Hornstrandir in May
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Apr 27, 2013 5:15 PM Last Post By: arghfar
Apr 22, 2013 10:23 PM
Hornstrandir in MayHello all,
I'm new here, so please forgive me if I blatantly avoid any kind of proper forum etiquette.
I ended up making a rookie mistake when planning a trip to Hornstrandir. I'm arriving in Isafjordur on May 28th, and planned to leave for Hornstrandir on the 29th. However, as it turns out, the ferries supplied by West Tours apparently don't operate til mid-June.
I really want to do a 6-day hike around and see the terrain. It's the main reason why I'm going to Iceland to begin with. I've looked into some other options, but came up empty.
There isn't a whole lot of information about traveling through Hornstrandir, unfortunately, and whatever information I have come by, doesn't mention anything about properly checking ferry dates. I was under the assumption that the ferries ran in May.
Does anyone know of any other ways to get from Isafjordur to Hesteyri during that time? I'm open to going to other parts of Hornstrandir, if that's what it takes.
Thanks in advance!
Edited by: arghfar
Apr 23, 2013 12:37 AM
1You can charter a boat at great expense. Or, for the experienced wilderness trekker willing to carry food for an extended expedition, and not worried about near total solitude in the land, you can walk in from the south: there's a road up the east coast and a road up the west coast; choose a side, get to the end of the road as best you can (no public transport), and walk in. The approach walk is probably a couple of days though, and don't expect a easily visible beaten path on the ground. You'll need Hiking Map #3 from these as well as the Hornstrandir map. http://www.strandir.is/hikingmaps/
There are often still patches of snow close to sea-level in Hornstrandir in July, so late May there will be a lot of snow about.
I'm afraid it seems to me kind of obvious that you check when the boats actually run rather than assuming.
You are rather early in the season for serious trekking. But there are extensive opportunities in other parts of the Westfjords not requiring ferries, as indicated by that series of hiking maps I linked you to (though don't expect well-beaten paths visible on the ground). Specialist hiking companies wanting to run an early season hike often choose the Eastfjords, where things seem to open slighly earlier, though there will still be patches of snow around there too. There's a whole network of trails which mapped and extensively described here. Though of course again don't expect well-beaten paths visible on the ground.
Apr 23, 2013 1:24 AM
May is still ski season in the Westfjords - last year I saw some fantastic ski pictures of ski trips to Hornstrandir in late May. It's not going to just be the passes that are full of snow, you're in for a winter adventure. If you check out today's webcam of Ísafjörður you will see that conditions are very wintery and there will still be lots of snow in the mountains in late May.
That being said, if you really want to go to Hornstrandir in the off season, I recommend the company Borea Adventures.
They will custom any tour you are interested in and have their own fleet of boats for ferrying. I suggest contacting them and they will help you plan something. Tell them mánaljós sent you ;-)
If Hornstrandir doesn't work out, contact me by private message. I can certainly help you plan a week of adventure in the Westfjords without going to Hornstrandir proper.
Apr 23, 2013 9:58 AM
Apr 23, 2013 10:43 AM
Apr 23, 2013 5:20 PM
The first scheduled trip to Hesteyri is on the 2nd of June from the town of Bolungarvik (15 minutes drive from Ísafjörður) with the ferry from Borea.
If you are hiking this early in the summer (from 15th of April to 15th of June) in Hornstrandir nature preserve you are required to report your traveling plans to the Environmental Agency. You should also beware that hiking paths and camping sites can be very wet so early. You can contact the park ranger for more information
Best of luck
Apr 23, 2013 9:39 PM
What a shame the private message function is disabled. I've met some wonderful people on this forum but I'm certainly not going to publish any contact details here.
In any case, I'd love to chat with you about the Westfjords, maybe we can meet there this summer.
Try contacting me via Facebook: Search for Mána Ljós (written exactly this way) and send me a message
Apr 27, 2013 5:15 PM
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