Hiking in Hornstrandir without a guide – 5 day hike from Hesteyri to Veiðileysufjörður

Hornbjarg, Hornstrandir

Whilst most tourists to Iceland may spend their time on the south coast, the West Fjords are a hidden gem that rarely get a mention. And even more so the incredible uninhabited nature reserve that is Hornstrandir. If you’re looking to hike amongst stunning scenery in an unspoilt wilderness, then Hornstrandir is the ultimate destination. I’ve been to all corners of Iceland, but this is by far my favourite place. Many people choose to hire a guide, however as long as you plan well in advance and have the appropriate gear, a self guided hike it easily achievable.

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Perfect 7 day summer road trip in Iceland – How much can you see in a week?

Skogafoss.  Waterfalls in Iceland.

Iceland has to be my all time favourite destination. There’s so much to see and do and I always aim to see and do as much as possible every time I visit. I always choose to rent a car to get around, giving me the freedom to explore at my own pace and to get off the beaten track. If you want to see beautiful mountains, volcanic landscapes and abundant sea and birdlife, then then the land of fire and ice is for you!

A week is an ideal amount of time to see plenty of Iceland, but I would refrain from aiming to circle the entire island as you’ll fine you’ll be driving almost the whole time. Instead I would focus on exploring the many sights that the south coast has to offer. Read on to get some ideas that may help you with you road trip planning.

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