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Hornstrandirs vildmark med Aurora som bas, 6 dagar (5106)

Följ med på en oförglömlig tur till de natursköna områdena i Västfjordarna på nordvästra Island. Vi har en 60 fots segelbåt som bas och tar oss runt i en mäktig natur. Vi besöker även den unika ön Vigur med sitt rika fågelliv.

De avsides belägna fjordarna i naturreservatet Hornstrandir på isländska västfjordarna gör det perfekt att färdas med segelbåt. Med Aurora kommer vi snabbt till olika intressanta platser i området och vi har även med oss kajaker som vi kan använda nedanför fågelberg och bland sälkolonierna.

Den senast permanent boende människan flyttade härifrån 1952 och nu finns det bara några sommarhus. Det finns inga vägar utan området är endast tillgängligt till fots eller med båt. Naturreservatet erbjuder ett dramatiskt landskap med majestätiska fågelberg och lummiga dalar. Området är rikt på djur med närmare 50 olika fågelarter som häckar, fjällrävar, sälar, valar, delfiner och tumlare. De stora fågelbergen vid Hälavik och Hornvik är hem för 3-4 miljoner sjöfåglar såsom sillgrissla, lunnefågel, stormfågel, tordmule och tretåig mås.

Vår bekväma och säkra 60 fot expeditionsyacht Aurora som bas för våra expeditioner ger oss en mycket bra flexibilitet för vår resväg. 


Paddling i Jokurfirdir

Resan genomföres med engelsktalande guider och nedan följer resans program på engelska.

Läs mer om skeppet Aurora som vi färdas med
Aurora

 Resedatum (5106)
 

2016:

27 juni - 2 juli
4 - 9 juli
11 - 16 juli
 

 Pris
 

Per person: 1790 €

OBS! Ovanstående pris är dagsaktuellt pris och kan komma att ändras. Redan bokade resor ändras dock normalt inte (se resevillkoren)

 Priset inkluderar Se även här!
  • All mat ombord på Aurora och på dagsutflykterna
• Boende ombord på Aurora
• Lån av seglarkläder (Gore-Tex jacka och byxa), flytväst och säkerhetssele.
• Engelskspråkig guide
• Kayakutrustning (kajak, paddel, torrdräkts-topp, flytväst).
• Transfer från/till flygplatsen i Isafjordur.
• Alla skatter och avgifter
 Priset inkluderar inte Se även här!
  • Flyg till och från Isafjordur
• Mat första dagen innan bordning av Aurora
• Utrustning som finns med i personliga packlistan.
• Komplett reseförsäkring. Läs mer här.
(Kan dock köpas direkt här på webben)

Svårighetsgrad: Lätt till utmanande

Program
Nedan följer det planerade programmet. Väder och vind bestämmer dock färdplan. Med segeljakten Auora så kan vi förflytta oss till det område som för dagen ger den bästa upplevelsen.

Day 1
Departure from Ísafjörður at 19:00 on the sailing yacht AURORA. 1-2 hours sailing to Seyðisfjörður fjord and anchor either at Eyri or Folafótur.

Onshore we will take a short walk with the opportunity to observe the many different species of birds found here such as: Puffin, Black Guillemot, Whooper Swan, Eider, Fulmar, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Common Snipe, Common Redshank, Glaucous Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Arctic Tern, Pied Wagtail, Redwing, Raven, Cormorant, Shag and many others.


Day 2
After a short sail, we will arrive at the small island of Vigur and take an excursion ashore. This is a very unique place where man and nature have coexisted in balance and harmony. Here, thousands of seabirds come ashore to breed during the short summer.

Vigur is home to large colonies of Eiders, Puffins, Arctic Terns and Black Guillemots. Along with these birds, there are a number of passerine species such as Snow Bunting, Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipits. With luck, we will catch sight of a White Tailed Eagle or Gyrfalcon. It may also be possible to spot King Eiders that often pair with common Eider females, producing exquisite looking hybrids.

The island also has a cultural and architectural history worth exploring. Here, the only windmill in Iceland can be found, as can the oldest house on the island—the recently renovated Viktoría House—which was built in 1860, and Vigurbreiður(an eight-person, 200 year old rowboat). We will spend a few hours walking around the island and stop for coffee and freshly baked cakes in the Viktoría house.

In the afternoon we will sail towards the Jökulfirðir Fjords (Glacier Fjords). Our passage takes us along the coast of Snæfjallaströnd and around the headland of Bjarnanúpur. We will be able to sail in close proximity to the towering cliffs, which house large Fulmar colonies, and we will also observe ocean birds such as Kittiwake, Arctic Tern and Guillemots. There may be an option to hike across the mountain to Grunnavík Bay to meet up with Aurora.

Continuing our journey we will enter Jökulfirðir and sail to the abandoned settlement of Hesteyri, where we will anchor for the night. While the last residents of Hesteyri moved away in the 1950´s, many of them maintain their old residences and use them as summerhouses. We will explore the old village and take a short walk along its exquisite sandy beaches. We will be watchful for Harlequin Ducks, which are both beautiful and engaging to observe. Iceland is their only breeding ground in Europe. We also hope to see Purple Sandpipers, Ringed Plovers, Golden Plovers, Common Snipe, Oystercatcher and Long Tailed Ducks. Given this rich profusion of bird life, we expect to see the Arctic Foxes that inhabit this area.

