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Hornvík

Hornvík

Hornvík Bay is truly a nature lover’s paradise. The lowlands is the prefect habitat for many species of waders like redshanks, golden plovers, redneck phalaropes and sandpipers to name a few. The bird cliffs of Hælavíkurbjarg and Hornbjarg are two of the biggest cliffs in the North Atlantic that about 5-6 million seabirds call their home in the short sub-Arctic summer. On these cliffs there are the world’s largest colonies of Common Guillemot and Brünnich Guillemot but also major populations of Kittiwakes, Razorbills and Fulmars. The cliffs are also nesting grounds for Puffins and many species of sea gulls. Gannets have also been spotted in the last few years. Why no day trips to Hornvik/Hornbjarg? We believe in tours that are paced with the rhythms of the reserve. The environmental cost of a day trip to Hornbjarg, and danger of running to catch a boat is not something we, the rescue team, or you want to endure! As a result, no day trips are organised for Hornvik. The king in this beautiful area is with no doubt the Arctic fox that is protected in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. They roam the mountains and along the beaches in search of food and are pretty relaxed around humans. You should hide your food while you’re away hiking! There are many breathtaking viewpoints in Hornvík that you should not miss during your stay.

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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.
Hesteyri is the main gateway for hikers heading into the nature reserve of Hornstrandir. In Hesteyri you will find well maintained traditional houses from around the 1900’s that are regularly used by the owners in the summer.
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.