The Hornbjarg Cliffs

Starting from: Bolungarvík
Season:
 18th Jun-3rd Sep
Duration:
 10-12 hours
Difficulty: 3/5 
Minimum age: 12 years old

Guarded on both sides by monumental bird cliffs, the Hornvík creek is Iceland's most remote place, and also one of its most beautiful.
Hornbjarg is the larger and more extreme shaped of the two cliffs and boasts of an unrivalled "edge of the world" experience.

The Hornstrandir Nature Reserve and Hornbjarg are only accessible by boat and the 2.5-3 hour one-way boat ride is filled with spectacular views of the dramatic cliffs and coastline.

About 4-6 hours on this tour are spent hiking in Hornvík, and the other 5-6 hours transferring by a passenger ferry between Hornvík and Bolungarvík. The exact return time back to Bolungarvík is always but normally the tour duration does not exceed 12 hours.

IMPORTANT: Please read the instructions under the "Preparation" tab to ensure you are properly equipped for this tour!

The tour starts from Bolungarvík harbour, which is just a 10-15 minute drive from Ísafjörður town and about a 20-minute drive from Ísafjörður airport. The boat departs 15 minutes after the scheduled tour starting time. 

The 2.5-3 hour one way boat ride offers great views of the dramatic landscape of northern Hornstrandir and stops for a quick view of the other grand cliff in Hornvík: Hælavíkurbjarg.

At Hornbjarg, you will have 4-5 hours to hike along the cliffs and enjoy the magnificent views. The tour takes you on a circle hike onto the cliffs and back. The hiking is of intermediate difficulty on a trail with undulating terrain, from sea level up to about 500 meters altitude and down again to sea level.

The cliffs host about 50 species of sea birds including guillemots, razorbills, eiders, puffins, kittiwakes and fulmars.
And if we're lucky, we might also see the beautiful arctic fox from up close.

Plan B

In case of bad sailing weather to reach Hornvík we may offer a visit to the charming Hesteyri village in the Hornstrandir nature reserve as a replacement to the main plan. Guests have the choice of opting out for a full refund instead of plan B.

Included:

- Boat return transportation
- Hiking guide throughout the tour

A minimum of 10 participants is required to operate this tour.

To bring:

- Warm and wind/waterproof clothes
- Solid hiking boots
- Gloves and cap
- Water bottle
- Lunch pack if you don't book one

It is crucial that you bring self-arranged food and drinks for the entire trip, and wear proper hiking shoes and warm hiking appropriate wear. Hornvík is open to Arctic winds and there is no temporary shelter available, and it is not possible to buy food anywhere on the tour.

The trail requires at least basic hiking experience and good fitness.

On a windy day the boat ride can be bumpy.

We reserve the right to deny boarding to insufficiently prepared participants, whether without food or without proper clothing, for safety reasons.

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