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Icelandic Winter Explorer

2,350 EUR / £2,100 per person*

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On booking, your final balance will include a carbon offset contribution in line with our eco-policy. For more information, please contact us

*Trips are priced in the operator’s local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

5 nights

This trip starts in Ísafjörður and goes to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve and the fjords around. The area is only accessible by boat and is known for being the home of the arctic fox.

The itinerary will possibly include stargazing and looking for Northern Lights, looking for whales and the arctic fox, hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing and even skiing. Final itinerary of this adventure will depend on weather and sea conditions.

This outing is suitable for people of all ages and varying interests.

Trip Start: Various Dec, Jan & Feb



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VESSEL

Vessel Type

Dutch Ketch

Vessel Length

70 feet

Skipper

Yes

Berth

12 guest bunks (single) – but usually sails with 10

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

50% and strict

See deposit and cancellations policy

Included

  • Airport transfer at Ísafjörður
  • 6 days (5 nights) on a sailboat
  • Sailing instruction
  • Services of guides and crew
  • Guided walks and excursions
  • Use of sea kayaks amongst the fjords (optional, please enquire)
  • Use of stand-up paddle boards (SUP)
  • Use of wet weather sailing clothing
  • All meals for the duration of the trip.

Additional

  • Flights not included.
  • Alcohol is not provided but you can bring your own. Consumption is always at the discretion of the skipper.

Practical Info

Open to beginner sailors.

A good level of fitness recommended.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Internal flights to Ísafjöròur from Reykjavik.

Getting back

Internal flights to Reykjavik from Ísafjöròur.

It is also possible to hire a car and drive from Reykjavik.

This trip starts in Ísafjörður and goes to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve and the fjords around. The area is only accessible by boat and is known for being the home of the arctic fox.

The itinerary will possibly include stargazing and looking for Northern Lights, looking for whales and the arctic fox, hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing and even skiing. Final itinerary of this adventure will depend on weather and sea conditions.

This outing is suitable for people of all ages and varying interests.

ITINERARY

Hornstrandir Wildlife, North East Iceland

Northern Iceland

66°25N 22°.39W

Join: Ísafjöròur

Leave: Ísafjöròur

Iceland’s West Fjords region is one of the country’s most remote areas and offers endless outdoor pursuits in its mountains, sheltered fjords and bays. Our favourite area to explore in the West Fjords is the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, with its rich history and unspoiled landscapes. The area is virtually inaccessible. There are no roads in the nature reserve—the only way to venture there is by boat. Due to its remote location, it is very possible to stay there for days without meeting a single soul. Doing so, you will discover the essence of remote Iceland. The fjords are deep and dramatic, with marine and aviary life aplenty, and an abundance of silence and unexplored landscapes for the curious and adventurous explorer.

The Hornstrandir Nature Reserve offers adventure-seekers the perfect opportunity to fulfill their dreams. Situated on the northwest tip of Iceland, the area has been uninhabited for more than 60 years and, with no roads, boats represent the only way to reach the area. On this trip we will use the expedition sailboat as our mother ship. The ship will allow us to experience new, inspiring adventures every day, while anchoring in a different magical place each night. You will find lush valleys filled with wild flowers, beautiful sandy beaches, deep fjords and towering cliffs. Great hiking and walking routes wind their way between the desolated fjords and bays, with spectacular views from the mountains to the sea.

The island of Vigur is a unique place where man and nature have coexisted in balance and harmony and where thousands of birds such as puffins, Arctic terns and black guillemots come to breed during the short summer. Hesteyri has a rich history and offers opportunities for wonderful hikes to such enchanting places as Aðalvík Bay to the north. From here we will sail along the northern capes to the spectacular landscape of Hornvík Bay. Two of the largest bird-cliffs in Iceland exist here, as well as the world’s largest colonies of guillemots and major populations of kittiwake, razorbill and fulmars. This is also the kingdom of the Arctic fox and the only place in Iceland where they are fully protected, so they have a fairly relaxed temperament around humans. We’re confident the time spent exploring the Hornstrandir will leave you fascinated and inspired.

The expedition sailboat is our movable backcountry hut and awaits us every day with gourmet meals, warm and comfortable bunks and friendly conversation.

Weather

Iceland is a land of very mixed weather. As they say, if you don´t like the weather, wait for ten minutes!

Wildlife in Iceland

The wildlife is surprisingly rich in the Hornstrandir reserve. There are over 50 birds that breed in the Westfjords, two species of seals are very common and 12 species of whales can be spotted off the coast of north Iceland. Few land mammals can be found in Iceland, but the beautiful Arctic fox can easily be spotted in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve where it is protected.

Day to day programme

Even though we may not be far from “home”, this is still true exploration and the final itinerary will only be decided upon when we leave Ísafjörður harbour. Below is the most likely itinerary, but we will take into account weather and other conditions and always look for the best possible option.

KIT LIST

  • Thermal Underwear (At Least Two Sets)
  • Wool or Fleece Thermal Mid Layer (Multiple Thin Layers)
  • Hiking Pants (Cotton Not Recommended)
  • Down/Synthetic Thermal Jacket (Optional)
  • Waterproof, Breathable Jacket and Pants
  • Wool/Fleece Hat
  • Gloves (Two Pairs) and Mittens (One Pair)
  • Thick Wool/Synthetic Socks (3-4 Pairs) and Thinner Socks (2-3 Pairs)
  • Casual Clothes (For Happy Hour!)
  • Rubber-Soled Boat Shoes or Slippers
  • Sleeping Bag (Summer Rated Is Fine)
  • Soft Travel Bag (No Hard Suitcases)
  • Dark Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and Sun Hat
  • Swimsuit and Towels
  • Small Backpack (30-40 Litres)
  • Personal Medical Kit (Include Personal Medications, Band-Aids, Throat Lozenges, Lip
  • Salves, Seasickness Tablets, Etc.)
  • Water Bottle and/or Thermos (1 Litre)
  • Camera

INSURANCE

Specialist off-shore sailing insurance is required. We can direct you to the insurer we use. Ask for information when you enquire.

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LOCATION

“Highly recommended!”

Sara

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