Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is an untouched natural paradise that is rich in wildlife and history. Hiking in Hornstrandir is the perfect tour taking us to a diverse range of landmarks and landscapes, including an abandoned British Radar Station used in the Second World War, places to see different seabirds, and the glorious seascapes with rugged cliff nested on its edge where crashing waves from the Atlantic Ocean come and go.
Hiking in Untouched Icelandic Nature with rich wildlife and history
Duration: 11 Hours
Departure time: 9:00 a.m.
Group maximum: 8 (minimum 2)
Age limit: 16
- Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
- Sheer Cliffs of Graenahlid
- Ísafjarðardjúp fjord
- Traditional Icelandic Ferryboat Rides Included
- Lake Teistuvatn
- Old British Naval Radar Station
- Bay area of Aðalvík
- Knowledgable Local Guide
Meeting point: Our office at Aðalstræti 17, Ísafjörður
Included: Boat ride both ways, a professional guide.
Good to bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing such as fleece, waterproof jackets and pants, hiking boots, hat and gloves, sun glasses, sunscreen and aftersun cream, small backpack, water bottle, and a camera if you'd like.
Please note that we depart at 9 a.m., please be there half an hour before the departure time.
Starting at our office in Aðalstræti 17, a downtown main street, we will first go through our itinerary of the day with a brief Q&A for anybody who has questions. Then we will hit the road right away to the harbor at Ísafjörður to board the traditional Icelandic ferry.
The ride will take about one hour. We will be sailing through stunning fjords sceneries and spectacular mountain cliffs. It’ll be perfect for photography. Later, we will arrive at the picturesque Sletta Beach where you will see seals swimming or relaxing in their natural habitat.
Our hike soon begins shortly after by walking the meandering pathway to the lake Teistuvatn. It’s a tranquil lake where swam and seabirds swim or float on the icy-blue water. After an easy climb to a grass-carpeted cliff, we will pause at several rocky outcrops where we can look down to the boundary that is between the Atlantic Ocean and the land of Iceland. Many seabirds, such as Fulmars, Gulls, Guillemots and even some adorable Puffins, will accompany us by singing or flying to and from the cliffs. The sheer beauty of Icelandic nature will be imprinted in your memory forever.
Then, we will arrive at the old British Naval Radar Station to explore the history side of the day. Your guide will share his expert knowledge on this subject by telling a fascinating story that started in 1943. You will learn more about Iceland with insights and facts. Iceland’s position between Britain and the United States made it crucial to the war effort – as the allies needed to protect the convoys sailing up and down the Atlantic. The radar station is a maze of generators, warehouses, and barracks – giving you a fascinating insight into the technology of the times.
After an informative history wind-back, we will move towards the jeep tack down to the fascinating bay area of Aðalvík. The isolated scene is the ideal representation of Iceland’s untouched nature. On our way back, we will be on board of the ferry again and if we are lucky, the whales can be spotted, which is a wonderful ending for the quiet and active day.
*Please note that this itinerary may change according to the weather conditions and the ability of the group.