Hornstrandir Panorama

Hiking tour in Iceland

Great hiking in the pristine wilderness of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve 

The hike takes travelers up the valley of Bæjardalur, over streams, maybe few snow fields and down the lush valley of Kvíadalur enjoying the panoramic view on the way. There are no trails or other signs of human presence on the route. In Hornstrandir, nature rules unchallenged.
  • Meeting point: Our basecamp, Bræðraborg café, Aðalstræti 22b, be there half an hour before departing time 
  • Departure time: The boat departs at 09:00 AM. 
  • 12 years.
  • 4 persons.
  • Trip difficulty: 3 out of 5 Moderate 
  • 13 hours
  • Transfer, boat tour, guide, delicious lunch and dinner. 

 We did the Hornstrandir Panorama Tour today. It was an amazing tour. We saw whales on the boat trip to Hornstrandir, had a really nice hike and crossed Kviarfjall with awesome views even to the glacier. As we got to Lonafjordur we had a break in a nicely renovated former farmhouse. While our guides cooked the dinner, we had another hour to explore the surrounding area where we could observe polar foxes. Carla and Joonas are the best guides, I would recommend honestly! Thanks for this unforgettable day!

Muriel Via Tripadvisor

DisclaimerAll 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.


This great trip to Hornstrandir starts in Bræðraborg Café in Ísafjörður in the morning where you meet your guide and get the lunch pack for the day. We then walk the few hundred meters to the harbour and get on board the speedboat that takes us to our destination. 

After about an hour scenic boat ride over fjords and along mountain cliffs, the group will be dropped off at the old farmstead of Steig in Veiðileysufjörður Fjord or a it further into the fjord at Karlsstaðir, depending on conditions.

Then a gentle hike takes us up the valley, over streams and through flower fields, where there are no trails or other signs of human presence. This is Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, where nature rules un-challenged. We’ll reach an elevation of around 460 meters and enjoy a fantastic view of the surrounding fjords. We’ll stop for a well-earned lunch consisting of homemade delicacies along the way. 

In the afternoon we descend down Kvíadalur valley to the old farmhouse at Kvíar. At Kvíar, you can relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings while your guide prepares a delicious dinner. An arctic fox family has for years had their den in the farmhouse’s backyard and the cubs usually get curious when guests appear.


  • Warm outdoor clothing.
  • Waterproof jacket and pants.
  • Hiking boots.
  • A cap.
  • Day backpack.
  • Water bottle.
  • Don't forget your camera!

1. What is the elevation gain in this trip?

The highest point is roughly at 460 m. We start the hike from ocean level so the elevation gain is about 650 meters.  


2. Are there well marked trails en route?t

There are no trails in area but some rock cairns from old days marks the route. The ground is rocky up on the plateu so it's necessary to have good hiking shoes. 


Check out some moments from Hornstrandir Panorama