Hornvík Height & Sights

Hiking Tour from Ísafjörður



Join us for a hike in the heart of Hornstrandir, taking in all of its beauty, including Hornbjarg bird cliffs and Hornvík bay.

When limited to only a couple days in Hornstrandir, the toughest part can be deciding where to go. Hornvík Bay is a clear favourite for many travellers and is our recommendation for the “I only have a couple days, where should I go?” traveller.
We totally recommend doing more than a day trip to the nature reserve as the nature takes on a different shape in the evenings. The Arctic Fox comes out from their dens searching for food, the midnight sun shines straight into Hornvík bay and it's very cosy to sit around the table in our basecamp enjoying a nice cup of tea talking to your fellow travellers.

The wildlife in Hornvík is amazing with over 6 million birds nesting on the cliffs, Arctic Foxes that are so relaxed that you can enjoy their company very close up and many species of waders that call the bay their home.



Boat ride to and from Hornstrandir the Nature Reserve

All meals and food while on trip

Accommodation at a comfortable basecamp

Professional guiding


Not included:

Travel to and from Ísafjörður prior to and after the trip

Personal medical insurance

Personal equipment and clothing

Food on the first day until the trip departs


Season: 7/6 - 8/9 2019

Departures: Fridays and Sundays at 09:00 

Tour length:  2 days

Minimum: 2 persons

Minimum age: 12 years

Maximum number of participants:  8 persons per guide. 

Price: 89.900,- ISK per person

Difficulty: Challenging

Disclaimer: All trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. BOREA/Westtours does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk.



Day 1

We meet at Aðalstræti 17 (downtown main street) at 8am for a briefing, where we will answer any questions and make final preparations. We depart from the harbour in Ísafjörður on the passenger ferry Bjarnarnes at 9am. 

After about an hour scenic boat ride over fjords and along mountain cliffs, we will be dropped off at the head of Veiðileysufjörður fjord. We begin by hiking along the valley floor to Hafnarskrað pass where the view opens up over the bay of Hornvík. The hike takes us up to 500 meters and is on a path most of the way. The last part up to the pass is usually covered with snow and is a little steep. Our guides will be there to help every step of the way. We descend down to our basecamp in the bay and enjoy Icelandic roasted lamb for dinner. The night will be spent in comfortable tents and we supply the tents, mattresses and sleeping bags.  

Distance: 11 km


Day 2

We will wake up early to a hearty breakfast before circumnavigating the edge of the magnificent Hornbjarg bird cliffs. During the hike you will experience looking down the 400 meter cliffs (if you dare) to see kittiwakes taking a bath in the lake under the cliffs, thousands of birds soaring the edge, Arctic Foxes searching for food on the beach and enjoy the magnificent view over this isolated and pristine place. We then make our way down to the beach for a boat pickup around 1 pm. We then make the 2-3 hour boat ride back to Ísafjörður. We arrive back in town at approximately 4pm, in time for the afternoon flight for those flying back to Reykjavík.

Distance: 10 km


What to bring:

Remember that everything you bring you will have to carry on your back for the entire hike. Try to pack as light as possible while still bringing everything you need.

Please note that we provide the tents, sleeping bag, mattress and pillow and you will not need to carry any of this with you. However, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag liner and pillow cover.

Warm outdoor clothing including hiking pants and warm upper layers. Please avoid cotton as it keeps you cold when wet and takes a very long time to dry.

Waterproof jacket and pants.

Hiking boots. Please use waterproof high-top hiking boots, which provide ankle support.

Hat and gloves.

Small backpack.

Personal medical kit i.e. band aids, throat lozenges, lip salves, seasickness tablets etc. Don't forget your personal medication, which you may need (e.g. Asthma inhaler, even if you don’t always need it).

Sun glasses.

Sunscreen and after sun cream.

Binoculars are nice to have for watching wildlife. (Optional).

Water bottle.

Sleeping bag liner and pillow cover.

Don't forget your camera!