Sailing – Exploring – Trekking
24 June 1 July / 4 – 12 July 2023


Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

The Hornstrandir region is located at the North Western end of Iceland, inside there are no roads and can only be reached by sea, more than sufficient and ideal characteristics to be included among the “Mountaisailing” proposals. In the period following the Second World War, the whole area was completely depopulated and in 1975 the nature reserve was officially established, today there are only a dozen houses in the whole area, which the old landowners have renovated and transformed into weekend houses or cottages where you can spend moments of extreme relaxation.


The first day includes the departure from Isafjordur to reach the bay of Latravik after about 3/4 hours of navigation depending on the sea and wind conditions. From Latrar we reach the highest point of Capo Straumnes (m. 370) to then return by boat to Latrar. A first soft trek to prepare for the next stages. Dinner and overnight on the boat. N.B. Given the arrival times for air flights to Isafjordur, arrival in the city must be expected the previous day.


Crossing from Latrabas to Hesteyril, a beautiful itinerary that through the Hesteyrarskard pass will take us between small lakes, stony plateaus up to Hesteyril, a tiny “village” of 6 houses overlooking the Hesteyarfjordur where we will meet the captain and the boat where we will dine and sleep in an truly bucolic.


Boat transfer along the Veidileysufjordur to Meleyri, about 1h. 30′ of navigation, the daily trekking stage begins here. After a first coastal part we will climb up to an altitude of 480 m. on the Kviafjall and then descend to the sea at Kviar where we get back on the boat to reach Skipeyri where we will spend the evening and night on the boat.


The objective of the day is to reach Drangajokull, the glacier of the Hornstrandir reserve, it is the northernmost glacier in Iceland and reaches an altitude of 925 m at its highest point. The return will be along a different itinerary from the outward journey which will take us to the small bay of Kios where we will get back on the boat which in the meantime will have moved here. Dinner and overnight on the boat in Kios.


Stage without altitude difference, as it is a stage along the coast but, with the possibility of varying the length as desired, in fact we will have more chances of being recovered from the boat in several points also considering the expected return to Isafjordur with an obligatory passage to the area usually sighting humpback whales, a great opportunity not to be missed.


Last trek of the week, we will climb up to Hnifafiali to be able to admire the bay of Isafjordur from above, a not too long stage to leave us time for a swim in the 40-degree waters of the small swimming pool in the village and a subsequent super dinner in the Top restaurant in Isafjordur. Last night on the boat safely moored in port.


Return flight or possible extension of the program “on the ground” to Reykjavik.


Mountainsailing, Trekking
Number of participants
Min 4

2.000 EUR per person

Activity duration
8 days / 7 nights

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