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Escape to a wild and beautiful land. Join Runar, an experienced guide, on this 6 day kayaking adventure in the fjords of Iceland.
Over the course of this amazing adventure, you will get to explore many of the country’s most stunning natural locations in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Many of these locations, including the Jokulfiroir glacial fjords and Isafjaroardjup bay, are located in secluded places that can only be accessed by kayak, intensifying the feeling of escape and adventure.
You will go kayaking under massive cliffs and through waves that will try to dissuade you, and also through rocks seemingly positioned to challenge you. Hence, for this trip, you should have substantial kayaking experience. However, we will see to it that you make your way safely.
Also, the accommodation will be an adventure on its own: for three nights you will be staying at comfortable houses and the rest camping on remote beaches. So, the mix between nature and comfort will make it a unique experience.
Adding yet another thrilling aspect to an already spectacular trip, you will also get to see a lot of the area’s wildlife. From sea birds above to arctic foxes on the land beyond, your eyes will have to stay vigilant. If you’re lucky enough, you may even spot a whale, or a dolphin or a group of playful seals!
The fjords of Iceland, along with their coves and inlets await. All you have to do is send us a request. We assure you, we’ll guide and make sure you enjoy magical days in a truly magical place.
Also, if you are looking for a shorter adventure, check out this Glacier fjords 4-day kayaking tour in Iceland too.
Experience everything Iceland has to offer. Stay in comfortable houses and camp by the beach.
Groups for this trip are minumum 4 and maximum 8 people. Remember that the idea is that the less we bring, the easier and smoother the trip will be. Here are some items we recommend you bring: Thermal base layers, at least two sets of tops; wool or fleece thermal mid layer; hiking pants. We don’t recommend cotton as it is cold and takes a long time to dry; waterproof and breathable pants and jacket for hiking onshore. The lighter - the better; wool/fleece hat; one pair of warm gloves; 2 to 3 pairs thick wool/synthetic socks; swim suit and towel for the sauna at Kvíar; light hiking shoes for strolls around the houses; sun glasses; sunscreen and after sun cream; 1 litre water bottle; personal medical kit i.e. band aids, throat lozenges, lip salves, sea-sickness tablets etc. Don't forget your personal medication which you may need (e.g. Asthma inhaler, even if you don’t always need it); 2 x Dry bags (We use dry bags to keep our personal gear dry, especially sleeping bags. We have a small selection of dry bags which you may use but you should bring at least two of your own). We supply all paddling equipment and clothing. However, feel free to bring your own if you have it available.
Borea Adventures office on Aðalstræti 17. https://www.boreaadventures.com/about_borea/location/
We’ll meet at the Borea Adventures office. Then, we’ll have a meet and greet session.
We will meet again at Bræðraborg, and head to the harbour in Ísafjörður. Our means of transportation will be our passenger ferry Bjarnarnes, with Hesteyri as our destination. We’ll go kayaking towards the lighthouse at Slétta, so you get familiar with your kayak. Distance: 14km
This day we will get on route towards Kvíar. We’ll paddle along hypnotizing coastline. You’ll get to see the fjords of Hesteyrarfjörður and Veiðileysufjörður. Also if you are lucky you might spot whales and eagles. That night we will spend at a former farmhouse, where an exquisite dinner and a soothing sauna will be waiting for you. Distance: 15 km.
Today we’ll paddle into Lónafjörður fjord which, where you’ll encounter a huge seal colony in the bay of Sópandi. Distance: 20km.
First, we’ll begin our day paddling across the bay. We’ll head to the South side of the fjord, very close to Höfði. There, you’ll get an incomparable look at Leirufjörður fjord with the mesmerizing Drangajökull glacier ahead. The possibilities of seeing porpoises close to the shore are big, mainly if the ocean is calm. Then, once we arrive at Grunnavík, we can walk around summer houses and a charming little church. This day you’ll have the chance to sleep by the beach where we’ll set our camp. Distance: 20km
You’ll get to see Jökulfirðir glacial fjords and paddle into the impressive bay of Ísafjarðardjúp. You will also see waterfalls that are inaccessible by foot. We’ll set camp in a mesmerizing cove in Ytraskarð (20 km). Another option could be close to Möngufoss, an amazing waterfall (24 km). Distance: 23 km
Finally you’ll spend the day kayaking around the island of Æðey. Inhabited only by 1 family, and only during the summer, this remote island is the perfect spot to relax. The area is covered with puffins and other sea birds. After that we’ll head to the island of Vigur, where you’ll also see many puffins. The lovely houses you’ll see are as beautiful as the surrounding scenery. And at the end of the day we will paddle to the village of Súðavík. Distance: 22km
I hold a degree in geography and started my guiding career as a mountain biking and hiking guide in the summer for different adventure companies in Iceland. I also worked as a tourism consultant for few years but felt it was time to put my skills into practice and put up an adventure operation in cooperation with other good people.
I was a boy scout when I was younger and learned to love the outdoors, especially the mountains. Skiing, ice & rock climbing and kayaking are my favorite sports and a part of his job. I have for years led mountaineering and avalanche SAR courses for the Icelandic Rescue Team Association.
Among other things, I have scaled 6000 m peaks in Peru, done skiing and kayaking expeditions in Greenland, climbed in the Alps few times and done paragliding in the Pyrenees.
I have finished WFR first aid training, hold a BCU 4 star kayaking certificate, have finished my marine CTCW training to be qualified as a professional crew member and Canadian Level I and Level II avalanche training.
My great experience and expertise means that you're in safe hands.
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• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
• Price per person to join a group from 4 to 8 people.
We did not have Runar Karlsson as our guide. Instead we enjoyed the expertise of a young Icelandic woman who also serves as an Olympic Cross-Country coach for Icelandic youth. She guided us along the Hornstrandir coast towards one of the Arctic Fox habitats. Although no foxes were seen we learned much about the area, the fjord and its history. We also enjoyed a walk with her to a lovely waterfall behind the farmhouse.
Runar Karlsson was not our guide. We were surprised to discover, only on the day of our hike upon our arrival to your office, that he wasn’t. A disappointment, after we had received a detailed explanation from Runar describing his skills and CV days before. Perhaps it was a misunderstanding on our part, but we were under the impression we had booked this hike as a private venture for the four of us well in advance, since the date we requested was not part of the dates standardly offered. Therefore we thought we were going to benefit from Runar’s geologic expertise and personal attention during our hike. Instead, again we were surprised to discover another hiker was joining our group to whom our guide directed most of his attention and time. The two of them hiked well ahead of the rest of us for most of the hike. Also, we were offered little unsolicited geologic or local information from our guide, which was an important aspect of this hike and something we were all looking forward to learning. It was an exhilarating hike and the views were spectacular but it was not the experience we were led to believe it would be.
Runar wasn\'t our guide. I already sent a review to Boreas Adventures. We were disappointed with the hike. It was much shorter than we expected and less challenging than we expected. The guide wasn\'t very knowledgeable and we probably could have done the trip without him. The best part of the trip was on the boat when we saw 2 humpback whales.