in 1952 the village stood abandoned. Upon arrival, the guide will take you for a walk around the village; you’ll get an insight into the history and a feeling of how it was to live almost on the edge of the earth.

It is also a great way to enjoy the pure, colorful nature of the Hornstrandir area, which is popular with hikers. The walk ends in the old Doctor’s house, where you’ll get traditional Icelandic refreshments. If lucky, you’ll get a chance to see seals, arctic foxes, or even a whale on this tour.

What's Included

  • Guided tour
  • Boat transfer
  • Refreshments

What to Bring

  • Warm and waterproof clothing, warm hat and gloves
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Camera

Why Your Friend in Reykjavik Recommends This Tour

The protected Hornstrandir is an exceptional place which can only be reached by boat. There are no roads in the area.