Hornvík Heights and Sights
Hike the heart of Hornstrandir, taking in all its beauty, Hornbjarg bird cliffs and history in a short time.
We start with a morning boat ride straight to Hornvík. The day will be spent exploring one of the biggest bird cliffs in the North Atlantic, enjoying panoramic views from mountaintops and relaxing on the beautiful sand beach.
During the evening hours we will observe the curious Arctic Foxes at play and relax comfortably in our big warm mess tent enjoying our coffee, tea and a freshly cooked dinner.
We will spend the night sleeping in cozy tents while the sun barely touches the water at midnight.
Only taking our private belongings with us, we will depart by walking up the valley to Hafnarskarð pass, where we will wave goodbye to Hornvík before walking down to Meleyri in Veiðileysufjörður to catch the speed boat back to town.
We start with a morning boat ride (9:00 AM) straight to the fjord of Veiðileysufjörður, where we walk up the valley floor to Hafnarskrað Pass where the view opens up over the bay of Hornvík. The hike takes us up to 500 meters and is on path most of the way. The last part up to the pass is usually on snow and is a little steep. We descend down to the bay and make our way to our basecamp in Hornvík and have a true Icelandic roasted lamb for dinner. Options for vegetarians also! The night will be spent in comfortable tents and we supply the tents, mattresses and sleeping bags.
We will wake up early and have a hearty breakfast, before circumnavigating the edge of the magnificent Hornbjarg bird cliffs. During the trek you will experience looking down the 400 meter cliffs (if you dare) seeing kittiwakes taking a bath in the lake under the cliffs, thousands of birds soaring the edge, arctic foxes searching for food on the beach or in the mountains and enjoy the magnificent view over this isolated and pristine place. We then make our way down to the beach for a boat pickup around 1:00 PM. Then we start a 2-3 hour boat journey where we can see the whole coastline of the nature reserve from a different angle. Arriving in Ísafjörður we walk up to our café for a farewell.
- Boat ride into and out of the Nature Reserve
- All meals and food while on trip
- Tents, cooking gear etc
- Professional guiding
- Transport to and from Ísfjörður airport
- Personal medical insurance
- Personal equipment.
How do we get there?
Starting point is at our café in Bræðraborg in the center of town. Short briefing will be held in the morning at 08:00.