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3 Day Iceland Wildlife Tour in the Westfjords

Live in a Remote Farmhouse, Hike and See Arctic Foxes in the Midnight Sun

Meet Arctic Foxes and enjoy the Midnight Sun while staying in a remote farmhouse on the edge of a peninsula!

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Make the most of the Midnight Sun in Iceland and spend three days out in a remote backcountry lodge in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in the Westfjords. 

This wildlife tour invites you to stay in an authentic farmhouse surrounded by water and wilderness. Hike in the mountains, kayak in a fjord, and spend your evenings relaxing in a sauna. 

Summer nights are the best time to spot Arctic Foxes that live around the lodge, so if you’re a wildlife enthusiast, this tour is perfect for you!

  • Availability

    May. - Sept.

  • Duration

    3 days

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    No

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    18 years

  • Ratio

    1:8

  • Departs from

    Ísafjörður

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    141.300 ISK

Tour highlights
Ísafjörður
Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
Farmhouse Kvíar
Sea kayaking
Lónafjörður Fjord
Humpback whales
Arctic Foxes
Bird watching
Wood burning sauna
RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) ride (if available)
Included
Boat ride to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve and back
All Food (except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on the last day)
One night accommodation at Kvíar Farmhouse
Professional guide

This three-day tour takes you far away from the worries of everyday life and into the wilderness. 

Kvíar farmhouse is only accessible by boat, and it’s the only house for many miles, so you can enjoy nature undisturbed. The backcountry lodge features authentic rooms and a sauna where you can relax after a day of hiking, kayaking, and watching wildlife. 

The itinerary of this tour is highly flexible and depends on your preferences. We offer plenty of activities, but if you feel like curling up in the high grass with a book in your hands, that’s fine too!

Bright Icelandic summer nights are the best time to spot Arctic Foxes in their natural habitat. These charming animals are most active at night when they come out of their dens to play and hunt. For many years, the Kvíar farmhouse was uninhabited, allowing wildlife to take over. That’s why foxes in the area are tame and playful. 

We’re aware that summer is breeding time for Arctic Foxes and we respect wildlife. We walk carefully, never come too close to animals, and always follow the rules and guidelines provided by wildlife specialists. 

Practical Information

Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing (fleece/wool), waterproof jacket and pants, sturdy hiking boots with ankle support, hat and gloves. In addition to your personal items, you should also bring a small backpack, a bathing suit and a towel for the sauna.

Meet on Location: The meeting point is Borea Adventures office in Aðalstræti 17, Ísafjörður at 7 a.m. We’ll depart to the lodge from Ísafjörður harbor at 9 a.m. on the passenger ferry Bjarmi.

Please Note: The itinerary might slightly change due to weather, sea conditions, and abilities of the group.

Day 1: Ferry to the Kvíar Farmhouse and a Relaxing Evening

At 7 a.m. we meet up at the Borea Adventures office in downtown Ísafjörður. Here we’ll have a briefing, make final preparations, and answer all your questions. 

At 9 a.m. we’ll depart from Ísafjörður harbor on the Bjarmi speedy boat. We’ll reach Kvíar farmhouse at the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in about an hour’s ride. The farm is nestled on the peninsula between Veiðleysufjörður and Lónafjörður fjords. 

The ferry will take us through a picturesque route and we’ll have a good chance to see humpback whales along the way!

Once we reach the farm, take your time to get settled and have a stroll around. A panoramic view of the Jökulfirðir bay opens up in front of the farm. 

Kvíar shares an interesting story: the last residents left the farm in 1948 and up until 2012 it stood uninhabited. Volunteers, friends, and professionals worked hand in hand to bring the farm back to life again. Kvíar isn’t accessible by road, so all materials and tools had to be brought in by boat. It took four years to rebuild the farm into the authentic lodge that you see today.

In the evening, enjoy a home-cooked meal and relax in a wood-heated sauna. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit!

Day Highlights
Ísafjörður
Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
Bjarmi speedy boat
Kvíar farmhouse
Veiðleysufjörður
Lónafjörður
Humpback whales
Jökulfirðir bay
Wood burning sauna
Included
A delicious dinner
English speaking kayak guide
Camp set up and tent accommodation

Day 2: Hiking in the Mountains and Sea Kayaking

We begin the day with a hearty breakfast at the farmhouse and then head out to explore surrounding mountains and fjords.

We have an option to hike in the morning and join a sea kayaking tour to Lónafjörður fjord in the afternoon. However, we’re flexible and can change the plan depending on your preferences. If you’d rather spend the day hiking or do a full day of kayaking, we can adjust the itinerary.

