We offer Guided Walks through Ísafjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland

Ísafjörður Walk                                              An interesting journey through time 

 

Why are people proud to live here now? What is important for them today? How do they live and think?

Are you interested in history and how people lived in the past centuries? 

Are you fascinated by old houses?

Do you like listening to legends and stories?

The small town of Ísafjörður is unique in Iceland. Its unusually well-preserved city centre dates from the 19th century and still reflects its charming history that remains alive in the legends and  stories. Ísafjörður is known today for its cultural and artistic diversity.

Our guide meets you at the Tourist Information, dressed as a woman from the 19th century, and takes you on a walk through the city and up to the slopes above Ísafjörður. On the way she shares her lunch box with you. You will visit interesting places, such as historical houses and trade centers from the prime time of Ísafjörður. Further, you will receive information on history and culture and hear a lot of stories about the people who lived here and their common beliefs. You will also visit the places the stories are told about.

At the end of your hike, in the middle of nature, experience an insight into Icelandic vegetation and the formation of the Westfjords while you enjoy the wonderful view of the fjord and surrounding valleys.

A special experience is a visit to Ísafjörður in winter, when the snow-covered landscape and the winter sky create a fascinating atmosphere.

It is possible to extend the walk by one hour on the following walks: Geology, Plants (only in summer), Autumn Colors (only in autumn) or Elves, Trolls and Stories

 

Daily in summer at 10:00, 14:00 and 17:00

in winter at 14:00

Meeting point: Tourist-Information-Center                  

Elevation: up to 20 m     

Duration: 2 hours 

Group size: 2-10 people

Price for one: 8.500 ISK (children up to 16 free), for 8-10 people 7.650 ISK

(for only one 17.000 ISK)

 

To make a booking, please contact me. I will answer you quickly.

 

 

Useful tips for a Walk

Useful tips for participants on a walk with Ísafjörður Guide

Summer (June to August):
Weather

Please be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions in Ísafjörður. The change from sunny weathers to rain and storm can happen within half an hour. So be prepared to experience rain, snow, storm as well as a bright and sunny sky during only one day.

Clothes

Therefore, I recommend you the peel-off method: wear several layers of clothing so that you are able to adopt your clothes to the weather conditions during the walk. Depending on the weather, it would be best to start layering with a T-shirt, as even Icelandic summers can be warm! For the next layer, I would recommend you a fleece or a proper sweater, which keeps you warm at shady places. A wind and weather-proof jacket will protect you from rain and winds. However, even during summers the temperatures might drop so that you should bring a warm, lined outdoor jacket.

As Ísafjörður is surrounded by the sea, we have a maritime climate with chilly winds. Therefore, I would also recommend you to bring a cap (or headband) and gloves.

Footwear

While walking through town and up to the surrounding hills, we will meet various road conditions. In nature we will find uneven gravel roads and narrow tracks. Please choose rather sturdy shoes with a good tread. Hiking boots would be a good choice.

For a Walk in the nature hiking sticks can be helpful.

Sunlight

The sunlight in the north might be more intense than it is back in your home country. Please protect sensitive skin with suntan lotion on sunny days.

 

Winter

The winters in the West Fjords can be very snowy. With good hiking boots you are perfectly equipped. Please do not forget underglove Spikes for your shoes. The weather is very unstable, even in winter. It often changes from frost to thaw of snow to rain. Therefore, rapidly forming ice, which can easily lead to accidents.

 

Exclusion of liability

Please keep in mind that I cannot accept any liability for personal or material damage if not gross negligence came into existence. Therefore, I ask you to be prepared and wear suitable clothing including safe walking shoes and thus prevent accidents. Usually I ask my guests if and to what extent they feel able to walk on uneven paths in nature. Please inform me in advance about any physical ailments or handicaps which I need to take into consideration when planning the Walk.

Lose dangling cameras or other valuables can for example hit against rocks, cause you to get caught or fall down and get broken during a hike. Please ensure in your own interest for any equipment to be stored in a protective case or suitable carrier bag.

Photo: Tina Bauer