Wildlife and Arctic Foxes
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This tour will take us to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. To get to the nature reserve must be done by boat, it is the only way to explore Hornstrandir, the trip to Kvíar is a way to experience the isolation of this place and its impressive landscape. Nature lovers will enjoy this unique experience, surrounded by the purest Icelandic nature, walk in the unspoiled nature, observe the arctic foxes and enjoy a delicious homemade dinner in our beautiful restored farmhouse.
Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is one of the few places in the world where foxes can raise their young without fear of being prey to hunters. This makes foxes friendly to humans, making them easier to spot and get close to. For years, a family of arctic foxes have had their den near our country house in Kvíar and that makes it a great place to venture from to get a good look at a mother with her cubs. They are quite playful and curious in the summer, so you can get some great photos, if that's your thing.
The boat trip lasts just over an hour, and we will cross fjords and mountain cliffs, then we drop off at the Kvíar farmhouse. When we are on land, we have a full day of exploration and enjoyment of the unspoiled nature that surrounds Kvíar Lodge. The itinerary is usually quite open depending on the preferences of the group, it is possible that some guests are interested in photography and want to put their patience to the test and wait for the foxes to appear. For those who want to take a little hike, they can walk through the valley behind the lodge and enjoy the beautiful waterfalls, or they can also relax outside Kvíar and breathe in the fresh, clean air that Iceland is known for.
In the afternoon, the guide will prepare a delicious dinner at the house. Visiting the house is like traveling back in time, it is a beautiful restored farmhouse that was originally built in 1921.
After dinner, the boat will pick us up and we will return to Ísafjörður at approximately 7:00 PM.
It is really difficult to promise that we will see the foxes. There are many factors that can influence, such as the tide (they usually go down to the beach at low tide in search of food), they may be sleeping somewhere in the hills or just in the den. But we will do our best and use our knowledge of his behavior and his habitual whereabouts.
This itinerary is a guide only and is subject to change based on weather and group capacity.
What is included
- Boat ride
- Professional guide
- Delicious homemade lunch and dinner
What do I need to bring
- Warm outdoor clothing. Please avoid cotton as it keeps you cold when wet and takes a very long time to dry
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Hiking boots. Please use waterproof high-top hiking boots which provide ankle support.
- Hat and gloves
- Sunhat, sunglasses and sunscreen
- Small backpack
- Some snacks for the day
- Water bottle
- Don't forget your camera!
Good to know
- We need a minimum of 2 participants to operate the tour. Maximum group is 10