Arctic Foxes & Midnight Sun

The bright Icelandic summer nights are the right time to see arctic foxes. During the day they stay in and around their dens. But at night, the foxes are more active and visible. The young pups play outside the dens while their parents hunt in the mountains or along the beach.

Kvíar is an old farmhouse in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. When people abandoned the area in 1948 with their livestock, arctic foxes became the only remaining land mammals. For 65 years they have roamed the fjords and bays, free from human disturbance, making them rather tame and playful.

Kviar is the only house in many kilometers radius, reachable only by boat. This summer we welcome our guests to spend a night in the old historical house and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, where nature has ruled for 65 years.

We leave by boat from Ísafjörður at 11:00 every Monday morning in July. We embark our speedboat Bjarnarnes, head over the big fjord and into the Jökulfirðir fjord system until we take land at Kviar. Now we have around 21 hours to spend in the surroundings of Kvíar. We walk up the valley and to the edge to get a panoramic view over the magnificent Lónafjörður fjord while keeping a close lookout for arctic foxes. Rich birdlife is also to be seen; anything from common species such as eider ducks, swans, oystercatchers and snipes to more rare ones such as the white tailed eagle.

We take it easy, have good dinner, observe foxes and have a nap at the old house. The boat comes and picks us up the next day roughly at around 10:00.

It's a unique opportunity to visit Hornstrandir in a relatively short timeframe, experience the midnight sun, learn about and feel the history of the area and see arctic foxes in their natural environment.

We respect the arctic foxes and realize that summer is their breeding time. Therefore we walk carefully, keep distance and follow guidelines and rules given by wildlife specialists.

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Guaranteed departures: Mondays in July

Duration of trip:

23 hrs

Minimum number of participants:

2

Maximum number of participants:

8


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Aug. - Oct.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Kayaking, Hiking, Boat Trip, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 12 years old
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Westfjords, Hornstrandir, Ísafjörður, Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 12:00

Departure location:
Ísafjörður
Included:
  • Transfer to and from the boat

  • Boat trips both ways

  • Local guide

  • All food

  • Accommodation in Kvíar


What to bring:
  • Sleeping bag

  • Warm clothes,

  • Hiking shoes

  • Small backpack and other personal items.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Getting to Kvíar


Arctic Foxes & Midnight Sun


We will take the boat Bjarnarnes from Ísafjörður harbour over to the Hornstrandir nature reserve in the morning. Our stop is Kvíar, between Veiðileysufjörður and Lónafjörður. From there we hike onto the mountain looming over Kvíar, the abandoned farmhouse we've renovated into a cozy little lodge for our guests. On the hike we feast on a lunch-pack that is made from scratch at our café, Bræðraborg, and when we finally get back to Kvíar, we cook ourselves a nice dinner, and have a relaxing evening in Kvíar.

There is a fox den close to Kvíar, and the foxes are curious, so we can take a leisurely stroll around Kvíar while waiting for the sun to reach it's lowest point, which is a magnificent sight in the remote nature reserve.

At the days end, the beds in Kvíar will be the perfect place to rest for the coming day.


Day 2 - Foxes & Activites


Arctic Foxes & Midnight Sun


After waking up to a hearty breakfast, we decide what to do for the day. There are some prime hiking routes close by, and we have a zodiac to get around. We'll do some kayaking, paddling into the head of Lónafjörður. We will take a slight detour along the way to check out a seal cove close by. After dinner we stay up to catch the 'sunset' again, and before heading to bed, we prepare for the departure back to Ísafjörður in the morning,


Day 3 - Heading Home


Arctic Foxes & Midnight Sun


After two days and two nights in the nature reserve, it's now time to head back to Ísafjörður. The boat picks us up in the morning, and we say goodbye to the foxes before jumping on the boat. Once back at the harbour you are free to do as you wish!


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