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Trek in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve 2024

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6 days
Availability : 10
Min Age : 15 years
Max People : 12
Tour Details

Trekking in the Hornstrandir nature reserve. A unique chance to discover this remote area of Iceland well preserved and wild. Along the coast, the power of the ocean has created those steep cliffs where thousands of seabirds come every year to nest. 

Challenging level.

The Hornstrandir natural reserve is a superb natural site located in a remote and wild part of Iceland. The steep mountains in basalt stretch from the ocean to the sky, they are separated by deep fjords and isolated valleys. The fjords are home to numerous seals and seabirds. In the inland, glaciers from the last ice age have smoothed the mountains and formed lakes. Here the arctic fox is in his natural environment.

From the first settlers of Iceland to the 20th century, this region was only inhabited by fishermen and craftsmen who worked with what was given by the ocean. Hornstrandir is nowadays an uninhabited land where just a few abandoned houses attest this past. Hiking in this wild land will leave you some unforgettable memories, it’s also the best place to see the arctic fox!

Highlights of this trip
  • The Hornstrandir region. The West Fjords offer stunning wild and dramatic landscapes. This part of the country is the place of steep mountains, isolated beaches, deserted lands, deep fjords … This hike will be done in an intact wild natural environment. Your guide knows this region perfectly and will be able to guide you in the best possible way through the sometimes capricious elements of Iceland. A trek to meet the fauna, flora, Icelandic myths and traditions and its amazing landscapes.
  • Trek off the beaten tracks. During this stay you will feel like you are alone in the world… or almost. Indeed, this region of Iceland remains very isolated because it is difficult to access and only on foot, no tracks for cars, we are far from mass tourism. We should not meet many people, may be some seals or sheep!
  • Trek in small group.This stay is pleasant, pleasant and intimate. With your guide you will be in the company of other people but in a group not exceeding 12, which allows you to fully appreciate the atmosphere of the hike, the guide’s explanations, the walking pace. You will need to carry your personal belongings, equipment and food, so it is wise to travel light.
Our commitments
  • A selection of partners engaged in more responsible tourism.
  • An English speaking guide who knows Iceland and will make every minute of this trip worth it
  • We are contributing to the reforestation of Iceland with the planting of around 1 tree for 4 people.
  • The guarantee of working with a local agency.


  • Transport from Ísafjörður airport and boat crossings to the nature reserve at the beginning and end of the trek
  • English speaking hiking guide
  • full board from lunch D1 to lunch D6. The meals are prepared and cooked by the guide with the help of the group with preferably local products.
  • Loan of camping equipment: tent, mattress, kitchen accessories...

Not included

  • International flight from 200 € departing from Europe
  • Additional meals and nights before and / or after the trip
  • Personal cancellation and repatriation insurance


This trek starts in the North West of the country in Ísafjörður. You must be there in the morning of D1. To get there, it is better to take a domestic flight from Reykjavik the day before, which flies over Iceland in less than an hour, or we can also organize a self drive trip of a few days in autonomy, with travel book and accommodation reservations, vehicle rental, before or after the trek.

Note that the route of this trek is given as an indication, because very often we arrange the stages according to the weather and so as to improve the route to be as far as possible off the beaten tracks.

D1: Beginning of the adventure

The trek starts here in Ísafjörður. We leave in the morning in direction of Bolungarvik village where a boat will bring us to the charming little village of Hesteyri. From there, we leave the modern world for a wild region. There we can only hear the sound of the waves and the flow of the streams. The trek is going in direction of the neck of Hesteyrarskarð before we can go down on the other side to join the sea level. Night in Látrar.

D2: On the way to Atlastaðir bay

From Aðalvík we will make a small detour to the top of the mountain Straumnesfjall and have a chance to explore the old radar station. Built in 1953 by the American army, the place was abandoned in 1960 because of rough life conditions. We will continue in the direction of Fljótavík. To get to our final destination for the night we need to cross the river Atlastaðaós which can be tricky depending on the tide time. Night in Atlastaðir.

D3: From Fljótsvatn lake to Hlöðuvík bay

Our day will start with a gentle walk along the green riverbank of the lake Fljótsvatn. The landscape is gorgeous and surrounded by mountains. We need to cross them to get to the next stop Hlöðuvík. Night in Búðir. A night walk to Hælavík is possible for those who want.

D4: Across the mountains of Skálakambur

Today we walk in direction of the mountain Skálakambur following a path marked by cairns to Atlaskarð located at 327 meters in altitude. We will hike around mount Kollur before going down to Höfn in Hornvík located in the heart of the Hornstrandir reserve. This place is special, we will stay there 2 nights in order to be able to enjoy and discover it.

D5: The cliffs of Hornbjarg

There is nothing to compare with the beauty of Hornvík surrounded by steep cliffs where nest seabird colonies. Hornvík is an isolated place only accessible by foot or boat. We will walk along the cliffs of Hornbjarg to admire thousands of birds and were human being feel small in front of the power of Mother Nature. We will set our camp in Hornvík.

D6: Back to Ísafjörður

It’s time to go back to civilisation, we take the road in direction of the fjord Veiðileysufjörður. After crossing the mountain, we get to another pass following the beach and getting to Meleyri. From there we will take the boat again back to Ísafjörður. If you wish to enjoy a relaxing time there is no better place than the public pool! Free time to explore, relax, enjoy the town. Flight to Reykjavik and night in the center.


Good to know

  • Group size: small group of 6 to 12 members max, different nationalities.
  • Hikes: Level of this trek is challenging, you have to carry your personal gear, your camping gear and food. The area is accessible only by boat, therefore gear and food are not available at every stop, carrying the gear and food is sometimes required, a little price to pay to enjoy pristine and remote locations. There is approximately 6-8 hours of hike every day, you need to be in fit condition to maintain the rhythm and walk the itinerary. The day-by-day itinerary as it is indicated here can be modified or even reversed depending on natural circumstances (late or early heavy snow, eruption, river flooding, weather conditions…) The guide knows the field perfectly and is able to judge exceptional circumstances.
  • Transport: transport by minibus and boat from Ísafjörður to the beginning and end of the trek.
  • Accommodation:  Bivouac in tent, gear are provided except your sleeping bag which is not provided.
  • Food: Mostly local including lamb and fish. We are particularly concerned with offering well-balanced and nutritious meals. If you have a specific diet or food allergy, please clearly indicate this when registering.
  • Participation: Travelers are expected to give a little help and assist the guide in preparing meals and dishes at the accommodation.
  • Extension of your stay: Contact us. You may not be coming back to Iceland anytime soon, and extending your trip with a self-drive tour is the best option for getting the most of your stay. Do decide to extend your stay in advance, as it can be too late, once you already have your flights tickets.

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