Fjords and Birdcliffs
Enjoy the luxury of hiking light between the most beautiful places in the Nature Reserve.
The West Fjords of northwest Iceland have a lot to offer adventure seekers. The area is sparsely populated with vast areas of untouched nature and beauty. It's fair to say that the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is truly the icing on the cake when it comes to unspoiled nature all the way from the coast to the highest mountaintops. In the northern most part are the huge bird cliffs of Horn and Hælavík with their large colonies of Kittiwakes, Common Guillemots (Murr), Razorbills, Puffins, and other seabirds. There is also a number of protected Arctic Foxes, some of them fairly tame around people.
Many of these bays and coves were inhabited throughout the last centuries but the area was abandoned in the 50's and 60's due to increased job opportunities and better quality of life in the surrounding towns. There are no roads, power lines or other manmade structures except a few summerhouses in some parts of the area and ruins of times gone by. Natures command of the area for the last fifty years makes it a very special place. Part of the Nature Reserve, is the Jökulfirðir area (Glacier Fjords); five fjords within one large bay, each one with its own special character.
We will stay two nights at the old farmhouse in Kvíar. It was a big farm up until 1948, when the family decided to do like the rest of the region's inhabitants and search for easier life in the towns along the coast. The house hasn't been in use since then, but we've now fixed it up and made it cozy and comfortable for our guests to stay, making it the perfect place to spend the first days in the Nature Reserve before heading on to even wilder locations.
Read about Kviar and the old abandoned farmhouse that was recently acquired, fixed up and put back to use.
You can be sure that trekking through Hornstrandir will leave you amazed and packed with memories that will last a lifetime.
Participants are required to arrive in Isafjordur the day before departure for some briefing and preparation.
The boat departs for Kvíar at 9:00, and takes approximately one hour. We then unpack and settle into our farmhouse and enjoy lunch outside, while observing arctic fox pups play in the nearby den. We then take a short day hike along the beach to Lónafjörður fjord, one of the least visited areas in Hornstrandir, but in our opinion the most impressive of all the Jökulfirðir fjord system. We then stop by our favorite campsite in Rangali and pick mussels from the beach to enjoy as a fresh appetizer before dinner, and a warm cozy stay back at the farmhouse in Kvíar.
After a hearty breakfast, we prepare for a full day trek. We hike to the top of Kvíafjall Mountain next to our farmhouse. From there we descend towards Bæjardalur valley and to the beach of Veiðileysufjörður fjord. We walk the beach towards the north, to Karlsstaðir where we'll have lunch and enjoy a nap in the grass. From Karlsstaðir we ascend the grassy hill to 300m, and then down Kvíadalur valley, ending with dinner and a warm bed at our farmhouse in Kvíar.
At Kvíar there are several options for side-activities. We keep kayaks there so we can also explore the area by sea. There is also good fishing for arctic char in the river next to the farmhouse and we can lend you fishing equipment!
We pack our private things in a light backpack and say goodbye to Kvíar. We hike up the ridge, towering over Lónafjörður fjord, giving us an amazing view over the fjord the whole time while we hike towards Rangalaskarð pass. From there we can see the impressive Kálfatindar peaks and Hornvík in its entirety, the icon of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. We then descend to the bay and to our camp by Hornsá River, near Horn. There we will be supplied with food, a kitchen-tipi and comfortable tents. We will prepare a nice dinner and enjoy the impressive surroundings before going to bed.
We use the whole day to explore the amazing Hornbjarg bird cliffs. First we walk past the old farm and all the way to the tip of the Horn, the end of Hornbjarg cliff. At Horn you feel like you're standing at the edge of the world. Laying on our stomachs and peering down 100m high cliffs, home to millions of nesting birds is an unforgettable experience. We then move along the cliff, heading over two ridges, gazing at the Kálfatindar peaks and Jörundur. In Innstidalur valley we hike through fields covered in flowers before we reach Almenningaskarð pass and descend towards Hornbjargsviti, a lighthouse in Látravík. From there we see the impressive Blakkibás waterfall dropping 20 meters straight into the sea. We then head up to Kýrskarð pass and then travel back to camp for the evening, enjoying a delicious dinner and sharing stories before heading to sleep.
We head towards Hvannadalur via Höfn and Rekavík. Rekavík means "Driftwood-Bay". This beach is covered with huge logs that have traveled from the forests of Siberia. In Hvannadalur, "Angelica-Valley", we get a great opportunity to see the other bird cliffs, Hælavíkurbjarg, from up close and below. We may be able to walk out to the Langikambur ramp, which reaches almost 100m out to the sea, giving us a unique perspective on the cliffs.
We will then return to our campsite, for a final dinner and sleep under the midnight sun.
During the last day, we will wake up and enjoy one more breakfast and pack our things. We leave tents and kitchen gear at the campsite, and only take our private things. We first walk towards Höfn and then up the valley to Hafnarskarð pass. We wave goodbye to Hornvík and walk down the path to Meleyri in Veiðileysufjörður. This will be where the motorboat will come and meet us for pick up at 15:00. We will arrive back in town two hours later.
We will not be back in time to catch the domestic flight from Isafjorður to Reykjavik. Guests will need to schedule flights the following morning or later.
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- Boat ride into the Nature Reserve
- All meals except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 6
- Tents, cooking gear etc
- Transport to and from Ísfjörður airport
- Travel to and from Ísafjörður, Iceland unless specifically mentioned in itinerary.
- Personal medical insurance
- Personal equipment as pr recommended equipment list.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Terms and conditions
The Borea Adventures trips/voyages are of an adventurous nature and to relatively remote places in Iceland, Greenland and other places. Borea Adventures makes best effort to stick to the planned itinerary but participants must appreciate and acknowledge that the trip/voyage requires considerable flexibility. The company and captain of the vessel reserve the right to adjust the itinerary without notice for reasons beyond their control such as weather, ice-conditions or other unpredictable or unforeseeable circumstances. Once departed on the voyage the captain will have final say on all decisions affecting safety etc and this must be accepted by all participants.
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