Hornstrandir Traverse

Hornstrandir Traverse

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Hornstrandir Traverse

3 Days Starting and ending in Hornstrandir

Visiting: Hornstrandir

Tour operator:

Borea Adventures

Tour code:

6964

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

DEMANDING

Age range:

Min age:14

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Tour Overview

Join us on a journey through the wild landscapes of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, where we show you the best of what the area has to offer in a small group of like-minded adventurers. The whole area is rich in history and wildlife that is nowhere to be seen elsewhere in Iceland. Millions of seabirds soar the cliffs in the summer and Arctic Foxes roam the land and are very curious. While hiking around the area, our guides will tell you stories of the people that lived there until it was abandoned soon after WWII. We spend the two nights in our very cozy basecamp in the bay where you get your own bed in a big two-person tent. Gourmet dinners and social gatherings take place in our big mess tent where you can share the day’s adventure with your fellow travelers. You should definitely put Hornstrandir Nature Reserve on your bucket list. All camping gear and food is supplied and you only need to bring a small backpack for your personal belongings.

Highlights

  • Join us on a journey through the wild landscapes of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, where we show you the best of what the area has to offer in a small group of like-minded adventurers

  • The whole area is rich in history and wildlife that is nowhere to be seen elsewhere in Iceland

  • Millions of seabirds soar the cliffs in the summer and Arctic Foxes roam the land and are very curious

  • While hiking around the area, our guides will tell you stories of the people that lived there until it was abandoned soon after WWII

  • We spend the two nights in our very cozy basecamp in the bay where you get your own bed in a big two-person tent

  • Gourmet dinners and social gatherings take place in our big mess tent where you can share the day’s adventure with your fellow travelers

  • You should definitely put Hornstrandir Nature Reserve on your bucket list

  • All camping gear and food is supplied and you only need to bring a small backpack for your personal belongings

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Veiðileysufjörður
Location: Hornstrandir

Please meet your guide at our office in Aðalstræti 17 (downtown main street) one hour before departure, where we will answer any questions and make final preparations. We depart from the harbor in Ísafjörður on our passenger ferry.

The ride to Veiðileysufjörður takes between 1 and 2 hours and en-route you can see the coastline of Snæfjallaströnd and the South side of the Hornstrandir peninsula. You should keep a sharp lookout for whales that frequently visit the bay.

We land in the head of the fjord and start to make our way over to Hornvík. The hike takes us up to 520 meters and through Hafnarskarð Pass. There is usually some snow in the pass, but we take it easy and enjoy the panoramic view along the way. From the top of the pass, we see over the whole of Hornvik Bay with its jagged peaks along the cliff’s edge. Truly a wonderful view. We then start to make our descend towards our basecamp where we will enjoy a well-deserved home-cooked meal.

Distance: 12 km.
Altitude gain: 550 m.

Day 2 : Látravík
Location: Hornstrandir

After a hearty breakfast, we start on today’s hike by heading over the Kýrskard Pass and down to the lighthouse in Látravík, where we´ll have lunch and enjoy the rugged scenery. We continue along the cliffs and through Almenningar pass where we stand at the edge of the cliffs. We get a good view over the whole of Hornvík bay as we head down Innstidalur Valley and down to the coast.

There is a good chance to spot Arctic foxes on this hike since there are dens along the cliffs and the parents are busy hunting for their cubs.

The next stop is Drífandi waterfall, where stories of polar bear encounters will be told. Polar bears sometimes swim or drift all the way from east coast of Greenland to these bays and struggle for survival where nothing can be hunted. We’ve now done a good circle and will be rewarded with a delicious dinner and rest our legs in our base camp.

Distance: 15 km.
Altitude gain: 500 m.

Day 3 : Hornvík
Location: Hornstrandir

We make an early start by heading towards the old farm of Horn and shoulder our daypacks for a hike up to Hornbjarg bird cliffs. Our first stop is the very tip of Horn where the view over the whole bay is breathtaking. We continue along the grassy slope next to the cliff’s edge up to Mt. Miðfell, while watching the thousands of birds that nest in the cliffs in the summer, soaring all around us. The last part is up a pretty steep grass slope but nothing to be worried about. You’re in safe hands.

