Overview

"Where the glacier meets the sky, the land ceases to be earthly, and the earth becomes one with the heavens; no sorrows live there any more, and therefore joy is not necessary; beauty alone reigns there, beyond all demands"  Halldor Laxness, World Light 1940.

Borea Adventures - is based in Isafjordur, the capital of the West Fjords in the North West of Iceland. We are offering adventure and wildlife tours based on a 60ft sailing yacht where the vessel will provide transportation, good accommodation and the perfect platform for all sorts of outdoor activities in beautiful surroundings.  We also offer trips kayaking around the Westfjords, pitching tents and camping, as well as excursions staying in our recently aquired farmhouse in Kvíar.



Our Philosophy

Calm water kayaking in Hornvik, Hornstrandir, Iceland
Calm water kayaking in Hornvik, Hornstrandir, Iceland

Borea Adventures is a small company, owned and operated by people who love being outdoors and enjoy the nature and culture of the North Atlantic. We like to share our experiences by giving people access to these areas through safe and fun filled adventure holidays.

Borea Adventures adheres to the principles of low impact, sustainable tourism. Our trips are "silent", as we try not to use any motorized vehicles. We like to encourage physical activity to suit any level of ability from easy sailing and hiking to exhilarating action sports.

We rely on local knowledge and respect local culture. We take great pride in using only guides with a thorough knowledge of the local nature and history. For our mouth watering cuisine we primarily use ingredients from the areas we travel in.

Our priority is to guarantee our guests enjoyable wilderness experiences in perfect harmony with the environment that supports us.



Area

The West Fjords of North West Iceland have a lot to offer adventure seekers looking for great experiences in higher latitudes. 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 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 entire 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 man made structures except a few summer houses in some parts of the area and ruins of times gone by.

The nature has been in command for fifty years and that makes the area very special. Part of the Nature Reserve, is the Jökulfirðir area (Glacier Fjords); five fjords within one large bay, each one with its special character.

The south side of Ísafjarðardjúp Bay is occupied by about 4,000 people in the towns of Bolungarvík, Ísafjörður and Súðavík and in a few isolated farms. There are seven fjords in this area and even if most of them have a road along its coast, they still provide many interesting opportunities for sports and wildlife watching. The two main islands in the bay are Vigur and Æðey. They are havens for seabirds and have large populations of Eider ducks, Puffins and Black Guillemot. The ice cap of Drangajökull is the only glacier in the West Fjords and the fifth largest in Iceland and is easily accessible all year around.

There is geothermal activity in a few places in Ísafjarðardjúp. Most prominently in the Reykjanes peninsula where there are hot springs and an outdoor swimming pool. There are also interesting underwater springs in the sea, close to the beach.



Weather

Contrary to popular belief, Iceland has very mild, coastal weather. The mild climate stems from the Gulf Stream. The weather is also affected by the East Greenland polar current curving southeastwards round the north and east coasts. But Iceland is definitely a country of variety when it comes to weather. It can vary from bright sunny days with endless blue skies to wind and rain and even snow or sleet in July - nothing is guaranteed.

The summer months of May to August are usually the easiest time for travelling in the Westfjords area. The Fall, Winter and Spring also provide their own exciting opportunities for adventures. In our opinion there is no such thing as bad weather, just different kinds of weather, providing new challenges to enjoy. A calm winter night at anchor in a remote fjord with cold, crisp air and magnificent northern lights racing across the sky is something you will never forget even if the next day brings a nasty snowstorm!

 

The average temperature in the summer is less than 10ºC with average highs in the mid teens, but we can also expect basically any kind of weather in any month. To mention a few extreme examples we could be enjoying leisurely sailing in +18ºC with hardly any snow in sight as people did on February 17th 1998 or on the totally opposite end of the spectrum fighting through extreme blizzards with -31ºC as people did on February 4th 1980. In the summer we could be basking in a heat wave with a temperature of +29ºC as we had on July 2nd 1991 or shivering in snow and -4ºC as on July 21st 1986.


"The most wonderful trip, perfect weather, blue skies, whales, seals, porpoise, so many birds and the arctic fox appearing “on cue”. "
- Francesca, Wales
"I will hold memories of this trip in my heart for a very, very long time. Your hospitality, knowledge, humour, conversation, generosity of spirit and of course - incredible food!"
- Claire, USA
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I had an unforgettable experience. Great food, unbelievable snow and weather, and the best company.

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- Matt, USA...
Welcome to the website for Borea Adventures, Iceland, your number one stop for Arctic adventures in high latitudes. We provide great adventures and expeditions in Iceland, Greenland, East Greenland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard (Spitzbergen), mainly using our spacious yacht, the Aurora. Our philosophy is to make our trips as silent as possible where we minimize the use of motorized power and encourage physical activities, whether sea kayaking, climbing, sailing, walking and hiking, wildlife, ski touring and backcountry skiing for beginners, experts and people of all ages. The North Atlantic is our playground and we offer scheduled trips for individuals and groups as well as customized itineraries and charter for groups. We travel in harmony with the wildlife of the area: Arctic Foxes, Birds, Seals, Whales and Polar Bears. Aurora is a sturdy expedition yacht and was raced four times around the globe as part of the Clipper Round the World yacht race under the ownership of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. She gives us a great opportunity to provide Arctic adventures in areas that are hard to reach otherwise. We call her our floating basecamp. Our name is derived from Greek mythology where Boreas was the god of the north wind. Aurora on the other hand was the Roman rosy-fingered goddess of dawn. Aurora Borealis is a name for the Northern lights which are common in our area. As we humans have proven through the decades, names can be hard to remember. Especially if a bit of alcohol gets passed around the galley too many times! You might spell our name Boreal Adventures, Borial Adventures, Borea Adventrues and Borealis Adventures. Thank you for visiting Borea Adventures.