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Hesteyri

Hesteyri

In Hesteyri you’ll find well maintained traditional houses from around the 1900’s that are regularly used by the owners in the summer. A Norwegian whaling station was built in Stekkeyri close to the main village in 1894 and was in operation until 1915. Then it was turned into a herring plant that ran until late 1930’s. The factory still stands and the walk there is easy. There were about 80 inhabitants in Hesteyri at the high peak of the village in 1941 but declined fast in the next few years. In the early 1950’s all the remaining inhabitants made the decision to move away. Hesteyri is the main gateway for hikers heading into the nature reserve of Hornstrandir. The most popular walk is over to Aðalvík and over to Kjaransvík Bay in the North.

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Aðalvík Bay is one of the most beautiful places in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. The vegetation is surprisingly rich despite its Northern latitude and the valleys and beaches make the perfect setting for a great outdoor adventure.
It is only 30 minute boat ride to Grunnavík Bay – the perfect starting point for hiking on the South side of Jökulfirðir. There is also a chance to get simple accommodation and refreshments in a travel service in Sútarabúðir.
Hornvík Bay is the place where nature rules unchallenged. Two of the biggest cliffs in the North Atlantic that about 5-6 million seabirds call their home are placed here. Hornvík Bay is truly a nature’s lover paradise.
The fjord Veiðileysufjörður lies between Hesteyrarfjörður and Lónafjörður and no permanent habitation has been in the fjord for more than 100 years. The only remains of human presence is low grass walls after the whaling station and campers’ outhouse.