Green Cliffs of Hornstrandir

Hiking in Hornstrandir 

Whole day hike on the Green Cliff in Hornstrandir

Experience the nature and history of Hornstrandir on this new hiking trip with breathtaking view over the whole Ísafjarðardjúp Bay. We'll discover remains from a British radar station from WWII, see many species of icelandic birds and end the trip on a beautiful volcanic sand beach.

  • Meeting point: Our base camp Bræðraborg café at Aðalstræti 22B, be there half an hour before departing time

  • Departing time: The boat departs at 9:00. 

  • Minimum age: 14 years.

  • Minimum number of participants: 2 persons.

  • Trip difficulty: 4 out of 5. Challenging

  • Duration: The hiking time is about 6 hours and the distance is 13 km. The altitude gain is 600 meters. 

  • Included: Boat transport both ways, professional guiding and delicious lunch and snacks. 

Disclaimer: All hiking trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. BOREA 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

The route takes you along the sheer cliffs of Grænahlíð that for many decades was the best shelter for fishing trawlers when storms reigned in the Atlantic. The ground is mostly soft and easy to walk on but we start with a 500 meter climb up a trail to the top of Mt. Darri where we´ll be rewarded with a breath taking view. 

We start with an hour boat ride to the bay of Aðalvík where we get dropped of on the shore by a zodiac in Látrar where once was a thriving village. The first part of the hike is up the slope of Mt. Darri where we follow a pretty good path made by the British Navy during the WWII when they had a base up on the mountain. The construction started in 1943 where they set up a Radar and two 20 mm Oerlikon airguns including generators, warehouse and barracks for the soldiers.

This was a very secret operation during the war and the purpose was to watch German planes or ships coming into Icelandic waters. There was even a funicular railway to the top. The remains can be seen on the beach. Once up on top of the mountain, a jeep track, is still remarkably visible that leads to the barracks made of concrete. The remains of big artillery can be seen and one of the Oerlikon gun is actually at the museum in Ísafjörður.

The barracks are right at the edge of the mountain and it’s great to take a peak over the edge where the cliff drops almost straight to the ocean. We continue over easy grounds along the edge and take in the view over the big bay of Ísafjarðardjúp and watch the birds soar along the cliffs right next to us. We continue over a mixture of easy grassy terrain and some rocky patches to the small Lake Teistavatn where whooper swans and kittiwakes can be seen. We then make our way on to the main path leading to Hesteyri but instead of walking all the way there, we descend down to beautiful beaches of Slétta where seals can be spotted along the shores. In good weather there is a greart opportunity to take a short swim in the sea. We’ll be picked up by a boat for a return trip to Ísafjörður.

  • Warm outdoor clothing.
  • Waterproof jacket and pants.
  • Hiking boots.
  • A cap.
  • Day backpack.
  • Water bottle.
  • Towel and swimsuit if the weather is nice and you want to take a dip in the Atlantic!
  • Don't forget your camera!
Check out some moments from Green Cliffs of Hornstrandir