Exciting 10-Hour Arctic Fox Watching Tour in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve from Isafjordur

An arctic fox at Hornstrandir Nature Reserve looks at a photographer's camera.
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Tour starts
Bræðraborg, Aðalstræti, Ísafjörður, Iceland
Duration
10 hours
Difficulty
Easy
Languages
English
Available
Jun. - Jul.
Minimum age
None

Description

Experience the best place to see arctic foxes in Iceland by booking this ten-hour wildlife tour of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. The small-group xtour is perfect for nature lovers who want to see arctic foxes up close while enjoying the unspoiled nature of Hornstrandir. 

Your journey will begin in the town of Isafjordur at the tour operator's office in the morning. You'll meet your friendly, expert guides, then ride a passenger ferry to Kviar lodge, a restored farmhouse close to a fox den. 

The boat ride will take around an hour, during which you will marvel at the mountain cliffs and fjords of Westfjords. Lucky travelers might also spot a range of seabirds and maybe even dolphins and whales.

Once you land at Kviar, your tour guide will tell you stories about the area, its history, and its inhabitants. They'll also share information about arctic foxes. 

Before starting the activities, however, you'll be served bread and soup to fuel your energy. 

The Hornstrandir Nature Reserve has been devoid of permanent human settlers since the 1950s due to its remote location and brutal winters. This situation has allowed arctic foxes and other wildlife to flourish in this area without fear of people. 

The itinerary for this small-group wildlife tour is pretty open and flexible. Sometimes you can catch the foxes playing outside the farmhouse immediately, though you may have to spend some time looking for them. 

Due to this flexibility, you can choose to focus on photographing arctic foxes, take a little hike, or relax. 

Unfortunately, guides can't promise you'll see arctic foxes during your Hornstrandir tour. Arctic foxes are wild animals, and many factors can affect where they will go, such as the season and the weather. 

Due to the abundance and curiosity of these animals, however, your chances are excellent. Even between sightings, you'll be blessed with views of one of the world's most breathtaking corners.

While at Hornstrandir, you can also enjoy some birdwatching activities. Some of the birds common in the area in summer include arctic terns, puffins, black guillemots, and sea eagles. 

You can also explore the vicinity while hiking. A trail leads into the valley behind the farmhouse, where you can get a great view of a waterfall. 

In the afternoon, you will eat a delicious supper prepared by the guide before riding the boat back to Isafjordur. 

Enjoy the pristine nature of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve and meet friendly arctic foxes during this wildlife tour in Westfjords. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

Boat ride to and from the destination
Professional guide
Soup and bread before embarking on a hike
Dinner
Small group tour (minimum of 2, and maximum of 10)

Activities

Hiking
Sightseeing
Boat Trip

What to bring

Warm outdoor clothing (avoid cotton)
Waterproof pants and jackets
Waterproof high-top hiking boots
Hat and gloves
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Sunhat
Small backpack
Snacks for the trip
Water bottle
Camera

Good to know

- Participants should be at the meeting place at least 30 minutes before departure. Departure time is 09:00 a.m.

- The trip is suitable for almost all ages.

- Meeting point is at the operator's base, at Adalstraeti 17, Isafjordur.

- The trip is suitable for families.

- Arctic foxes are wild animals, and the operator makes no guarantee that the group will see them. But the operator and guide will try their best to know their whereabouts.

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