Day 3
We will now be in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, where flora and fauna rule unchallenged and unspoiled. The last permanent residents moved away in 1952, with only summer houses remaining. There are no roads in this area and the only access is by boat. The vegetation is surprisingly lush. Angelica grows down to the coast over two meters high, and the lowlands and slopes are decorated by spreading patches of Wood Crane’s-bill, Fleabanes, Cotton Grass, Lady Smock and a profusion of other wildflowers. In the rocky and sandy areas we also have flowers such as Wild Thyme, Oysterplant, Arctic Poppy, Roseroot, Moss Campion and Thrift. Later in the summer and in the hills, we can find Crowberries (Blackberries) and Blueberries (Bilberries).

During the morning we have several options for wonderful walks/hikes. We can walk to the ruins of the old whaling station where Norwegians processed around 12,000 barrels of whale-oil between 1894 and 1915 when the Icelandic government passed a law on the protection of whales in Icelandic waters. Subsequently, Icelandic companies processed herring in the same plant until it was finally shut down around 1940. There is also an option of a 5-6 hour hike across the mountain pass to Aðalvík, as well as the option to stay on board Aurora as she continues to sail around the peninsula. Later, we continue our sail along the coast of Grænahlíð, where we may see the remains of wrecks of two British and one Icelandic trawler that ran aground during the fifties and sixties. Our voyage continues around the headland of Ritur and into Aðalvík Bay, where we will anchor at Sæból.

Sailing time today will be approximately four hours. En route, we may glimpse Minke Whales, porpoises and dolphins. We may also try some sea angling whilst underway and see if we can catch cod or haddock for dinner. For those who opt for the hike we will walk from Hesteyri to the abandoned farm of Slétta, where stunning vistas over the surrounding bays await us. Continuing upwards and across the mountain pass, we will visit the old church at Staður, which is situated next to a serene lake. While exploring around the old priest residence, we are likely to encounter ankle-deep Birch shrubs, Wood Crane’s-Bill and Lady’s Mantle. On the lake we may observe such birds as Whooper Swans, Red-Throated Diver and Great Northern Diver. We will continue onwards, rejoining Aurora where she will be anchored off Sæból.

Day 4 - Thursday
We will sail from Sæból in Aðalvík bay towards the headland of Straumnes. Underneath the cliffs we will see remains from the wreck of the coaster Goðafoss that ran aground there in 1916. We will continue east and sail past the headland of Kögur and past the bays of Fljótavík and Hlöðuvík.

We will enter the bay of Hornvík under the huge cliffs of Hælavíkurbjarg. In these cliffs there are the world's largest colonies of Common Guillemot and Brünnich Guillemot but also major populations of Kittiwake, Razorbill and Fulmars. We will sail close to shore with the 300m cliffs towering overhead. Weather and sea-state permitting we will sail through the narrow pass behind the cliff of Súlnastapi. This gives us a chance to see thousands of birds up close as well as seeing many birds diving under the boat. In addition to the birds that we mentioned before we may also see others such as Puffins, Ravens, Gyrfalcon and Arctic Skua. More rare are Great Skua and Gannets.

We will continue towards the head of the bay and anchor there. Total sailing time today is approximately four hours. Hornvík is a prime location to see Arctic Foxes and if we are at anchor early we may go ashore for a short walk.

Foto: Mikael Grönvik, Grönlandsresor


Day 5
Today there will be no sailing, but we will focus on the magnificent bird cliff of Hornbjarg to check out the seabird colonies there as well as look for the Arctic Foxes. We will walk up to the edge of the cliffs and along the length of the cliffs. This walk will take about 3-5 hours. The birds we will see in the cliffs are primarily Common Guillemot, Brünnich Guillemot, Razorbill, Fulmar and Kittiwake. It is estimated that there are about 1 million breeding pairs of Guillemot in Hornvík and Hælavík.

Hornvík is home to many Arctic Foxes and if we can, we will track down a few dens and try to see some of them and their cubs. Twice every day huge flocks of Kittiwake gather for a fresh water bath in the river and in one particular lake. This is a very interesting sight and we will try to make time for a short walk into the valley to see this. There we may also see Whooper Swans, Ringed Plover, Arctic Skua, Snow Bunting, Purple Sandpipers and Red Necked Phalaropes.

Day 6
We will leave the anchorage around 9am and head back towards Ísafjörður. Depending on the interest of the group we have an option of sailing a small detour north of the Arctic Circle. The Arctic Circle is only around 5 nautical miles north of Hornvík bay at 66º 33' 39" N. On the way there we may see whales such as Orcas, Minke whale, Humpback whale as well as Porpoises and Dolphins. After about 7-8 hours of sailing we will be back in Ísafjörður, arriving around 16:00.

Praktiska tips och fakta
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Paddling i Hornstrandir

Foto: Haukur
Fjällräv i Hornstrandir naturreservat
Foto: Haukur

Foto: Haukur
Svart sillgrissla på ön Vigur
Foto: Haukur

Foto: Haukur
Lunnefågel på ön Vigur
Foto: Haukur


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Expeditionsyachten Aurora