When can you hike Hornstrandir?

The weather in Hornstrandir can be harsh year round and the area is completely uninhabited over the winter time. There is approximately a six week window in the summer that’s the best time to visit which is from mid June to end of July.

Can you drive to Hornstrandir?

The mountainous landscape means there are no roads into Hornstrandir. Between June and August ferries, run by West Tours and Borea, shuttle from the main town of Ísafjörður and nearby Bolungarvík to a ring of drop-off points in Hornstrandir.

Where is Hornstrandir nature reserve?

Hornstrandir is a nature reserve located in the Westfjords, in the north-west of Iceland. The total area covers 580 square kilometres (220 square miles) of tundra, cliffs, flowering fields and ice.

Is Hornstrandir worth visiting?

The place is beautiful and an excellent place to go for any outdoor adventurers. Be aware that Hornstrandir is wilderness! If you choose to go on a multi day backpacking trip you need to be prepared. You must be in decent shape as a lot of the hikes are up mountains and on rough terrain.

How do you get to Laugavegur trail?

Typically, you start in Landmannalaugar and head to Thorsmork, going north to south. From Thorsmark, you can take a bus back to Reykjavik. Or, you could continue hiking an extra day or two to Skogar (Laugavegur to Skogar). You could also go south to north, starting in Skogar or Thorsmork and heading to Landmannalaugar.

How do you get to Hesteyri?

How to get there. Travelers can only visit the abandoned village of Hesteyri by boat and during summer there is a regular boat schedule from Isafjordur.

Is laugavegur difficult?

Difficulty. The Laugavegur Trail is a moderate to difficult trek and can be done with an average level of fitness. It’s recommended to train before your trip by going on more long-distance hikes or walks to help improve your endurance.

How long does it take to hike the Laugavegur trail?

three to four days
It is highly recommended to take ample time for the hike, or at least three to four days, plus two to three days in Langadal in Þórsmörk at the end of the hike, to enjoy the multiple hiking possibilities there. If hiking the Fimmvörðuháls trail as well, you need to add at least one extra day.

How long is the Laugavegur trail?

about 35 miles
The Laugavegur Trail travels about 35 miles (55 kilometers) from Landsmannalauger to Thorsmork. As you traipse across black sand basalt fields with mountains towering above you, you will feel like you are on the moon. You will pass by glaciers stretching to the horizon.

How do you pronounce Laugavegur?

Loo-ga-vay-gur – it’s not unlike the name of Mambo Number Five singer Lou Bega. Now you can sound authoritative and learned when talking to locals about the famous Laugavegur Trail.

How difficult is the Laugavegur trail?

Is the Laugavegur trail crowded?

Hikers will enjoy nearly 24 hours of daylight, and relatively milder weather (although snowstorms and bitter cold are possible any time of year). Expect more crowds on the trail, and be sure to reserve in advance if you plan on staying in huts.

How to get to Hornstrandir Nature Reserve?

The 580 km² nature reserve is only accessible by boat during the summertime as there are no roads. The nature reserve is an incredibly remote area with no services so travelers must be entirely self reliant. In this article we will provide you with information for planning your hiking trip to Hornstrandir Nature Reserve.

Where to go on a multi-day hike in Hornstrandir?

It is very popular to go on a multi-day hike in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. The area is breathtakingly beautiful and you will find yourself in the middle of nowhere, with no signal and surrounded by nature on all sides. Many hikers set out from either Adalvik or Hesteyri.

Where is the Hornstrandir fjord?

Its boundaries are in the Skorarheiði moor between the fjords of Hrafnfjörður and Furufjörður. The reserve area thus covers the Hornstrandir region, part of the Jökulfirðir fjords (or the rural district of Sléttuhreppur) and part of the district of Grunnaví­kurhreppur.

How hard is it to find tratrails in Hornstrandir?

Trails in Hornstrandir are marked with cairns and are fairly easy to follow however in the mountain passes fog is common and the cairns can become difficult to spot. We recommend a GPS so that you can find your way in case of low visibility.