Strandir in the West Fjords

Hornstrandir in West fjords of Iceland
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Highlights:

  • Most beautiful hiking area in West Fjords
  • Scenic landscapes, mountains and fjords
  • Krossneslaug swimming pool with stunning arctic sea view

Description:

Strandir is one of Iceland's secrets - the peaceful fjords with magnificent mountains that catch your eyes. Sun reflecting on the sea and mysterious fog touches the mountain tops just to remind you of the magic in the air. Seals, birds, a single surprised sheep or a curious horse welcome you together with the very few remaining inhabitants of the tiny villages along the way. We will go on short or long hikes in the footsteps of farmers who used to walk the heaths to get provisions or doctor's help for their families, we visit deserted houses, go swimming in the great hot pool at Krossneslaug and maybe go fishing for supper. And if you need something, the local shop is open two hours a day. A culinary experience is also awaiting you at the local restaurant. Accommodation is in a small hotel just by the harbor.

 

Daily Itinerary:

  • DAY 1

    We depart from Reykjavik, and as we enter the Westfjords our eyes will be treated to a feast of landscapes as we drive by the ocean. We'll have the chance to take some nice photographs and go for a short hike. Soon we start seeing some fjords and migratory birds. In the evening we go for a warm swim in a thermal swimming pool with gorgeous views to the Arctic Ocean.

    DAY 2

    After breakfast we enjoy the surroundings by taking a walk on the beach but then we climb into our minibus and head still further to the remains of a huge decayed herring factory from the early sixties. It reminds us that this remote place used to be full of life and laughter and love – that lasted though only a few years as the herring disappeared. From Ingólfsfjörður we drive on to Ófeigsfjörður – where the road ends - a farm where few people live during summertime. We walk along river Hvalá and stop at the beautifull waterfall Hvalárfoss and hike up to the hill above the fjord and experience the heaths of the West Fjords, trying to imagine life a little more than half a century ago when people walked these heaths from one side of the country to another. From here you can only continue by foot. No road, no people – just the ocean or the heath as far as you can see. You are alone in the world. Take a deep breath. Enjoy. When we get back to Norðurfjörður we have another go at Krossneslaug thermal pool where we soak in the hot water looking forward to another gorgeous meal by our hosts. The night is always young in Iceland!

    DAY 3

    Today we leave Norðurfjörður behind and head back south. We start the tour slowly, take a short hike in Bjarnarfjörður that is so rich of growth. This time we go into the village at Hólmavík where we have lunch and walk around and visit the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft. From Hólmavík we follow the coast line to the bottom of Hrútafjördur fjord, stopping at two places where the boats sailed for America in the late 19th century.

Availability:

  • Summer
Duration: 3 Days

Difficulty:

  • Rated 2 out of 5 or Easy

Pickup:

  • Yes

Ratio:

  • Maximum 18 participants
Price: ISK 79,900 per adult

Included:

  • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • Guided tour in a minibus
  • 2 nights of accommodation in a country hotel with breakfast
  • Admission fee to the geothermal pool

Not included:

  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner)

What to bring:

  • Warm clothes
  • Hiking shoes (may rent from us)
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Camera

Pickup times:

  • 9:00 AM

Departures:

  • 09:30 AM

Operates:

  • Mondays

Extra's:

  • Rent hiking shoes (non refundable) - ISK 1,000 p. pers

Good to know:

  • The itinerary can vary between trips. Our guides evaluate circumstances and take the best informed decision possible.

Booking

All bookings for this tour are made upon request via webform below