Green Cliffs Of Hornstrandir

A full day hiking in Iceland's most remote nature reserve

This tour will take us hiking in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve – an untouched Arctic wilderness at the northern tip of the Westfjord system. We will hike alongside a multitude of different animals, including seabirds, seals, Arctic Foxes and maybe even spot a whale in the fjord!

  • Availabillity
  • May-Sep
  • Duration
  • 11 hours
  • Total Distance
  • app. 15 km / 9.3 mi
  • Max. Ascent
  • 500 m / 1640 ft
  • Level
  • Challenging
  • Min. Age
  • 16 years
  • Price
  • 41 900

Highlights

  • A scenic boat ride over the fjord
  • Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
  • A British radar station from WWII.
  • The sheer cliffs of Grænahlíð
  • Breathtaking views across Ísafjarðardjúp bay
  • A good chance of seeing seals, Arctic Foxes and whales
  • A great number of bird species
  • Teistuvatn lake

What Is Included?

  • Professional guidance service
  • Boat ride both ways

This tour will take us hiking in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve – an untouched arctic wilderness at the northern tip of the Westfjord system.

We’ll visit an abandoned British Radar Station that was originally built in 1943 and was crucial to the allies in their fight against the Nazis. Alongside a multitude of different animals, including seabirds, seals, Arctic Foxes and maybe even a whale. The highlight of the day is when we reach the summit of the cliffs and are rewarded by sublime vistas over the entire Westfjords.

We’ll be dropped at the Slétta Beach – a golden expanse of sand that is frequented by playful seals. Then hike up the rugged Grænahlíð Cliffs – used as shelter by Atlantic fisherman who wanted some respite from the violent Atlantic storms. We’ll pass colorful arctic flora and fauna as we meander towards their summit, for spectacular views over Ísafjarðardjúp Bay and the sparkling blue Jökulfirðir Glacial Fjords. We’ll look out for the elusive Arctic Fox, who enjoy protected status on the island, making them much more confident around humans than their mainland cousins.

If you want to explore a remote nature reserve and escape the chaos of the modern world, then this is the perfect tour for you.

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15 km / 9.3 mi
Distance
500 m / 1640 ft
Ascent

Practical Info

  • Meeting point: Our office at Aðalstræti 17, Ísafjörður.
  • Departure: 09:00 AM. Be there half an hour before departure time.
  • Guaranteed departures: We have guaranteed departures every Thursday and Sunday.
  • Minimum age: 16 years.
  • Group size: We need a minimum number of 2 participants to operate the tour. Maximum group size is 8, but most of our tours are between 4–6 people.