In the late 1940’s, the inhabitants of the tiny village of Hesteyri in Hornstrandir (who were 80 at the peak, without electricity or roads) made the decision to move away. As a result the village has stood deserted since 1952, and is only inhabited during the summer months by the local owners and their families. Since the village was protected in 1975, the native flora, fauna and wildlife have positively flourished. The wildlife most consists of the Arctic Foxes, numerous nesting birds and seals.
Hesteyri is a paradise for hikers and a popular base for longer tours, especially for those that long for untouched nature, an area with no roads nor vehicles of any kind. On your way you´ll get an insight of the history, how it was to live almost on the edge of the earth, and enjoy the pure, colourful nature.
Traditional Icelandic refreshments are served at the old Doctor's house, which also serves as a primitive guesthouse, where time has pretty much stood still since the abandonment.
You can only visit the abandoned village of Hesteyri by boat and during summer there is a daily boat schedule from Isafjordur.