Easy 1-Hour Boat Ride to Hesteyri from Isafjordur in the Westfjords

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Ísafjörður, Iceland
1 hour
May - Sept.
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Embark on an easy and convenient trip in the Westfjords of Iceland by booking this one-hour boat ride to Hesteyri from Isafjordur. Travelers who want to explore the awe-inspiring diversity of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve should book a spot on this boat tour today.

Your one-way boat tour to Hesteyri starts at Isafjordur, the capital of the Westfjords of Iceland. Isafjordur lies on the beautiful Isafjardardjup, a fjord connected to the seas surrounding Hesteyri. This connection makes Isafjordur town the best place to reach the abandoned village of Hesteyri.

If you’re coming from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, you can reach Isafjordur by air or land. The flight to Isafjordur from Reykjavik takes about 45 minutes, while land travel covers nearly six hours, traversing 280 miles (450 kilometers) of the route.

Once in Isafjordur, you may head to the Mjosund area of the town’s port. Make sure to arrive minutes before your departure time to avoid delays and problems.

From Isafjordur, you’ll journey into Hesteyri onboard a comfortable boat with spacious seats. Your boat can accommodate passengers anywhere between 30 to 48. It also features two engines to make your ride fast yet remain safe.

As you venture into the deep blue fjord of Isafjardardjup, a breathtaking sea view surrounded by mountains on the horizon welcomes you. If luck is on your side, you may spot curious marine animals like whales and dolphins roaming around the fertile waters.

Soon after, the boat arrives at your destination. Hesteyri is an abandoned coastal village that serves as a summer resort for locals. There are no permanent settlements in this area, so there are also no shops or restaurants to see here.

Hesteyri is the main gateway of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, located on its southwestern end. Most travelers to the nature reserve choose Hesteyri to jumpstart hiking and photography tours because it’s the closest to the towns and villages of the Westfjords.

Hesteyri and Hornstrandir offer the best spots for those longing to see a thriving natural environment. Flora and fauna of these areas continuously thrive due to the absence of human settlements and grazing animals.

Millions of birds nest in the nature reserve during the summer, from puffins to guillemots and fulmars. A great number of Arctic foxes also reside here with no larger predators to hunt them down.

The most popular activity in Hornstrandir is hiking through its beautiful trails and landscapes. This Icelandic nature reserve features hiking courses that pass through stunning cliffs, mountains, and bays swarming with vegetation.

This tour only includes a one-way boat ride to Hesteyri. You should book your return trip to Isafjordur separately and ahead of time. In addition, no guided excursions such as hiking and photography are included in this package.

See the unspoiled beauty of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve by joining this one-hour boat tour to Hesteyri from Isafjordur in the Westfjords. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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One-way boat ride to Hesteyri from Isafjordur
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Boat Trip

What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothing with layers
Food, snacks, and water

Good to know

- The tour price only includes a one-way boat ride to Hesteyri from Isafjordur. Your return trip to Isafjordur and adventure tours to the nature reserve should be booked separately.

- The boat may take a brief stop in Grunnnavik if there will be passengers departing in this cove.

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