Hornstrandir Hiking

Starting from: Ísafjörður
Season: 10th Jun-27th Aug
Duration: 2-6 days
Difficulty: Depending on the tour (read below)

A trip to the Hornstrandir nature reserve is like stepping into another world. This is Iceland at its most remote and inaccessible, as the area has been completely uninhabited since the 1950s and can only be accessed by boat or on foot.

The sheer basalt mountains which stretch from the sea to the sky; divided by deep fjords, secluded alcoves and valleys; are a hikers dream. The sea cliffs are populated by over 50 different bird species and the arctic fox wanders around in its natural environment unafraid of humans. Inland the crawling glaciers of the last ice age have hewn ancient mountain passes and lakes into the rugged peninsula.

Explore this place of magnificent untouched beauty and wildlife with our experienced guides.
 

2017 dates & prices: - e-mail us for booking enquiries

Hornvik Height & Sights (2 days/1 night) - 89900 ISK per person, min 2/max 10 pax. 
Bi-weekly departures every Monday & Friday from 5th June-28th August. Special Saturday departure on 10th June.
Difficulty: 3/5

Hornstrandir Traverse (3 days/2 nights) - 124900 ISK per person, min 2/max 8 pax.
Bi-weekly departures every Tuesday & Saturday from 3rd June-26th August.
Difficulty: 3/5

Lost Fjords (6 days/5 nights) - 231900 ISK per person, min 2/max 8 pax
Dates: 19th June-24th June, 3rd-8th July, 17th-22nd July, 31st July-5th August, 14th-19th August
Difficulty: 4/5

In 2017 we offer the following main selection of Hornstrandir multi-day hiking tours:

 

Hornvik Height & Sights (2 days/1 night)
This is a light-carry hiking tour where participants are not required to carry tents & equipment, only food and personal items. It is a short and efficient "highlights" tour of Hornstrandir.
Day 1
- Morning boat departure. Enter the Hornstrandir nature reserve via Veidileysufjordur fjord. Hike over the Hafnarskard mountain pass and down into Hornvik bay. Overnight in Hornvik.
Day 2 - Morning hike along the spectacular Hornbjarg cliffs. Early afternoon departure back to Isafjordur.

 

Hornstrandir Traverse (3 days/2 nights)
This is a light-carry hiking tour where participants are not required to carry tents & equipment, only food and personal items. It is very much an active adventure but offers more time for relaxing and flexible choices than our other tours.
Day 1 - Morning boat departure. Sail along the entire northern coast of Hornstrandir and enter the nature reserve in isolated Hornvik creek. Trek to Kalfatindar peaks, the top of the spectacular Hornbjarg cliffs. Stay two nights camping in Hornvik.
Day 2 - We take a circle hike along the inner side of Hornbjarg, over a mountain pass to the beautiful coastline hugging Hornbjargsviti lighthouse and then back again to Hornvik via a different route, before wrapping up the day with a nice beach barbecue.
Day 5 - We leave Hornvik bay behind and trek back over to Jokulfirdir via the Hafnarskard mountain pass. Late afternoon boat transfer from Veidileysufjordur fjord back to Isafjordur.

 

Lost Fjords (6 days/5 nights)
This is a full fledged backpacking tour where participants are required to carry tents & all equipment, in addition to personal items, and we take some of the more demanding trails in the nature reserve. The tour makes use of regular food drops to ease the carryload. It is the most challenging of our tours.
Day 1 - Morning boat departure from Isafjordur. Enter the Hornstrandir nature reserve via Hesteyri village. Hike over the mountain pass to Latrar in Adalvik and spend the night.
Day 2 - Latrar to Fljotavik, with a de-tour to Straumnesfjall mountain. Overnight in Fljotavik.
Day 3 - Fljotavik to Hloduvik via a few mountain passes. Overnight in Hloduvik.
Day 4 - Hloduvik to Hofn in Hornvik. Stay two nights in Hornvik.
Day 5 - Today we admire the spectacular Hornbjarg cliffs, and also explore the lighthouse at Latravik & the inner part of Hornvik creek.
Day 6 - We leave Hornvik bay behind and trek back over to Jokulfirdir via the Hafnarskard mountain pass. Late afternoon boat transfer from Veidileysufjordur fjord back to Isafjordur.

 

Private tours can be arranged on request. Please note that we only arrange self-guided hiking trips to Hornstrandir if you can demonstrate very strong experience and abilities. The best option for the vast majority of travellers is to hire a local company for guiding & preparations - this is in the interest of your safety and enjoyment, the natural environment and responsible Hornstrandir travel.

Included:

Hornvik Height & Sights:

- Boat ride into the Nature Reserve and back
- All meals except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 2
- Accommodation in the basecamp in Hornvík (tents, mattresses and sleeping bags provided)
- Professional guide
- All activities described in the itinerary

Hornstrandir Traverse:

- Boat ride into the Nature Reserve and back
- All meals except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 3
- Accommodation in the basecamp in Hornvík (tents, mattresses and sleeping bags provided)
- Professional guide
- All activities described in the itinerary

Lost Fjords:

- Boat ride into the Nature Reserve and back
- All meals except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 6
- Tents, cooking gear etc
- Professional guide
- Transport to and from Ísfjörður airport (for groups over 4 people)
- All activities described in the itinerary

To bring:
 
- Thermal underwear, at least two sets of shirts
- Wool or fleece thermal mid layer
- Hiking pants. We recommend no cottons as they take long to dry if wet.
- Waterproof and breathable pants and jacket for hiking onshore.
- Wool/fleece hat
- One pair of gloves
- 2 to 3 pairs thick wool/synthetic socks
- Hiking boots (Vibram sole). Need to be high up on the ancle for support
- Sleeping bag. Summer rated, around +5°C is enough. Down bags are the best since they are light and pack really well.
- Sleeping mattress. The light inflatable ones are the best.
- Dark sun glasses
- Sunscreen / after sun cream
- About 50-60L backpack That can take all your personal belongings, including the sleeping bag and yo share of food.
- Small binoculars is nice to have for watching wildlife.
- Personal medical kit to include personal medication and i.e. band aids, throat lozenges, lip salves, second skin for blister etc. Don't forget regular medication you may need (e.g. Asthma, bring your inhaler, even if you do not always need it).
- 1 litre water bottle
- Don't forget your camera!
 
Try to keep your pack as light as possible but still take what you need but maybe not all that you want! Pack your spare clothes and sleeping bag in a dry bag or plastic bags. Pay good attention to your hiking shoes and that they are waterproof and up for the task ahead. You hiking shoes need to be high up on the ankle for good support.