During the hike, we’ll take a short walk up the valley to the mountain edge for a birds-eye view of Lónafjörður fjord. Enjoy the tranquility of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve and keep an eye out for Icelandic wildlife.

The area around the hiking path is rich in wildlife. We have good chances of spotting the Arctic Fox. The nature reserve is home to many bird species, including common ducks, swans, snipes, and oystercatchers, as well as the rare white-tailed eagle.

After lunch, we’ll make our way to the shore for sea kayaking if weather allows. Sea kayaking doesn’t require special skills and is a fun activity even for beginners. We use stable kayaks and comfortable paddles so you can feel safe while gliding across the water. 

Back at the farmhouse, we’ll enjoy a tasty dinner and then spoil ourselves with another sauna session.

Day Highlights
Hiking
Sea kayaking
Birds-eye view of Lónafjörður fjord
Birdwatching
Scouting for the Arctic Fox
Wood heated sauna
Included
English speaking kayak guide
Tent accommodation
Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Boat Ride to Secluded Waters or Relaxing Activities in the Wild

On the last day of the tour, we can enjoy an adventurous RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) ride. The boat is small and fast, perfect for exploring the surrounding fjords. RIB is the best transport to visit secluded spots, and we can sail farther away from Kvíar. 

We have the option to pack up a picnic, sail to a beautiful spot, turn off the engine, and enjoy lunch in the remote wilderness surrounded by water and mountains. Keep an eye out for seals that live along the shores of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve.

The RIB is sometimes unavailable, but we offer other activities around the farm. We have kayaks and SUPs (stand up paddleboards). You can also always choose to hike or scout for wildlife. Kviar is the only house for many miles around, so wild animals, especially Arctic Foxes, are tame and playful.

Once we get back to the farmhouse, we’ll get ready for the trip back to Ísafjörður. The passenger ferry will pick us up around 5-6 p.m. and we’ll be back in town by 7 p.m.

Day Highlights
RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) ride
Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
Choice of activities (kayaks, SUP’s, hikes, wildlife watching)
Ísafjörður
Included
Breakfast and lunch
English speaking kayak guide

How difficult is the tour?

This tour is suitable for people with various fitness levels. All the activities are optional and we can adjust them depending on the overall abilities of the group. If you have any concerns about your physical suitability for this tour, please get in touch before the tour.

I have specific food requirements and/or allergies. Can you cater based on my special diet?

We try our best to cater to all different needs. Please let us know about your special dietary requirements ahead of time so we can prepare and plan meals accordingly.

Will I see Arctic Foxes on the tour?

Arctic Foxes have a den in the backyard of the farmhouse, and cubs usually get curious when guests arrive. Every year we have been able to spot the foxes, but they’re wild animals so we cannot guarantee that we’ll see them.

Why are good hiking boots with ankle support mandatory?

Our hikes take us through rough terrain, including loose rocks, wet grass, streams, and sand. High-quality waterproof hiking boots will keep your feet warm and dry. Ankle support helps to prevent ankle injuries, so it’s very important that you bring good hiking boots on this tour.

What should I wear on the kayaking tours in Iceland?

We recommend that participants wear warm outdoor clothing, for example, a fleece or wool sweater and pants. You should also bring a change of clothing and swimwear.

How experienced do you have to be to do the kayaking tours?

No prior kayaking experience is required for the tours as our professional guides will teach the technique on location.

How fit do you have to be to do the kayaking tours?

Our kayaking tours are all listed at a level easy or moderate so most people should be able to do the tour. Just keep in mind that the activity is an outdoor nature activity so some physical strength is needed.

Is there a guide with you on all of the Arctic Adventures kayaking tours?

All our kayaking tours are operated by experienced and certified professional 4 star BCU sea kayak guides.

What kind of kayaks do you use for the tours?

We use top of the line plastic sea kayaks.

Are the kayaks stable? Can they tip over?

Our kayaks are very stable and easy to use.

Yes, they can tip over, although they are very stable and it happens rarely. If they tip over the guide has the necessary equipment and ability to quickly tip them over again.

If the kayaks tip over participants don’t have to worry too much, all participants get life jackets and neoprene suits so they will stay warm even if they fall in.

Are cameras and personal belongings permitted on the kayak?

Taking a waterproof camera is a great idea when going on a kayak tour. However, it is not recommended to take too much on this day tour as there is really no need for it.

 

 

 

I can’t swim, is that a problem when doing the kayaking tours?

Although you don’t need to “swim” while sea kayaking, we recommend that you can. People that can’t swim tend to panic when they are in the water. You have to be comfortable with floating in water.

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