Hornstrandir Trek - 6 Day Backpacking Tour

Hiking in Remote Areas of the West Fjords

Hornstrandir Trek

Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is a magical place of untouched beauty and wildlife and the only way to access this hidden gem is by boat. You can be sure that trekking through the Hornstrandir will leave you amazed and packed with memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Duration
  • 6 days
  • Level
  • Demanding
  • Min. Age
  • 16 years
  • Accommodation
  • Tents/Camping
  • Price
  • 231 900

Highlights

  • Ísafjörður e. Isafjordur - The capital of the Westfjords
  • Straumnesfjall mountain
  • Hornstrandir nature reserve
  • Hornbjarg cliff
  • Aðalvík e. Adalvik
  • Veiðileysufjörður e. Veidileysufjordur

What Is Included?

  • Boat ride into the Nature Reserve
  • All meals except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 6
  • Tents, cooking gear etc
  • Guide
  • Transport to and from Ísafjörður airport

Tour Description

The Hornstrandir nature reserve is a place of magnificent untouched beauty and wildlife. The sheer basalt mountains stretch from the sea to the sky chaotically divided by deep fjords, secluded alcoves and valleys. At the coastline, the relentless power of the ocean has molded towering sea cliffs, richly populated by birds. Many of the alcoves and scurries of the coast are home to an abundance of seals. Inland the crawling glaciers of the last ice age have hewn ancient mountain passes and lakes into the rugged peninsula and there the arctic fox wanders in its natural environment.

Since the settlement of Iceland up until the middle of the 20th century the area was populated by the toughest of Icelandic fishermen and craftsmen. Many of them making their livelihood from crafting unsurpassed vessels for the North Atlantic Ocean. Hornstrandir is now empty of permanent settlers but their abandoned homes and workshops are scattered around the area, nestled deep in the fjords and valleys. You can be sure that trekking through the Hornstrandir will leave you amazed and packed with memories that will last a lifetime.

This tour is operated by a local tour operator in Ísafjörður, it's a company that we believe has the same safety and environmental standards as we do.

The tour is completely self-sufficient, we carry everything on our back, camp in the wilderness and cook our own food. Truly a wilderness experience!

*Note that domestic flights are not included. Domestic flights can be arranged for 39,900 ISK both ways or 19,950 ISK for one way.

*Those flying back to Reykjavik can catch a flight the following morning or later.

*Please note that the minimum number of participants: 4 persons. Maximum number of participants: 8 persons per guide. If there are less than 4 people in your group, contact us to see if there is a group that you can join

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Itinerary

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1

REYKJAVIK-ISAFJORDUR-ADALVIK

11 km / 6.75 mi
Distance

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2

ADALVIK-FLJOTAVIK

18 km / 11.25 mi
Distance

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3

FLJOTAVIK-HLODUVIK

18 km / 11.25 mi
Distance

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4

HLODUVIK-HORNVIK

12 km / 7.5 mi
Distance

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5

HORNVIK-HORNBJARG-HORNVIK

16 km / 10 mi
Distance

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6

HORNVIK - VEIDILEYSUFJORDUR - ISAFJORDUR

11 km / 6.75 mi
Distance

Practical Info

  • 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 ankle 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 your 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... and don't forget your camera!