Food for 8 days in Iceland Hornstrandir

Food, the thing that keeps you going on the trail.

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For the past couple of years I’ve been opting for freeze bag cooking. I think it’s really neat, packs small, no dishes to do and you got mini-trash-containers for each meal. Is it always the most fun things to eat? No. But for me personally, the food I bring on a trip I see more as fuel rather than a dinner at a fancy restaurant.

For this 8 day trip I’m bringing 7 breakfast soups, 16 bags of noodles, 18 powerbars and 4 bags of nuts and candy for that extra punch. Total weight is 3900g so roughly 490g per day. Between 400-500g per day is good enough for me with the things I’ve chosen.

8 days worth of supplies is quite a lot for my Zpacks Arc Blast backpack, almost bursting at that point, but it’s doable. Best thing with food is that you consume it and after even two days it’s way easier to close the bag.

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Before I leave my tent in the morning I always bump the meals that I’m gonna be using through out the day. Putting Noodles in the back mesh pocket and snacks goes in the side pockets for easy access while walking. If it’s a really small meal I can even put it inside my cooking kit that I have right now. All of the above will save you time and not having to dig through your food bag inside your backpack. If possible I try to have everything I need during the day in the mesh pocket so I don’t have to open the main compartment of the backpack.

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Before going to Vålådalen, Sweden, 2016. 7.5 days worth of supplies.

Westfjords map and route

Plane to Iceland, booked. Accommodation in Reykjavik for one night, booked. Plane from Reykjavik to Ísafjörður, booked. Accommodation on site, booked. Boat to Aðalvík and from Veiðileysufjörður, booked. And of course the plane back to Reykjavik, hotel there and plane back home is also booked. A lot of stuff to cover and the price tag was a little hefty.

The Route – Hornstrandir
I currently have two routes planned but I can’t confirm the longer route until in a few weeks due to the snow coverage in the area is still quite thick and currently melting, creating dangerous situations with rivers under the snow (Ref. Safetravel.is).

Safetravel.is told me that I should contact them closer to my departure to confirm if they found it to be ok to use that route. So below we have Plan #1.

I have a few alternative routes but I think I’ll be going with the ones marked xx.1 due to the fact that the current “problems” are east of Hornvík/Veiðileysufjörður. Basically I’ll be using the red marked routes and be going off the track a few times to look at things. I’ll also be back-tracking and getting a good view on Hornbjarg again. Fits in well if there’s a lot of fog coming in from N/NW which is quite common.

At the last point, 16, I’ll be checking that area out while waiting for the boat to arrive. It’s almost like an extra day if the weather is foul or if I need more time to get there earlier in the trip. Don’t wanna miss that boat back…

All in all 8 days in the wild – probably seeing a lot of animals (no polar bears hopefully) like the arctic fox.

 

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