Iceland's Northwest Fjords
Paddling Hornstrandir: Iceland's Northwest Fjords
Skill Level: BCU 3 star, or ACA level 3
Dates: July 6-12, $2495per/person from Reykjavik
This is the westernmost tip of Europe! Located near the arctic circle on the Greenland Sea, Hornstrandir Nature Preserve is one of the wildest places left on Iceland. This is the most rugged part of Iceland, well beyond the reaches of the ring road and nested below the Drangajkull icecap; it is home to arctic fox and huge cliff faces dotted with fulmars, guillemots, kittiwakes, puffins and razerbills. If we are very lucky, we may even see one of the few remaining pairs of White Tailed Sea Eagles on the planet. The sea is by far the best place to view these cliffs along with a variety of seal and whale species. Our days will be spent paddling by a variety of smaller fiords, abandoned whaling colonies and huge fields of summer wildflowers...all in the wake of Erik the Red. Did I mention this area is the birthplace of Leif Erickson? It just has explorer written all over it.
Guides: Michael Gray will be guiding and bringing his 30 years of guiding experience to bear on this exploratory trip.
Equipment: Once again, we're building a premium trip using only the good stuff. We will have Lendal paddles, NDK Explorers, European tents and 4 star level gear.
Pace: We travel between 20-30 kilometers each day with time enough for hiking and exploration. Its important to stay flexible in our itinerary to take best advantage of the conditions that we encounter.
Weather/conditions: Similar conditions to southcentral Alaska can be expected. Daytime highs may get to be low 60's with evening lows into the low 40's. Wind and rain are common as we are near where the Greenland sea meets the gulfstream and creates "interesting" weather. Remember...summer near the arctic circle means lots and lots of daylight (19 hours+).
Qualifications: Like our Alaska programs, this program is built for those with a higher skill level that is appropriate for the kind of conditions we are likely to encounter. If you haven't been through the BCU or ACA ranks to gain these skills, we will accept a paddling resume and word from those who can vouch for you. Our trips owe a great deal of their success to this participant screening process.
Dates & Cost: July 6-12, 2013, $2495per/person from Reykjavik
What's included: Internal flights, all group gear on the trip, premium expedition fiberglass kayaks, guides, meals during the backcountry trip, guesthouse lodging where applicable and the kind of back-country meals you'd expect from one of our trips...all with an Icelandic accent.
July 6: Arrival day in Reykjavik. Shop and pack for backcountry overnight in Reyjavik guesthouse.
July 7: Morning flight to Isafjordur and RV with our boats for adjustments and shuttle to start
July 7 - 11: Paddling itinerary over these days is weather forecast dependent, but the West Fjords offer a great deal of fun for day trips. Overnight in guesthouse on the 11th at Isafjodur.
July 12: Flights back to Reykjavik Domestic airport. Overnight in Reyjavik prior to flights back to country of origin (on Saturday July 13).
July 13: Flights home.
Reservations are held with a deposit of $500 and a completed Participant Profile Form; 50% of the balance of your total trip fee is due 60 days before departure. The final 50% is due 30 days prior to departure. Deposit fully refundable up to 60 days before departure. We are happy to take deposits by credit card over the phone.
Phone us toll-free 1-866-882-5525 for Credit Card
payments. You will receive trip equipment list and client survey form