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Long hike Sept Oct Westfjords

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Long hike Sept Oct Westfjords

HELLO

My name is Leonardo and I'm writing from Canada.

I'm organizing a solo hike traverse of the Westfjords leaving Reykjavik on sept 18 for one month.

I'm having troubles finding transportation services that runs after august.

My itinerary will need links between:

1)Bus from bus from Reykjavik to Stykkisholmur

2)Ferry from Stykkisholmur to breidafjordur

3)Ferry from Isafjorour to Hornvik

4)Bus from Holmavik to Rejkavik

On the Internet I've found many busses/ferries seaturs/westtours/ferry baldur/straeto/sjoferdir/trex

but none of them have schedules after sept 11 and I am not sure if they are running or not.

Please any help would be loved.

Thanks

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1. Re: Long hike Sept Oct Westfjords

Do you know - do you know - that what you just said really sounds like suicide? Do you know that?

You are not hiking the West Fjords in October, alone.

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2. Re: Long hike Sept Oct Westfjords

Hello there and thanks for the answer,

Why would you say so?

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3. Re: Long hike Sept Oct Westfjords

Hi Diana,

Obviously you live in Iceland and you have a far better idea of how the region is,

I am expecting temperatures around 0 and lots of rain, I'll be travelling with one week worth of food between towns and I'm a fairly experienced hiker.

Please share your thoughts with me..

Thanks

Leonardo

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5. Re: Long hike Sept Oct Westfjords

Very typical of this forum.

Leonardo, this is a very poor place to ask about hiking advice, as the forum is geared towards crowd that would rather go on a paid tour than explore on their own.

As long as you know what to expect during your hike, are prepared, and willing to endure possible storms, then these people shouldn't be stopping you from enjoying pure nature.

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7. Re: Long hike Sept Oct Westfjords

I too am a local like Diana and I too am going to warn against this plan in the strongest of words.

I am a former SAR member and experienced hiker/camper.

There is a reason you aren’t finding schedules for that time of year. Namely the high odds you would be making a one-way trip.

As an indicator of the unexpected weather and harsh conditions that can occur then it should suffice to point out that in October 1995 an avalanche killed 20 people in Flatyeri in the west-fjords.

The average temperature in October tends to be around 3C. That is an average based on measurements made in towns (sea-level) so the sway can be to around or below zero at night and 5-6 over the day. Add to that the more or less inevitable rain, winds, sleet, snow… What kills people is not an extremely low temperature. As a rule then once you get to below -5 you also tend to get calmer winds and storms. What tends to kill people is when it’s windy and wet over the day and then drops to around 0 in the evening and night. Ideal conditions for hypothermia. I too have camped in extremely low temperatures (-18) and is a doodle compared to trying to keep warm in cold but wet conditions.

I have yet to see the tent that can stand up to the strong winds one can expect. I have yet to find the right combination of water-proof and breathable that can keep you warm and dry for extended periods in an Icelandic storm. I have personally experienced an expedition grade tent get blown to shreds in less than 20 minutes (training with SAR in November – we managed to crawl down the mountain (literally) and hike to safety. 7 km took us over 8 hours).

There are no cities in the west-fjords. There are towns and villages and even these are few and spread. The mountains – although not high – tend to have extremely steep slopes/cliffs near the top and a level, exposed plateau on top. There is NO shelter and both the accent and decent can be extremely risky. Plus if you don’t have a clear and known route you will have to get past gullies and dead ends.

Plus we Icelanders are rather hospitable and I hate to think of the 100+ SAR volunteers that will go out to search for you, even if you decide on this insanity despite our warnings.

Frankly – hiking in the wild in the West-Fjords at that time of year is IMHO a foolish and extremely selfish decision.

Finally – Diana is one of the more positive, knowledgeable and inviting posters on the Iceland forum. This is the first time I have seen her use some of the relatively negative words she used. I think there was ample cause.

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8. Re: Long hike Sept Oct Westfjords

"Plus we Icelanders are rather hospitable and I hate to think of the 100+ SAR volunteers that will go out to search for you, even if you decide on this insanity despite our warnings."

This is the most important part of your reply. Even here in Italy, Alpine Support helps a lot of people (for emergency or imprudence) and every year some volunteer gives his live during one of this rescues. Please, think about other people when planning this suicidal missions!

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9. Re: Long hike Sept Oct Westfjords

Thank you very very much everyone for the clarifications.

You guys maybe saved my life... ; )

I'm unfortunately now stuck with a 1 month stopover in Iceland from sept 16...

I really wanna get some hiking in and at this point I wander if even the south would be too dangerous.

Could you guys give me some suggestions on what to do?

Thanks Diana, Gestur, Ale and SAR around the world.

P.S. Ale sei parte del soccorso? Abiti in Italia o ti sei spostato?

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10. Re: Long hike Sept Oct Westfjords

There are worse dilemmas than to be "stuck" with a 1-month layover in Iceland during autumn! :)

Plenty of day hikes are to be had all around the country. Later in September and into October it becomes important to check the weather forecast before setting out as to avoid unexpected snow/rain/wind storms. You can overnight at hostels and designated campsites. If I were you, I would rent a car and see the Westfjords first and then the rest of the north, before moving onto the south. I was in the Westfjords in early September of last year and it is a beautiful area. Daytime temperatures were about 8-10C and nighttime temperatures were about 3-6C, if I recall. I would imagine that in mid-September the temperatues would be a few degrees cooler. However, because the area receives such strong and occasionally violent weather starting in the autumn, with snowstorms that can close down the roads, it is important to check the daily weather forecast even if you have a car. Have fun!