Beautiful mountainous landscape and crystal-clear fjords. An Introduction to Sea kayaking
This peaceful kayaking tour will take you to the gorgeous area surrounding Isafjordur, famous for its beautiful mountainous landscape and the crystal-clear fjords that they tower over. It is considered to be easy, meaning that it is available to everyone and is one of the finest ways to explore an area of Iceland that is virtually untouched by humans. It is especially popular with families because the calm waters are a great way for children over the age of twelve to try sea kayaking for the first time.
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Sea kayaking
- Icelandic Fjord
The tour begins when we meet at the charming town of Isafjordur, whose remoteness and stunning natural scenery has made it the sea kayaking center of Iceland. There you will meet your friendly guide, who will give you all the equipment that you need and give you a brief demonstration of the best paddling techniques. Then once everyone is ready, we will head out onto the crystalline fjord lazily paddling in a large circle around the entire fjord.
There is no better feeling than being out on the water, as we seamlessly glide across the icy waters. The mountains that tower over the fjord reflect off it, making for an incredibly picturesque scene that everyone is bound to appreciate. They are also populated with plenty of marine life and we often see playful seals swimming close to the boats. This makes it perfect for families and those who love to appreciate the beauty of nature.
Isafjordur in the West Fjords
Isafjordur is a picturesque town with a population of around 2600, making it the largest in the Westfjords area. Its main industry is fishing, and it hosts one of the largest fisheries in the entire country. This often surprises people, because it has historically been one of the most isolated towns in Iceland, as does the fact that it is relatively urbanized and has plenty of things to do. There is no better place to have your first sea kayaking adventure in the kayaking capital of Iceland.
Please note that the participants of all kayaking trips are responsible for their own safety. The tour provider does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by participants or those that can be traced back to their own actions. The operator requires all participants to sign a waiver stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.
Meeting point: Bræðraborg Cafe at Aðalstræti 22B, Ísafjörður.
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Departures: See booking engine. Please show up at least 30 minutes before departure.
Included: Kayaking gear and guide.
Bring with you: Warm clothes that are ok to get a little wet.
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
Here you should wait for your guide.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time).
Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
We recommend that participants wear warm outdoor clothing, for example, a fleece or wool sweater and pants. You should also bring a change of clothing and swimwear.
No prior kayaking experience is required for the tours as our professional guides will teach the technique on location.
Our kayaking tours are all listed at a level easy or moderate so most people should be able to do the tour. Just keep in mind that the activity is an outdoor nature activity so some physical strength is needed.
All our kayaking tours are operated by experienced and certified professional 4 star BCU sea kayak guides.
We use top of the line plastic sea kayaks.
Our kayaks are very stable and easy to use.
Yes, they can tip over, although they are very stable and it happens rarely. If they tip over the guide has the necessary equipment and ability to quickly tip them over again.
If the kayaks tip over participants don’t have to worry too much, all participants get life jackets and neoprene suits so they will stay warm even if they fall in.
Taking a waterproof camera is a great idea when going on a kayak tour. However, it is not recommended to take too much on this day tour as there is really no need for it.
Although you don’t need to “swim” while sea kayaking, we recommend that you can. People that can’t swim tend to panic when they are in the water. You have to be comfortable with floating in water.
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.
Price from: 11.900 ISK
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