Enjoy the breathtaking landscape and rich wildlife that Hornstrandir Nature Reserve has to offer on this family-friendly excursion.
This tour will take us in search of the charming and elusive Arctic Foxes that inhabit the emerald hills of the isolated Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Hornstrandir is one of the few places that the Arctic Fox can live and raise its young in peace, without fear of falling prey to hunters and habitat change – making it perfect for nature and wildlife lovers alike.
May. - Sept.
Meet on location
No minimum age
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Family Friendly
- Guided Fox Watching Tour
- Family Friendly
- Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
- Stunning Scenery
- Untouched Nature
- Rich Wildlife
- Boat Ride
- Authentic Home Made Dinner
- Expert Guide
- Wildlife Exploring
The day begins in our cozy office in Aðalstræti 17, where you’ll meet your friendly guide, who’ll answer any questions that you might have about the day ahead. The ferry to Hornstrandir departs from Ísafjörður at 09:00 and takes around an hour to reach the nature reserve. Along the way, we’ll see the majestic fjords in all their glory, including towering mountains, rolling green hills and the craggy cliffs that overlook their sparkling blue waters.
The boat will drop us at the Kviar farmhouse, giving us an entire day to enjoy the untouched nature reserve. Your guide will tell you about how people have managed to survive in such an isolated location, and we’ll go in search of the playful Arctic Foxes that inhabit the area.
We’ll try to tailor the rest of the day to what the group wants – we may go for a short hike and enjoy some spectacular vistas over the surrounding area, explore the area behind the farmhouse which hosts a number of gorgeous waterfalls or simply relax near the farmhouse, and breathe in some of the cleanest air in the entire world. We’ll have a traditional Icelandic picnic for lunch, and you’ll be free to spend the afternoon appreciating the majestic scenery.
A family of Arctic Foxes has had a den close to our farm house for a number of years – making it the perfect place to spot them. The foxes in Hornstrandir are much friendlier to humans than mainland foxes, meaning that we can get really close to them. The experience is especially good in the summer, when the adorable young cubs, venture out into the open to play and explore their surroundings. Many of our guests snap excellent photos during the tour and we highly recommend bringing a camera.
During this time, your guide will prepare an authentic Icelandic dinner, which we’ll eat together in the farmhouse, discussing all the magical things that we’ve seen, and learning more about the farmhouse. The boat will pick us up at around 19:00 and we’ll return to Ísafjörður at about 20:00.
The meeting point is our base at Aðalstræti 17, Ísafjörður. Please arrive no later then 08:30 AM.
The itinerary may change according to weather conditions and the ability of the group.
Rental car is the ideal option, specially during the summer season. The whole road from Reykjavik to Isafjordur is asphalted. Another option is booking a flight from the domestic airport in Reykjavik.
Yes, there are about 54 bird species that breed in the West Fjords. Other popular sightings include mink, seals, whales and dolphins.
There are a few different ways you can book our trips. First of all, you can book almost all our trips right here on our website. There is a booking window on each tour page and we do recommend that you book and pay for your trip there, preferably in good time as we keep our groups small and some tours tend to sell out.
If the trip you would like to book is not bookable online, you can call our office directly, the phone number is +354 562 7000. Another way is to send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form. What we need to have is your name, how many people are in your party, where you are staying, a way of contacting you either an e-mail or a phone number and what tour you are trying to book.
- You can pay through the internet, through our website. This is by far the easiest, safest and fastest way to reserve and pay for your adventure. If you choose this way then you will receive a voucher as a confirmation via e-mail which you will need to bring with you for your trip.
- You can pay via phone, the phone number is +354 562 7000.Please Note: However you pay, you will always get a voucher: REMEMBER TO PRINT IT OUT AND BRING IT ALONG OR MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN SHOW IT ON YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE!
A booking is confirmed when you receive a confirmation email. If you think you have made a booking and have not received an email confirmation, please send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form, and we will figure this out together.
We process all payments in Icelandic króna (ISK). Prices in your currency might vary slightly depending on the conversion rate set by your card issuer.
Arctic Adventures is not responsible for currency changes between different currencies.
Most of our tours have no minimum but there is a minimum of 2 people for a few of our trips. If you are interested in a trip that has a minimum of 2 persons and are travelling solo we can take down your information and contact you if more people book the trip.
We, unfortunately, don’t have a waiting list for our tours but feel free to check the availability sheet on our website as all updates will automatically be made to the sheet listed in each tour‘s description. We also offer a lot of different adventure tours around Iceland so chances are that we will have a similar version of the tour that you were originally looking for.
If we cancel a tour you have booked with us you will receive a 100% refund. The refund process is different depending on the way you booked the tour.
If you booked the tour on our website we will start the refund as soon as we know you will not be rescheduling and you will receive a separate email with the confirmation once the refund has been processed. It can then take a few days for the amount to show back up on your bank account once the refund has been processed and we, therefore, ask you to be patient.
If you booked the tour through a booking agent you will need to contact them to receive the refund. We will confirm with them that the tour was cancelled and the refund process will start on their end. Arctic Adventures only receives a payment when the tour has finished, this means that your payment is still with the booking agent and therefore, the refund will be processed by them.
If you pay with your card via email or phone you will need to contact us the same way again to be refunded.
We can not accommodate a person that has not reached the age limit on the tour. We put great value towards the safety of our customers and the minimum age policy falls under this. The minimum age requirement is decided by our operational managers and is dependent on each activity and it‘s difficulty ratings and can, therefore, vary between tours. We ask you to try to understand that this is based on safety procedures and we can therefore unfortunately not make any exceptions to this rule.
Arctic Adventures is a part of VAKINN which is the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism. VAKINN provides validation of insurance, safety and regulatory requirements which supports increased quality and safety within the tourism industry.
Our website shows the correct number of available seats left so we can unfortunately not accommodate you and your group if the number of your group extends the number of available seats left. It is not possible to squeeze additional participants onto the departure as we have really strict policy measures as to how many participants are assigned to each guide on our tour departures. This is of course done with our customers safety in mind, so we do hope that you understand.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club for all countries.
In addition, we offer various local payment methods in many other countries such as UnionPay and JCB (Japan Credit Bureau).
As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend having travel insurances that can provide cover if you need to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. We also recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland.
Vehicles are equipped for both summer and winter driving conditions, and drivers are very experienced driving in difficult conditions.
Before starting any of the activities, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their activity. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.
Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.
The Ice Caves in Iceland are truly magical. If you want to learn more about them this information page on Ice Caves will be a great help.