Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
The Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, established in 1975, lies at the northern tip of the Westfjords region of Iceland
. It was peppered with working farms and a tight-knit community up until the postwar era, but the area today hosts just a few summer cottages and renovated farmhouses, and it's visited mainly for its isolated wilderness. Of particular interest are its abundant plants and ferns, around 260 species in total, as well as wildlife such as foxes, seals, and approximately 30 species of birds. Most tourists visit via organized ferry and hiking tours from the Westfjords capital of Ísafjörður, but it’s possible to travel and explore independently and even stay if you bring a tent.