Lost Fjords 2019 - Trekking tour in the Westfjords Peninsula - 6 days

Guided backpacking tour in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in Icelands Westfjords.

Lost Fjords 2019 - Trekking tour in the Westfjords Peninsula - 6 days

Guided backpacking tour in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in Icelands Westfjords.

Accommodation in tents.

Trip difficulty: 4 out of 5 possible. Rated: Challenging.

The Hornstrandir nature reserve is an isolated area of magnificent untouched natural beauty and wildlife. From the sea sheer basalt mountains stretch to the sky, chaotically divided by deep fjords and valleys. At the coast the relentless power of the ocean has moulded towering sea cliffs richly populated by seabirds and some of the alcoves and scurries of the coast are home to an abundance of seals and here the arctic fox wanders in its natural environment. The Lost Fjords trip is a full on backpacking trip where we are self sufficient, carrying our equipment and sleeping in our own tents along the way. You can be sure that trekking through the Hornstrandir will leave you amazed and packed with memories that will last a lifetime.

HT04 Map

HT04 Map

AVAILABLE:
June 23 to August 11

DURATION:
6 Days / 5 Nights

TOUR ID:
HT04

Included

    Professional Guide
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    Boat ride into the Nature reserve and back
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    All meals for 6 days (except breakfast on day one and dinner on day six)
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    Tents
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Not Included

    Personal equipment such as: sleeping bag, mattress, pillow and clothing *Please contact us in advance if you need to rent equipment
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    Food on the first day until the trip departs
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    Personal medical insurance
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    Flights from Reykjavik and back to Reykjavik
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    Transport to and from safjrur airport

Itinerary

Day 1. Reykjavk safjrur Aalvk


Flight from Reykjavk to safjrur (can be booked on request if available): 40 minutes


We meet at Aalstrti 17 (downtown main street) at 7am for a briefing, where we will answer any questions and make final preparations. We depart from the harbour in safjrur on our passenger ferry Bjarnarnes at 9am. We make our way to the abandoned village of Hesteyri. We have now left the modern world behind and are entering a wonderland of sounds, from soothing streams to the whisper of the waves by the beach. We start our hike in Hesteyri and head for Hesteyrarskar mountain pass. From there we start to make our way down the other side to sea level.
Overnight at Ltrar.

Day 2. Aalvk - Fljtavk


From Aalvk we have the option of a big detour to the top of Straumnesfjall mountain to explore an abandoned radar station built in 1953 by the American army. They quickly figured out this was a pretty harsh place to live, so they abandoned the station in 1960. They might also have gotten tired of not seeing any enemies, ever. We will then head over to Fljtavk. To get to our destination we need to cross Atlastaas river, which can get a bit tricky as it is sensitive to sea tides, so we need to aim to be there at low tide.
Overnight at Atlastair.

Day 3. Fljtavk - Hluvk


We will start the day hiking along the green banks of Fljtsvatn lake. The lake is beautiful and the mountain range on our left-hand side is impressive. We need to cross a few mountain passes to get across the mountain range separating us from our next destination, Hluvk.
Overnight at Bir with an optional evening walk to Hlavk.

Day 4. Hluvk - Hornvk


Today we head up a steep slope to the mountain ridge Sklakambur and follow a route marked with cairns towards the steep Atlaskar (327 m) mountain pass. We will go around Mt. Kollur and from there start making our way towards Hfn in Hornvk, the heart of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. This is a place of dramatic natural beauty and should not be missed out by anyone traveling in this area. It is necessary to spend more than one day at this awe-inspiring place so we will put up camp there for two nights.

Day 5. Hornvk Hornbjarg - Hornvk


Nothing compares to the beauty of Hornvk, surrounding are two of Iceland's largest bird cliffs. Like the entire Hornstrandir area, Hornvk is very remote and is only accessible by boat or by foot. We hike to Hornbjarg cliff where thousands of birds can be seen and the massive sculptures of mother nature make human beings feel very small and vulnerable. Many visitors state that the hike to Hornbjarg was the highlight of their Hornstrandir trip. At the end of the day we head back to Hornvk where we spend the night.

