Hornstrandir Nature Reseve
The Hornstrandir nature reserve is a place of magnificent untouched beauty and wild life. The sheer basalt mountains stretch from the sea to the sky chaotically divided by deep fjords, secluded alcoves and valleys.
At the coastline the relentless power of the ocean has molded towering sea cliffs richly populated by birds and many of the alcoves and scurries of the coast are home to an abundance of seals. Inland the crawling glaciers of the last ice age have hewn ancient mountain passes and lakes into the rugged peninsula and there the arctic fox wanders in its natural environment.
At the settlement of Iceland and until the middle of the 20th century the area was populated by the toughest of Icelandic fishermen and craftsmen. Many of them making their livelihood from crafting unsurpassed vessels for the North Atlantic Ocean. Hornstrandir is now empty of permanent settlers but their abandoned homes and workshops are scattered around the area, nestled deep in the fjords and valleys.
You can be sure that trekking through the Hornstrandir will leave you breathless and packed with memories that will last a lifetime.
Note: The trek starts and ends in ═safj÷rur in the Vestfirir. You will have to arrange for transfer from ReykjavÝk.
Hornstrandir 3Ż day trip (Saturday-Tuesday)
═safj÷rur ľ Veiileysufj÷rur ľ KjaransvÝk (3-4hrs of walking)
At ═safj÷rur harbor we catch a ride with scheduled boat tours to Veiileysufj÷rur. Located under the glacier Drangaj÷kull, Veiileysufj÷rur is a good place to start our hike. The boat trip, the only means of transportation, takes roughly 1 hour and is a nice ride in the beautiful landscape of J÷kulfirir (glacier fjords), with its impressive, steep snow-flecked mountains and its quiet and secluded coves. From the old farm site of Steinˇlfsstair and Meleyri we start hiking up to the mountain pass, Hl÷uvÝkurskar, then down to the beach again and along the beach to the next destination KjaransvÝk. There we camp for the night.
KjaransvÝk ľ FljˇtavÝk (8-10hrs of walking)
To the north we hike up to the mountain Kjalßrn˙pur, then over two mountain passes, Almenningaskar and Ůorleifsskar, to the beautiful lake, Fljˇtsvatn. Then along the lake to FljˇtavÝk alcove. The night is spent in the green grass by the river mouth of Fljˇtsvatn Lake.
FljˇtavÝk ľ Lßtrar Ý AalvÝk (6hrs of walking)
The day starts by passing the river mouth but it needs to be passed at low tide. Then an unclear path is followed into Tungudalur valley and up a steep slope to the plateau Tunguheii. The plateau is marked with cairns from time when people still lived on the farms in the area. Shortly after the plateau the route turns into a clear track which leads all the way to Lßtrar in AalvÝk.
The boat will pick us up around 10:00 and sail us back to ═safj÷rur. Back at ═safj÷rur between 12:00 and 14:00.
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