Forgotten Fjords

29.09.17 - 05.10.17

About the tour

Iceland's western fjords are the oldest part of the island with an age of 15-16 million years. In this tour we will open for you a place of magnificent untouched beauty, the most northern corner of the western fjords the Hornstrandir peninsula. It is a national reserve and hiking here is associated with an exciting adventure, because the peninsula was completely abandoned by a few inhabitants in the last century. Even tough Icelanders could not survive in this complete isolation from civilization, giving the win to the wild. The row of cliffs, steep basaltic mountains that stretch here from sea to sky, that chaotically separated by deep fjords, secluded niches and valleys. On the coastline, strength of the ocean formed high sea cliffs and distant bays inhabited by rare seabirds. It looks like an eternity and we can touch it. For sure this trip will leave you amazed and fill with memories that will last for a life.

+ ITINERARY

Day 1.

Early in the morning we take off from Reykjavik in a picturesque town on the north-west of Iceland  Isafjordur. Here we will leave the modern world behind to plunge into the magical country of the lulling sounds of mountain streams and rustling of waves on the beach. Isafjordur is on the vast rugged peninsula of Westfirdir, and it is the largest city in the Western fjords, but rightfully one of the quietest and most cozy. Nearby we will see the green valleys of Tungudalur and Engedalur, and Látrabjarg. Here on the rocks there live a lot of sea birds. Also in here is the most western point of Iceland and all of Europe  Bjargtangar lighthouse. We will take a walk in the Old Town, where you can see the buildings of the 18th century. And having snack with some fresh pastries from the popular Gamla bakery, we continue our journey by ship to the Hesteyri village. The main feature of the area is the sea crossing. Only by boat we can see and appreciate the beauty of the fjords. We will go to the Aldavik bay, and on the way we will enjoy one of the most beautiful landscapes  the end point of today. The image will amaze us: huge amount of fog that flows over the mountains and rocks, creates one of the most beautiful landscapes in life, it's like flying over clouds  feeling which you can experience only here.

Day 2

From Adalvik Bay, we will make small detour on the top of Straumnesfjall Mountain to visit an abandoned radar installation built in 1953 by the US Army. Over time, it became clear that living in such a harsh place is quite difficult, and there were no enemies, so seven years later the radar was closed. But now we are on our way to the wide Fljótavík Bay, which is part of the colorful nature reserve. For that, we will cross the Atlastadaós River, which may be a bit more complicated than usual, since it is sensitive to the tides of the sea. Closer to evening we will reach the Atlastadir farm, where we will spend the night in order to gain strength before the new adventure.

Day 3

On that day we begin with a hike along the green shores of Lake Fljotsvatn. A beautiful lake with cool water that reflects sunlight, and the mountain range opposite impresses with its greatness, complementing the overall landscape. Today we will go through several mountain passes to cross the mountain range separating us from our next destination - Hloduvik Bay, surrounded by steep paths in a picturesque valley. Over there, along the steepest mountain trail in Iceland, we will take a walk to the Haelavik bay, watching the entrancing views of steep cliffs along the way. We will spend the night at the Budir farm, where, according to an ancient legend, live unknown but friendly ghost that make itself felt, creating unexplainable sounds around here.

Day 4

Today we will go up the steep slope of the Skalakambur ridge, following the route leading to the steep Atlaskard cliff, where the sky meets the earth, height fascinates, and the air is so fresh that it is impossible to breathe. Further we will pass around Kollur Mount towards the heart of the western fjords - the Hornstrandir reserve. This is the place where we will discover amazing landscapes of untouched nature, with its rich flora and fauna. In the 20th century this place was completely emptied  and now there are no permanent residents in Hornstrandir. Here you can see only abandoned houses and workshops scattered among the fjords and valleys. Walk through such a deserted, but incredibly beautiful territory  a pleasure like no other. And, in order to enjoy this place, we will camp for two nights in the Hornvik Bay nearby.

Day 5

Hornwick's beauty has no equal. From here you can see incredible views of the ocean. This area is one of the few where there is a chance to see arctic foxes wandering in their natural habitat. Exploring the bay, we will make a trek to the Hornbjarg cliff, where from the height of the basalt formations we will be able to observe the numerous colonies of rare seabirds. That's the place that you feel all the greatness of nature, the understanding of its eternity and your own modest role in this world. We will walk a lot, enjoying the sun and fresh air, and in the evening we will return to the camp, where we will dine well and spend the last night in this place.

Day 6

Departing back to Isafjordur, we packed our tents and equipment, set off on another mountain pass to get to the Veidileysufjordur fjord. And, crossing the mountain range, we will go down to the coast of Meleyri. Meleyri is a charming shoreline near Breydarsvik. A beautiful cozy beach with numerous flocks of birds that are absolutely doesn't afraid of people. Here we will make many beautiful pictures for memory and on the ship we will return back to civilization after almost a week of life in the wild. Free time in the city we will spend  resting: soaking in the outdoor pool, walking around and trying the local cuisine. The last day here before trip to Reykjavik will become very comfortable, and these land will be remembered for a long time. After all, we passed these lands, which means that we became part of them forever.

Day 7

Of course, we can’t  leave Iceland without getting acquainted with her heart  the capital, Reykjavik. In the morning we will go for a walk on the local streets, painted by the best artists of the country: this gives the city the atmosphere of an eternal holiday. We’ll try the best local cuisine with its centuries-old recipes and get inspired by architecture. In addition, today we deservedly reward ourselves going in one of the most memorable places of the island  the Blue Lagoon. This fantastic place does not leave anyone indifferent. For the first time getting here you feel unfamiliar experience, completely new, stunning sensations when you don’t believe to your own eyes. This resort can’t be compared to anything in the world. Gently blue water with its unique healing properties are known everywhere. And enjoying the services of SPA, it will be especially pleasant to remember our trip. Today we are gaining strength for new research. After all, Iceland never says "goodbye" and we'll be back again soon, but for now we are raising cheeks of Prosecco - "cheers"!

+ WHAT TO BRING
  • Hiking boots, good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support for walking on rough trails. They should have a robust sole and preferably waterproof.
  • Long sleeve top and long johns, thermal underwear made of wool or synthetics, not cotton.
  • Warm jacket, fleece, primaloft or similar.
  • Raincoat.
  • Backpack (50-70 liters).
  • Warm hat and/or balaclava.
  • Sneakers, sandals (for changing).
  • Sleeping bag and travel pillow. 
  • Travel sack for your baggage that is transported between huts. Suitcases are not recommended.
  • Towel.
  • Tooth brush and personal toiletries.
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen (high protection, the sun in Iceland can be really strong).
  • Flask for water 0.5 to 1 liter.
  • Personal medical device (if there are specific medications).
  • Spoon, mug, fork, knife, plate.
  • Camera, batteries, memory card.
  • Tent (for 2-3 people).
  • Thermos (for 1-2 people).
  • Swimming suit.
+ pickup
Transfer is not included. Meeting in Reykjavik.
+ included
  • Domestic transfers by bus and boat.
  • Accommodation in hotels and campsites along the route.
  • Guide by Ice Vikings Team.
  • Excursion and trekking support along the route.
  • 3 meals a day.
  • Entrance fee to the Blue Lagoon.
  • Group travel insurance.
+ accommodation
Hotels and camping.

Price 198048 ISK

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