Day 6. Hornvk Veiileysufjrur safjrur - Reykjavk


Today we will pack our tents and gear, hit the trail and cross yet another mountain pass to get to Veiileysufjrur fjord. After crossing the mountain range, we descend down to the coast again, following the beach for a while until we get to Meleyri. From there we will get picked up by a boat that will take us to safjrur, back to civilization after almost a week in the wild. For those eager to wash off their hiking dust, a visit to safjrur swimming pool is ideal. Others can relax, go out, eat and just enjoy the town.
Guests flying back to Reykjavik can catch a flight the following morning or later.

This itinerary is a guide only and is subject to change depending on the weather, conditions and the ability of the group.

Tour Dates

June 23, 2019 English Guaranteed
July 07, 2019 English
July 21, 2019 English
August 04, 2019 English
August 11, 2019 English

Price Information

June 23, 2019 - August 11, 2019:
Price per person (excluding flights) 191700 ISK (1369 EUR)

Optional

 

One Person Tent
Price: 15001 ISK (107 EUR)

Payments & Terms

Cancellation policy:
For this tour a non refundable confirmation fee of 25% of the total price must be made when the tour is booked.
Participants wishing to cancel their booking must notify TOURIS in writing immediately. The following cancellation charges will apply (calculated per person), counting from the date a notification is received:
25% of trip price if cancelled formally more than 90 days prior departure.
50% of trip price if cancelled formally 89-60 days prior departure.
100% of trip price if cancelled formally within 60 days prior departure.

Useful Information: Here you will find other information for this tour.

Trip difficulty: 4 out of 5 possible. Rated: Challenging

If you want to book flights Reykjavik-safjrur-Reykjavik please contact us.

Minimum number of participants: 4 persons
If you are a solo traveler, please contact us to see if you can join another group.

Maximum number of participants: 8 persons per guide

Minimum Age: 16 years

Hiking distances per day:The distances are between 12-16 km a day. We're carrying all our stuff on most of the days and have to go through mountain passes up to 600 meters altitude. We keep a slow pace and enjoy the scenery of course since we're not in a hurry. This hike is a wilderness hike, the terrain where we hike is in some parts wet, mossy, rocky, muddy and everything in between, steep and flat. In some parts, there aren't any trails. Just pure wilderness.

Payment:
A non refundable deposit of 25%, of the total package price should reach TOURIS within 3 days of confirmation of booking and full payment not later than 6 weeks prior to tour departure. In case of delay on payments, TOURIS will reserve the right to treat this as a cancellation and withdraw its confirmation of the services.
Every detail regarding the booking must be included, in order for TOURIS to ensure efficiency, including the passengers name, flight information, all accommodation, tours and other services.

Bring with you:

It's important to remember that you have to carry all your personal belongings on this great hiking trip. Try to keep your pack as light as possible but still take what you need but maybe not all that you want! Pack your spare clothes and sleeping bag in a dry bag. Pay good attention to your hiking shoes and that they are waterproof and up for the task ahead. Your hiking shoes need to be high up on the ankle for good support.
Please note that we provide the tents. We use two person tents and therefore you are expected to share with one other person. If you would like a tent to yourself then you can rent a 1 person tent (need to be booked in advance).

  • 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.
  • Water shoes, as we cross many streams, a lake and walk through some wetlands. Make sure they are sturdy and are well secured.
  • Hat and gloves.
  • Backpack. It needs to be around 50-60L. Big enough to carry all of your belongings, including your sleeping bag and your share of the food.
    Sleeping bag rated to at least 0C. Down is best since it packs smaller than synthetic.
  • Sleeping mattress. A thin inflatable one is best as it easily fits inside the 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 dont always need it).
  • Sun glasses.
  • Sunscreen and after sun cream.
  • Binoculars are nice to have for watching wildlife. (Optional).
  • Water bottle.
  • Don't forget your camera!!


    Disclaimer:
    All hiking trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. TOURIS 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.



    Travel Insurance:
    To avoid dispute in case of cancellation, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase a comprehensive travel insurance in their home country, that covers your cost should you have to cancel your tour. This kind of travel insurance is usually not expensive and it frequently covers other risks too.
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