Hornstrandir is unique in that it was once inhabited but proved to be too harsh of a place to live, even for Icelanders. The area was completely abandoned by the last of its inhabitants in the early 1950´s and the area’s flora and fauna have been protected since 1974. Now wildlife, including arctic foxes, birds, seals and plants, have returned and are thriving.
We´ll leave by boat from Ísafjörður in the morning for the abandoned village of Sæból in Aðalvík. Continuing on foot to another abandoned settlement at Hesteyri, we’ll pass the old church and parsonage at Staður. Crossing the mountain, enjoy a spectacular and panoramic view across Ísafjarðardjúp bay and Jökulfirðir (Glacier fjords) to Drangajökull glacier. We´ll take a boat from Hesteyri in the evening.
This is a moderate hike for people in good shape. The hike is 14 kilometres at an elevation of about 330 meters on rough ground.
Participation in this tour requires warm clothes, hiking boots and a lunch pack. Wading shoes are optional but it would be a good idea to bring a small towel to dry your feet after being in the water.