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6 day kayaking tour in the fjords of Iceland

Escape to a wild and beautiful land. Join Runar, an experienced guide, on this 6 day kayaking adventure in the fjords of Iceland.

Duration6 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

Description

There aren’t many places left in the world where you can truly escape. However, on this 6-day kayaking adventure in the fjords of Iceland, that is exactly what you will be able to do.

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.

Accommodation

Experience everything Iceland has to offer. Stay in comfortable houses and camp by the beach.

More info

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.

Meeting point

Borea Adventures office on Aðalstræti 17. https://www.boreaadventures.com/about_borea/location/

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Itinerary

Day 0: Pre-Departure

We’ll meet at the Borea Adventures office. Then, we’ll have a meet and greet session.

Day 1: Hesteyri

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

Day 2: Whales and eagles

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.

Day 3: Lónafjörður fjord

Today we’ll paddle into Lónafjörður fjord which, where you’ll encounter a huge seal colony in the bay of Sópandi. Distance: 20km.

Day 4: Grunnavík bay

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

Day 5: Waterfalls and glaciers

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

Day 6: Last day

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


About the guide

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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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Prices per person

Group of 1

ISK 257629 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Price per person to join a group from 4 to 8 people.


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