Family-Friendly 4.5-Hour Sightseeing Tour in Hesteyri

A boat docks at the abandoned village of Hesteyri in the Westfjords of Iceland.
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Ásgeirsgata, Ísafjörður, Iceland
4,5 hours
May. - Sept.
Minimum age


Explore the abandoned village of Hesteyri in the Westfjords of Iceland when you book this incredible half-day guided excursion. Those eager to get off the beaten track and discover this secluded village's rich history and beautiful scenery should book this family-friendly tour now.

The tour begins at the meeting point, Asgeirsgata, in Isafjordur, the largest town in the Westfjords. You'll meet your guide and the rest of the guests, ready for a spectacular day ahead. 

This tour is suitable for all ages, including young children. It's a fantastic chance for kids to visit a remote area and enjoy an unforgettable excursion.

To reach Hesteyri, you'll board a boat, as this is the only way to get to the village. The boat ride from Isafjordur takes around 70 minutes, and you can admire the stunning scenery and landscapes surrounding you during the trip.

The waters of the Westfjords are rich in animal life. If lucky, you might spot seals, dolphins, or even a whale from the boat. Bring your camera to capture the beauty of the area.

When you arrive at Hesteyri, your guide will lead you on a walk around the village, telling you about its history. The coastal settlement was abandoned in the late 1940s when people living there decided to move away.

Hesteyri is the gateway to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, an area of unspoiled natural beauty that attracts hikers from all around the world. In the nature reserve, there are around 260 different species of plant life, some of which only exist here.

Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is also home to the arctic fox, the only mammal native to Iceland. You may even glimpse this spectacular creature while you're there as they have no fear of travelers.

During the tour of Hesteyri, you'll learn more about what it was like to live in this isolated area in Northwest Iceland. You'll visit the old doctor's house at the end of the walk and enjoy a light lunch of delicious soup.

This tour is for you if you want to get off the beaten track and away from the most popular tourist destinations. It's only available in the summer as only specially permitted excursions are allowed in the area during winter.

Take advantage of this incredible experience, exploring one of Iceland's most remote destinations and learning more about living here. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Boat ride to Hesteyri
Expert, English-speaking guide
Light lunch


Boat Trip

What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing
Good hiking shoes
Fully charged camera
Reusable water bottle

Good to know

This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

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