Portal to the majesty and mystery of the Arctic north
Your gateway to the northernmost reaches of Iceland’s Westfjörds, Gjögur is part of a wild and demanding territory that only the most adventurous will ever see, but that no one can forget. Located at the edge of the vast Húnaflói bay, Gjögur is one of the purest and primeval destinations in a land famed for its unspoiled beauty. Your visit will unlock the adventure of a lifetime.
Here, you’ll find the grandeur of Iceland’s northern glaciers, final refuge of the last great Ice Age. Wild birds and playful Arctic foxes await you on the trails of Hornstrandir, Iceland's largest nature preserve. In the now-tranquil fishing village of Hólmavík, ancient center of Iceland’s traditions of sorcery and witchcraft, memory and magic combine to weave a supernatural story of life in the medieval ages. Whether you seek history, rare wildlife, or some of the most magnificent landscapes the world has to offer, you’ll be ready to begin your quest the moment you arrive!
From Reykjavík to Gjögur
From Gjögur to Reykjavík
|Online offer||Economy||Standard||Child 2-11||Infant|
|Gjögur||€ 175.45||€ 199.20||€ 229.91||€ 148.21||€ 35.71|
- Online offer € 175.45
- Economy € 199.20
- Standard € 229.91
- Child 2-11 € 148.21
- Infant € 35.71
The Hornstrandir Nature Reserve: life in a land gone wild
More than sixty years ago, the last Icelanders living here said goodbye to their homes and returned the land to nature, creating the vast Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Sometimes called Europe’s last true wilderness, this natural wonder features some of the most breathtaking terrain imaginable. Jagged mountains, vertical cliffs, massive glaciers, and crystal clear rivers all await you, ready to please your taste for adventure. Though no humans live here, the landscape is far from empty: millions of rare and exotic seabirds make this their home, and seals and families of whales play, feed, and raise their young in the ocean waters nearby.
The Arctic Fox
Arctic foxes are a particular treat for visitors. The size of small dogs, these rare foxes are among Iceland’s most beautiful animals: their lush seasonal fur coats, white in winter and bluish-grey in summer, are a natural camouflage that make them efficient bird-hunters. The years of isolation have left them with no fear of humans, but they remain fascinated and inquisitive when visitors come to their lands. Don’t be surprised if you find a few visiting to see what you’re up to!
Drangajökull glacier: the crystalline relic of the Ice Ages
Long before the first settlers arrived here, glaciers held Iceland in their cold and bitter grasp. Thick sheets of ice hid the land beneath a shroud of featureless white before finally retreating to the north a mere ten thousand years ago. Today, the 75 square miles (200 square kilometers) of the glacier Drangajökull serve as reminders of that frigid past. The low altitude and gentle slopes of the glacier make it a popular route for hikers in the Hornstrandir area, and your visit will be a chance to experience the world as it was when mountains of ice ruled the land.
Hólmavík: ancient home of medieval magic
With just under four hundred residents, Hólmavík is one of the largest settlements in the region. Its comfortable guesthouses and cozy restaurants make it a natural base for your adventures in the far north, and its history makes it one of the most interesting places in a fascinating land. During the medieval era, legends of sorcery and witchcraft were a key part of northern European culture, and magic has always seemed quite at home in Iceland. 17th Century Icelandic history is full of tales of ghosts, zombies, and eldritch spells and the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft has assembled an amazing array of relics here to commemorate the traditions and superstitions of the past. For the history buff, this is a must-see addition to your itinerary!