Inspiring 1-Hour Boat Ride to Veidileysufjordur from Isafjordur in the Westfjords

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Ísafjörður, Iceland
1,3 hours
May - Sept.
Minimum age


Explore the rich flora and fauna of Iceland’s Hornstrandir Nature Reserve on this boat ride to Veidileysufjordur from Isafjordur. If you want a safe and fast passage between these two locations in the Westfjords, this one-hour and 15-minute boat trip is your best option.

This one-way boat trip to Veidileysufjordur starts in Isafjordur, the capital of the most remote region of Iceland. You can wait at the Mjosund meeting point of the Isafjordur port, as your boat will depart from this area.

To prepare for your sea adventure and exploration of the nature reserve, don’t forget to dress warmly in a jacket and warm layers. Although your boat ride takes place in summer, the weather in Iceland remains cold and unpredictable.

Once settled in the boat, your 1.25-hour journey to Veidileysufjordur begins. The sea travel might be quick, but it’s enough to marvel at the picturesque sceneries of the Westfjords.

You’ll find spacious seats in your boat accommodating at least 30 passengers. The expedition is operated by a crew of friendly and professional locals who’ll give you a safe and enjoyable experience. At any given time during the tour, you can ask them for assistance or questions.

From Isafjordur, the boat will pass through the deep blue waters of the Isafjardardjup fjord. With its massive size, Isafjardardjup is also composed of smaller fjords that are equally stunning. 

If the weather is favorable during your trip and with a bit of luck, you may spot species of whales and dolphins along the way. If not, the breathtaking views around you are enough to satisfy your sightseeing needs.

Before arriving at your destination, the boat may quickly stop at Hesteyri, an abandoned coastal village in Hornstrandir. This short stop is only possible if some passengers on your trip booked Hesteyri as their drop-off point.

Soon after, you’ll arrive at the awe-inspiring Veidileysufjordur fjord of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. The boat will drop you off at the fjord’s beach, an Icelandic cove swarming with greenery and towering cliffs.

Once you disembark from the boat, your boat ride from Isafjordur to Veidileysufjordur ends. Whatever purpose you have in visiting the nature reserve is your responsibility and not part of your tour ticket.

Most visitors to Veidileysufjordur and Hornstrandir Nature Reserve are hikers and photographers who want to see the unspoiled nature of Iceland. For example, going through the hiking trails from Veidileysufjordur to Hornvik bay allows you to get close to the impressive cliffs, valleys, and wildlife of the nature reserve.

With no permanent human settlements in Hornstrandir, Arctic foxes, puffins, and other seabirds are thriving freely.

Please note that this boat ride is one-way and doesn’t include your return trip to Isafjordur. To avoid encountering problems, consider booking a boat trip from Veidileysufjordur or other points of Hornstrandir back to Isafjordur ahead of time.

Enjoy the diverse nature and wildlife of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve on this boat trip to Veidileysufjordur from Isafjordur in the Westfjords. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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One-way boat ride to Veidileysufjordur 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 Veidileysufjordur 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 Hesteyri if there will be passengers departing in this cove.

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