Hornstrandir Nature Reserve | Day Tour in the Westfjords

Hornstrandir Nature Reserve | Day Tour in the Westfjords
Explore the snowscapes of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in the Westfjords.
Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is the most remote part of Iceland.
Hornstrandir in the Westfjords has a wealth of flora and fauna.
A traveller crossing a river in Hornstrandir in the Westfjords in summer.
Enjoy a summer barbecue in Hornstrandir in the Westfjords.
Hiking in Hornstrandir in the summer reveals beautiful views of the Westfjords.
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Visit the most remote, untouched part of Iceland with this day tour to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. This excursion should not be missed by travellers to the Westfjords eager to seek beautiful landscapes and a wealth of flora and fauna.

The tour begins in the capital of the Westfjords, Ísafjörður, where you will meet your guides and group. Once you have all made your introductions, you’ll walk down to the harbour where a speedboat is waiting for you. You’ll board, then set off through the spectacular fjords of this region, across stunning seas in the shadow of ancient mountains.

On this journey, you may start seeing some of the bountiful wildlife that defines this area. Seals live all throughout the Westfjords, there are many species of bird, and you might even spot a whale or dolphin.

You’ll disembark once you reach one of the fjords of Hornstrandir. This Nature Reserve was all but abandoned in the last century, and now nature has almost entirely taken over. The region is defined by its arctic flora, is dramatic sea-cliffs and its Arctic Foxes. They are protected here, and have very little fear of people, making it an absolute dream destination for wildlife photographers.

You will walk along old trails, over rolling hills and through verdant nature, as you explore the reserve. You will stop somewhere along the way for lunch, which you will bring with you. While conditions will dictate as to where you have this, the intention is to do so at a vantage point over the spectacular oceans.

After an afternoon of more exploring, you’ll reach an old farmhouse, where a delicious Icelandic dinner will be prepared for you.

Once you are satisfied with both your meal and your incredible day, you’ll return to the speedboat for the journey back to Ísafjörður.

Visit Iceland’s most remote region. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Sep.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Attractions: Westfjords, Hornstrandir, Ísafjarðardjúp, Ísafjörður
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00.

Aðalstræti 17, Ísafjörður

Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure. If you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • Transfer

  • Boat tour

  • Expert guide

  • Dinner

  • Lunch and snacks for the hike

What to bring:
  • Day backpack

  • Water Bottle

  • Warm, waterproof clothes

  • Hiking Boots

Good to know:

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The trip was really awesome - our guide was really cool - a lot of great info - the hike wasn’t too bad - our guide walked it at a really good pace which made it not too hard - The dinner was also really nice - really cool place and definitely feel like you’re in the wilderness - The only issue I had was with the how much money it was
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The Guide knew a lot about the animals and Flora and did a good Job cooking our meal. But I was disappointed ... I booked a fox watching Tour in the beginning of the year and I suppose they changed the programm. It was a very simple hike, no steep coasts and not a single fox. We even had no lunch, as in my confirmation was mentioned we would get a typical Islandic lunch and then they had to buy a sandwich for us that we had some food.
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THINGS THEY DON'T TELL YOU So essentially, we were as prepared as the tour tells you to be on what to bring: day backpack, water bottle, warm/waterproof clothes, and hiking boots. I'm sure that this would be fine on the ideal, perfect day for this tour. Unfortunately, the day we went it was raining in the Westfjords. There were people in our group with better equipment and boots than us and even they were soaked by the end. The only person fully prepared was ONE of the guides, even the other one had his boots and socks wet. They really should tell you to prepare for the worst and you really just need the highest quality gear. Because it was raining our tour was pretty much pointless, since the whole peninsula was covered in clouds. This specific website doesn't specify which tour you are going on as well. When we got there we were asked if we're on the arctic fox tour or panorama tour, and I had no idea what the difference was. The description on this site doesn't mention multiple tours, but it didn't even matter since the other group didn't see any foxes either. On the other hand, there were no problems with the tour guides themselves, they knew a lot and were extremely helpful. I'm just blaming this website for not letting us prepare enough. I'm giving this only 2 stars since I still had a lot of fun, just was not what was advertised. This site needs to be a lot more specific with what can happen.
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