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Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

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The quiet place

Sailed and hiked here and loved it! Stunning valleys, fjords and hills. The trails are easy to... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2018
Anna L
Helsinki, Finland
amazing place

the most beautiful place in Iceland in good weather, very hard to be there in bad weather. west... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2018
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Located in the northernmost part of the Westfjord peninsula, which was inhabited from the 9th century, this is a birdwatcher and hikers' paradise.
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Bolungarvik, Iceland
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

Weather left much to be desired - would love to come back again for a day trip/tour and see the sun shining in the fjord.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank themusicalwanderer
Reviewed 4 July 2018

Sailed and hiked here and loved it! Stunning valleys, fjords and hills. The trails are easy to locate and navigate. The weather can be a bit rough, but well worth it - just be prepared for any type of weather.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Anna L
Reviewed 11 May 2018

the most beautiful place in Iceland in good weather, very hard to be there in bad weather. west tours is a very well organised company to get there.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank stigurs
Reviewed 8 September 2017

If you have the time then this nature reserve is a must. We took a ferry to one side, and hiked to the other from which we grabbed a ferry back. On this 2 day adventure we saw orcas, whales, seals, arctic foxes and an...More

Date of experience: August 2017
4  Thank native-travels
Reviewed 26 July 2017

The deserted and demolished village of Hesteyri with its sad little church remnants & relics of fishing industry etc. was the centre of a delightful visit by boat to this remote area. The highlights for me were the striped sandy beach gay with wild flowers...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Frances S
Reviewed 6 July 2017

We took the 9AM ferry to Hornstrandir and landed in Saebol. After a 500-600m ascent (not too hard), we got to the cliffs. The hike was about 8-9 miles. Ronja. our guide from Borea Adventures, was great. Note: Take windproof pants :). It can be...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank ManiMa
Reviewed 3 August 2016

As others have already mentioned, this trip is a bit of a bust if the weather is poor. Unfortunately, we did it on a rainy day in late July 2016 that turned the trail to a mud slick and obscured what I'm sure would have...More

Date of experience: July 2016
3  Thank Lesley G
Reviewed 19 July 2016

This was our best excursion in Icealnd. Best weather would be June, I think. Trip is only once a week so book ahead. Absolutely breathtaking. Best landscape view in the world....really.....breathtaking!

Date of experience: June 2016
3  Thank daysofsail
Reviewed 4 January 2016

The remote Hornstrandir nature reserve, covering 600sq km offers a paradise without equal for hikers and nature lovers. No roads just plenty of wild flowers, birds and natural beauty. Hesteyri is an old fishing village in the nature reserve Hornstrandir which is on the furthest...More

Date of experience: June 2015
2  Thank 655oriste
Reviewed 18 September 2015 via mobile

A few friends and I went backpacking in Hornstrnadir for three days. The place is beautiful and an excellent place to go for any outdoor adventurers. Be aware that Hornstrandir is wilderness! If you choose to go on a multi day backpacking trip you need...More

Date of experience: June 2015
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1 December 2017|
Response from vickyj2017 |
I d like to to go to hesteyri but I don't have enough money for the boat. Is there someone who has a tip to go there with cheaper ticket?
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11 June 2016|
Response from 655oriste | Reviewed this property |
HI, You need more than one day, but you can always start walking and enjoye the magnificent views and see what you can achieve in a couple of hours and return to camp if not.