THE GREEN CLIFFS OF HORNSTRANDIR- A FULL-DAY HIKE
This trip is a great blend of the unspoiled nature and the fascinating history of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve.
We'll discover remains from a British radar station from WWII, see many species of Icelandic birds and walk along the top of some of the most beautiful cliffs in Iceland.
The route begins on a beautiful sandy beach and steadily climbs up along the sheer cliffs of Grænahlíð, which for many decades was the best shelter for fishing trawlers when storms reigned in the Atlantic.
On a clear day, we’ll be able to see views across the whole of Ísafjarðardjúp bay and into the Jökulfirðir glacial fjords. And remember to keep an eye open for the elusive Arctic Fox!
We meet at our office in Aðalstræti 17 (downtown main street) for a briefing, where we will answer any questions and make final preparations. We depart from the harbour in Ísafjörður on our passenger ferry Bjarnarnes.
After about an hour scenic boat ride over fjords and along mountain cliffs, we will be dropped off at Slétta, where there is a beautiful sandy beach, a lighthouse and we often see curious seals swimming along the shore.
We begin our hike by making our way slowly up to a small lake called Teistuvatn, where we can see graceful Whooper Swans and Kittiwakes swimming on the water.
We continue over a mixture of easy grassy terrain and some rocky patches along the tops of the cliffs. This is where we can peek over the edge and see the waves crashing against the rocks, almost 500m below. Many bird species nest on the cliffs. Birds such as Fulmars, Gulls, Guillemots and even the colourful Puffins can be seen soaring high above the ocean, using the updraft from the cliffs to fly effortlessly.
We then reach the British naval radar station which was constructed in 1943. We can explore the ruins of the generators, warehouse and barracks and even see the turret which housed the Oerlikon 20mm cannon. This was a very secret operation during the war and the purpose was to watch out for any enemy planes or ships coming into Icelandic waters.
From here we follow the jeep track which leads down the mountain towards the bay of Aðalvík. We reach the shore at Látrar, which was once a thriving village, where we will take the boat back to Ísafjörður. Keep your eyes open for whales on the way home!
This itinerary is a guide only and is subject to change depending on the weather and the ability of the group.
Season: June, July, August & September 2019
Departure: Thursdays and Sundays
Included: Boat ride both ways and a professional guide.
Duration of trip:
The hike is approximately 15km and there are no trails. The ground is mostly soft and easy going. However, there is some rough terrain including loose rock. We start at sea level and the highest point is approximately 500m, so we gain around 500m in elevation.
If you are an active hiker then you will have no trouble on this hike.
Minimum age: 14 years.
Trip difficulty: 4 out of 5. Challenging.
Minimum number of participants: 2 persons.
IN PREPERATION FOR THIS TOUR YOU SHOULD BRING:
Lunch and snacks for the day
Warm outdoor clothing.
Waterproof jacket and pants.
Don't forget your camera
Disclaimer: All hiking trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. BOREA/Westtours 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
Meeting point: Aðalstræti 17, Ísafjörður.