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If you'd like a private guide instead of a group tour, contact the Ísafjörður information center, which keeps a list of licensed guides.

West Tours, Aðalstræti 7, Ísafjörður (tel. 456-5111; www.westtours.is), the most reputable tour operator in the Westfjords, offers scheduled day tours to Hesteyri (9 hr.; 18,900kr) and Hornvík (12 hr.; 32,900kr), guided day hikes from Sæból (in Aðalvík) to Hesteyri (12 hr.; 25,850kr), and spectacular 4-day, 3-night camping expeditions to Hornvík (82,000kr).

Iceland's premier hiking organization, Ferðafélag Íslands, Mörkin 6, Reykjavík (tel. 568-2533; www.fi.is), leads a variety of Hornstrandir trips even into October.

Borea Adventures, Hlíðarvegur 38, Ísafjörður (tel] 899-3817; www.boreaadventures.com), offers marvelous 6-day Hornstrandir trips aboard its 18m (60-ft.) racing yacht. Participants alight from the yacht for kayaking, observing wildlife, or, in winter, backcountry skiing. Prices range from 144,375kr to 157,500kr ($2,310-$2,520/£1,155-£1,260), including food and equipment.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.