Go off the beaten track hiking around the magical Westfjords in Iceland. Charming remoteness, epic trails, hot spring bathing and a fabulous culinary experience. A unique way to experience Iceland!
It isn’t often that one find himself in complete silence but the remoteness of Strandir makes it possible and is such a charming factor in the experience of visiting. On one side you’ll have majestic mountains and the other vast ocean views. The Westfjords are the oldest part of Iceland, the most shaped by glaciers, ice ages and other natural phenomenon. During the Strandir hiking experience you’ll join like-minded travelers to locations known only to a few, soak in hot geothermal pools, enjoy local cuisine and relish breathtaking views like never before all in perfect harmony with untouched nature. Take a step out of the real world and into heaven!
July - September
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Westfjords of Iceland
- Scenic drive
- Remote locations
- Epic hiking trails Hornstrandir
- Geothermal pool Krossnesslaus
- Hotel pick up & drop off
- Guided tour in a minibus
- 2 nights of accommodation in a country hotel with breakfast
- Admission fee to the geothermal pool
Strandir in the north western part of Iceland is usually not the first thing people mentioned when discussing Iceland. The reason, well, it’s unreachable throughout most winter and it requires some skill in driving. Lucky for us this brings us vast landscapes of untouched nature and the most unique and remote place in Iceland. Strandir is unlike any other place when the midnight sun bathes in the ocean and the mountains and hills of the fjords light up after months of darkness in the winter. The wildlife is colorful and the solitude is otherworldly. Seals, birds and a few curious horses and sheep will welcome you along the way with the few remaining summer inhabitants in the charming little villages along the way.
This tour is all about hiking, beautiful nature, local cuisine and untouched locations. We will visit old historic sites and explore the trails that the settlers used the hike across when traveling in Iceland. The west fjords or as the locals like to call it best fjords are the must harsh and rural parts of Iceland. Many of the places are only reachable by foot or boat and you will get to experience this first hand. Strandir means beaches and this goes to show that no matter where you are in the Westfjords you will be close to the ocean. This adds to the fresh, clean serenity that empowers the place. If you are looking to be in complete silence this is where you go.
See the itinerary for a full coverage of this wonderful experience.
We start early in the the morning as we depart from Reykjavík setting off to the exciting Westfjords. The drive is amazing and scenic and will invite us to feast on vast ocean views as we make our way to this remote location. We will stop for lunch at a little fishing village called Búðardalur at a place sitting right by its harbor. After crossing mountains and passing valleys, we will start to see the first sign of the fjords. Waiting you is stunning mountains on one side and sea filled with little green islands on the other. During our drive we will stop for some fresh air and a short hikes, one in the beautiful Borgarhólmur area. Here we are hoping to catch a sight of eagles that nest in the hills. Eagles are most commonly seen in the Westfjords in Iceland.
In the evening when we have arrived we will get the chance to soak in a wonderful natural hot pool with breathtaking views over the Arctic Ocean.
- Scenic drives
- Hopefully eagle views
- Búðardalur village
- Krossneslaus hot pool
- Local cuisine
- Pick up
- Knowledgable guide
Today we will start our drive into the beautiful Ófeigsfjörður. Here the ultimate remoteness kicks in. We will drive to where the road ends. To a place only a few people live in the summertime. We will walk along the beautiful river of Hvalá e. Whale river making a stop at the alluring waterfall Hvalárfoss. The hike is up the hills inside the fjord and the experience of sitting on top and looking over the fjord is otherworldly!
It this point in time you can only go on foot. There are’t any roads and no people, just you, fellow participants, the sea and untouched nature as far as the eye can see. Now you should take a deep breath and enjoy the solitude. When we get back to Norðurfjörður we will have a chance to revisit the magical Krossneslaug before having another great meal prepared by our hosts.
- Hvalárfoss waterfall
- Epic views
- Great hiking trails
- A great culinary experince
- Knowledgable guide
- Breakfast and Dinner
As this is out last day we will check out from our hotel and leave Norðurfjörður. We start the tour quite slowly taking a short but beautiful hike in the fertile fjord of Bjarnarfjörður. We will visit the village of Hólmavík where we will have lunch and visit one of Icelanders favorite museum, the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft. From the colorful village of Hólmavík we will follow the coastline to the bottom of Hrútafjörður, here we will stop at two different places where boats used to sail from to America in the late 19th century when Icelanders were fleeing cold winters and volcanic eruptions.
Now we are slowly getting closer to civilization. We will drive again through the valley of Búðardalur by taking a short mountain road, across Rauðamelsheiði. But no worries, we will of course save some time for a hike. Now in the peaceful wastelands giving us a chance to really stretch our legs and breath in fresh air. During this hike we will pass a couple of lakes filled with trout, a local’s delight. The views are breathtaking and the wildlife is colorlful and diverse when we have retuned to the lowlands both in Álftafjörður and Straumfjörður. We are return to Reykjavik around 20:00.
- Scenic drives
- Hólmavík village
- Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft
- Epic views
- Nature hike
- Knowlegable guide
- Entrence to the museum
We offer pick-ups from most known hotels, hostels and guesthouses in the capital area. We do not pick up from Airbnb. To make the process of finding the nearest pick-up location to your accommodation easier we have made a map of the locations.
This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick up time since you could be our first pick up. It’s usually best to wait outside your pick up location but if it’s cold the lobby is perfectly fine.
Note that if the lobby up a couple of floors (like for example at Loft hostel) it’s best to come down.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding, has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours (to be found here) are also suitable for all ages. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.
Before starting any of our more technical trips, 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 particular trip. 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.
Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.
Here is the plus-side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant.
Tipping is not a requirement here in Iceland although it is permitted and does make the most people very happy.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sounds like a joke but is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around.
Iceland is a very high tech country. We actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free wifi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere.
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that 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 inherent risk.
Price from 79.900 ISK per person.
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