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Trekking Remote Iceland Fjords

Explore the Arctic wilderness of Iceland on a 6-day trekking adventure through the heart of the Westfjords.

The Westfjords of Iceland are as remote and impressive as it gets. Explore isolated bays, rugged mountain ranges, and overwhelming sea cliffs on this 6-day trekking tour. The highlight of the trip is a day at the Hornbjarg cliffs where hundreds of thousands of sea birds breed each summer. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 6 days trekking in the Westfjords
  • Professional, experienced, English-speaking guide
  • All meals
  • Boat from Isafjordur to Hesteyri
  • Boat from Veidileysufjordur to Isafjordur
  • Camping equipment (tent, sleeping pad, cooking supplies)
  • All taxes and fees

Perfect for:
This tour is perfect for experienced trekkers who want to explore one of the most remote, beautiful and seldom-visited corners of Iceland.

  • Camping
  • —Ísafjörður > Ísafjörður
  • Activity Type
    • Walk/trek from place to place, with a guide
  • Groups up to 8


Day 1: Isafjordur to Adalvik

You’ll meet your guide in Isafjordur in the morning to review equipment and the plan, then head to the port to catch a boat to the scenic coastal town of Hesteyri (2 hours). The people of Hesteyri, tired of living at the edge of the world, made the decision to abandon their settlement in the 1940s, leaving behind a the remains of a quaint town.

You’ll begin your trek from town, first following splashing streams up into the mountains, then crossing over Hesteyrarskad Pass and descending to Adalvik on the other side. Set up camp near the peaceful abandoned farm of Latrar.

11km of walking

Day 2: Adalvik to Fljotavik

From Latrar you’ll take a quick side trip to the summit of Straumnesfjall Mountain to check out the views and the abandoned radar station at the top. Return to Latrar to grab your packs and continue on to the wide bay of Fljotavik. The crux of the day is timing your crossing of the Atlastadaos River to coincide with low tide. Camp that night near the Atlastadir farm.

18km of walking

Day 3: Fljotavik to Hloduvik

Start the day with a scenic hike along the shores of Fljotsvatn, a pretty lake edged with green meadows and backed by steep mountains. Then ascend into those mountains and spend the day crossing several passes. Descend the other side of the range toward Hloduvik, camping that night in Budir.

18km of walking

Day 4: Hloduvik to Hornvik

In the morning you’ll climb up to Skalakambur ridge, and follow a route of cairns along its length to Atlaskard Pass. Enjoy beautiful views of surrounding bays and fjords along the way. Continue from the pass toward Hornvik, camping near Hofn.

12km of walking

Day 5: Hornbjarg

Today is often considered the highlight of the trek: a day trip to the remarkable Hornbjarg cliffs. Passing over large, flat expanses of emerald green grass, you’ll arrive abruptly at what seems to be the end of the world. Sheer cliffs up to 534m high stretch into the distance, and everywhere you look there are birds.

Sea birds including guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills and fulmars nest here in the summer, using the cliff face like a high rise. You’ll also see plenty of puffins. As protected birds they have no reason to fear humans, so you can often get very close to them to admire their colorful beaks and take pictures. Return to your camp in Hofn in the evening.

16km of walking

Day 6: Hornvik to Isafjordur

In the morning you’ll cross a final mountain pass and make the scenic descent to Veidileysufjordur, an 8km long fjord ringed by mountains. Walk along the stony beach to Meleyri to catch a ferry back to Isafjordur.

11km of walking

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.


You will camp in the Icelandic wilderness, remote from any facilities. Tents sleep 2 people.


Iceland is a small but diverse island nation straddling the Arctic Circle. With just over 330,000 inhabitant, Iceland has a smaller population than most European cities. Almost two-thirds of the population live in and around Reykjavik, leaving the rest of the country very sparsely populated.

The Westfjords area is a peninsula in northwestern Iceland connected to the mainland by a sliver of an isthmus. The peninsula is extremely mountainous, and its perimeter consists of sheer rock cliffs that plummet into the sea. Many parts of the Westfjords are only accessible by foot or boat. The only towns are wedged onto narrow bits of land between the waterfront and the cliffs.

Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is located in the northernmost part of the Westfjords. It is home to a stunning array of bird life, including puffins, kittiwakes, guillemonts and red-necked pharalopes. The cliffs of Hornbjarg teem with life, all the way from the bottom of the cliffs where the surf pounds the rock, to the grassy clifftops where puffins dig their burrows. Arctic foxes are also common in Hornstrandir, and because they’re protected they’re not shy! Though wildlife thrives in Hornstrandir, people do not—the area has been uninhabited for more than 60 years.

Start point?
You will meet at the harbour in Isafjordur. Your guide will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off at the harbour in Isafjordur. Your guide will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Iceland’s international airport is located in Keflavik, about 45 minutes west of Reykjavik. Direct flights between mainland Europe and Iceland are frequent throughout the year. Taxis, shuttles and buses are available to take you between the airport and Raykjavik.

From Reykjavik you can drive (5 hours) or fly (40 minutes) to Isafjordur. The daily flight from Reykjavik leaves at 8:00 AM.


What extra costs are there?

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Flights to and from Iceland
  • Transportation to and from Isafjordur
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation before and after the tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for your guides
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 6

How fit do I need to be?

Due to the long days of trekking with full packs, you must be an experienced hiker with a very good level of fitness.

Can I book on my own?

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

How big will the group be?

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people, and a maximum of 8. Please note, if there are not 2 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Is there a minimum age?

Yes, participants need to be 18+ to take part.

What’s the weather like?

Despite the country’s name, summers in Iceland are surprisingly temperate courtesy of the warm North Atlantic and Gulf Stream currents. Temperatures in Isafjordur average 2 to 11°C through the summer. Weather conditions can be very changeable, though, so prepare to for all conditions every day, including wind and rain. Days are long, and though you can’t see the true “midnight sun” from mainland Iceland, there’s continuous daylight for two weeks in midsummer.

What’s the food like?

Icelandic food is largely based on seafood, lamb and dairy, though locally produced vegetable are becoming more common. Favorite dishes include roasted lamb, salmon fillets, skyr (yogurt), blueberries, bread and pastries, and the very popular hot dog.

Can my dietary restrictions be accommodated?

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

What should I pack?

In Iceland there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing! Bring plenty of warm and waterproof layers, including a waterproof jacket and trousers, thermal top and bottom, gloves, hat, water bottle, sunglasses, sleeping bag, and a 60 - 70 L pack to carry it all in. Your host will provide a complete packing list after booking.