We did an all-day hike with West Tours in the beautiful Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in June 2017. Since the nature reserve is in such a remote part of the Westfjords, you need to take a boat ride back and forth to get there, which was all part of the tour. The boat starts by taking you from Isafjordur to Saebol where a zodiac then transfers you ashore.
The hike itself is long (14 km) and starts with an incline until you're on the top of a small mountain. From there it's all descent until you reach the beach of Hesteyri, which is the pick-up point for the boat. Overall the hike wasn't too strenuous (I'm not a regular hiker in any way), but it's definitely good to be prepared for some of the tougher, rocky parts during the ascent. The guide let us all go completely at our own pace, which was great for me because I have a bad knee. It didn't feel like anybody needed to race and with frequent stops on the way everyone got to relax and take in the beautiful scenery. It took our group about 7 hours to complete the hike.
The day hike is definitely worth a trip if you're in the Westfjords region. Especially if you're looking to experience a more remote part of Iceland. As a native Icelander, I can truly say that this is as remote as it gets! Bring a camera for all the beautiful nature and wildlife (we saw Arctic Foxes), good hiking shoes/clothing for all kinds of weather, food, and a water bottle to drink from all those mountain rivers. I can't thank West Tours more for putting together such a beautiful day tour in one of Iceland's most beautiful regions.
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