Hornstrandir Nature Reserve Reviews
Weather left much to be desired - would love to come back again for a day trip/tour and see the sun shining in the fjord. more »
Sailed and hiked here and loved it! Stunning valleys, fjords and hills. The trails are easy to locate and navigate. The weather can be a bit rough, but well worth it - just be prepared for any type of... more »
Beautiful scenery. Some say it's haunted.
Did 6 days of backpacking. Gorgeous scenery. Awesome place. Unpredictable weather. Hard top rain gear and heavy-duty rain paints are essential in order to avoid being soaked to the bone. GPS is also essential. Visibility was near zero and, at times, zero going through one mountain pass due to fog plus horizontal rain. Cairns were worthless. Three pieces of Fljotavatn area hiking advice. First, if you are planning to cross the Fljotavatn, there are two pathways across. Using one of them will save you three or more hours of hiking at least. However, the 2 or 3 maps of the area that I have seen place them at the wrong locations, much closer to the tidal mouth of the body of water than in reality. The actual locations are basically through the widest part of the water and can be crossed even during high tide -- if it hasn't been raining very heavily in recent days. There is a series of white, wooden signs marking the exact locations of the Fljotavatn crossings. Second piece of advice. Maybe forgo staying at the Flotavik campsite. Coming from Latrar, my spouse and I never made it anywhere near the campsite by Altastadir. I took too long trying to find one of the incorrectly placed crossings on my map. I risked hypothermia in my vain attempt. The next day, having to walk around much of Fljotavatn, I realized that even if I had known for sure where the actual crossings were, the amount of hiking involved in such a slow-going, boggy area as the Fljotavatn wasn't worth the effort to reach and camp at the Flotavik site. A conversation I had with a couple hikers who have stayed there confirm that there is nothing special about the site itself. So unless your information is better than mine or you are traveling during a dry time of year (which I'm not sure really exists in that area) then I would advise skipping the Fljotavik campsite. Though it is not something I normally advise, you can always camp at a non-designated spot on higher ground away from the bog. And you'll save yourself many hours of (needless) hiking. Third piece of advice. Consider wearing water socks as the area is boggy even in late August ( a relatively dry period). My spouse did and was able to hike quicker than I expected -- which was, of course, slower than if the ground was dry. High-top galoshes would be preferable to high-top hiking boots since they tend to rise higher on the leg. I opted to keep my hiking boots on and managed to keep my feet dry but barely. It's just so very easy to step and have your foot disappear in mud or water past the top of your boot. But I was traveling during very late August, a relatively dry time of year. (Still got soaked by heavy, prolonged rain.) Good luck.
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