We then drop down to Miðdalur Valley where we get a good look down the sheer face of the cliffs. This is where the hard men in Hornvík bay used to rappel down hemp ropes to collect eggs. Each summer they collected thousands of eggs to survive the long winter months.

We continue to the small lake in Miðdalur where whooper swans reside during the summer and kittiwakes come in hundreds to bathe in the lake each day, an impressive sight. Next, we walk over the ridge of Múli before heading down to the shoreline and back to the farm. We say final goodbye to Hornvik and our friendly foxes when the boat picks us up around 3pm for a boat ride back to Ísafjörður.

Distance: 14 km.
Altitude gain: 450 m.


This itinerary is a guide only and is subject to change depending on the weather, sea conditions and the ability of the group.

What's Included

· Boat ride to and from Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
· All food
· Accommodation at our comfortable basecamp
· Professional guide

What's Not Included

· Travel to and from Ísafjorður prior to and after the trip
· Food on the first day until the trip departs
· Personal medical insurance
· Personal equipment and clothing

Requirements

Remember that everything you bring you will have to carry on your back for the final day of the hike. Try to pack as light as possible while still bringing everything you need.

Please note that we provide the tents, sleeping bag, mattress and pillow and you will not need to carry any of this with you. However, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag liner and pillow cover.

Warm outdoor clothing including hiking pants and warm upper layers. Please avoid cotton as it keeps you cold when wet and takes a very long time to dry.
Waterproof jacket and pants.
Hiking boots. Please use waterproof high-top hiking boots, which provide ankle support.
Hat and gloves.
Small backpack.
Personal medical kit i.e. band aids, throat lozenges, lip salves, seasickness tablets etc. Don't forget your personal medication, which you may need (e.g. Asthma inhaler, even if you don’t always need it).
Binoculars are nice to have for watching wildlife. (Optional).
Sun glasses.
Sunscreen and after sun cream.
Water bottle.
Sleeping bag liner and pillow cover.
Don't forget your camera!

Reviews of this Operator

Hanne  

3 days trip with a group

02-Nov-2021

Borea adventures is definitely the right choice for anyone wanting to experience Hornstrandir. They have good guides, good gear, good boats, accommodation. We enjoyed 3 days of hiking and kayaking and frequent encounters of arctic foxes. Weather in September was not very favorable to our plans, so I would recommend going there during summer. Kviar Lodge was very cosy and Runar prepared excellent meals.

Scott D Slater  

Wonderful

29-Aug-2021

This is a superb organization, and an amazing place. Simply stunning. An experience we will never forget. Our two day trip was the highlight of our time in Iceland, and the staff of Borea went beyond expectations. We can't stop thinking about it, and I am ready to go back! It goes without saying, that Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is beyond beautiful. But, we also found the staff of Borea skilled not only in their knowledge of the area and nature, but in their understanding of people. They were very helpful in some of the challenging moments of the hikes.

Remco T.  

Hornstrandir; food, loads of flowers and birds... And fox paw prints

18-Jul-2022

We booked this trip some while back from home in the hope to see the arctic fox. **spoiler** we didn't see any... Just paw prints... But it didn't really matter, we were in a small group of 4 people and the guide and perfect weather. We learned so much about the (edible) flowers, birds and the foxes in Hornstrandir. Also a bit of extra history about the place itself. Just an amazing experience. So thanks Birte(hope i got that right) for the amazing and wonderful tour!

Kipp M.  

The perfect Iceland adventure!

03-Aug-2022

Wow, what a pleasant surprise! I booked a 6 day kayak tour, hoping for the best. And honestly, the best is what I got! All of the paddlers, 4 of us clients and the guide, were competent and prepared paddlers. The tour was wonderful. A combination of tent camping and staying in amazing historical and remote buildings. The setting was what I had dreamed of. Wildlife sightings were abundant. Brendan Jackson, our guide, was safe and knowledgable with out being the least bit stifling. I'd paddle with him anytime!

Giles_Charter  

The Paddle in the Wild Kayak trip - beautiful, excellent and well organised

25-Oct-2017

Did the 6 day (effectively 5.5 days in practice) trip over the summer and loved it. One to treasure. The guides were both very competent and full of stories, which is the right combination. The level of kayaking was well judged, with an early orientation paddle followed by a couple of easy but beautiful days, so that by the time we were doing some more exposed and bigger crossings we were all confident and rocking the open waters! Superb fun.

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