Glacier Kayak Adventure
Kayaking on a glacier lagoon
This is a unique way to explore the wonders of Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest glacier.
Glacier lagoon kayaking is the ultimate way to experience the magnificence of the world famous Vatnajökull National Park. Kayak in a calm ice lagoon surrounded by unforgettable landscape and hike in astounding settings. Through this tour, you get to explore Europe’s largest glacier from all angles. This is the perfect way to tick glacier exploring off your bucket list!
June 1st - September 30th
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Small group experience
- Kayaking on a glacier lagoon
- Heinabergslón glacier lagoon
- Vatnajökull glacier
- Kayak and a licensed kayak guide
- Drysuit, safety vest, shoes and gloves
- Transportation from our base camp to Heinabergslón glacier lagoon
This is your only possibility to go kayaking on a glacier lagoon in Iceland. At the lagoon of Heinabergsjökull, one of Vatnajökull outlet glaciers, you can become part of the environment paddling beneath the glaciated mountains on the calm lagoon and taking in the view of the majestic glaciers and summits of the mighty Vatnajökull.
We leave the crowd behind and explore the nooks and crannies of the glacier lakes as well as getting up close and personal with the icebergs. Heinabergslón is “out of the beaten path”, so there is no other traffic on the water. We will also go for a short walk on the glacier in order to get in all the great views that Heinabergsglacier lagoon and surroundings have to offer.The trip is guided by guides with a vast knowledge of the area, its history, hidden top spots – and of course kayaking. The Glacier Kayak Adventure suits kayakers with no paddling experience to experienced paddlers. Our Kayaks are SIT-ON-TOP boats, very stable and should be suitable for people who are new to kayaking.
What to bring: Good thermal clothing to wear under the dry-suit that we provide. For example fleece jacket, fleece trousers, soft shell or similar hiking trousers and good socks. Bring sunglasses on sunny days. We offer dry cases for your cameras and/or smartphones upon request.
Meeting point: The base camp is located at a place called Flatey, 38 km west of Höfn. At Flatey our guides will outfit all participants with the appropriate kayak equipment and provide additional gear. Flatey is one of Iceland´s largest dairy farm and visitors have the opportunity to take a peek inside the farm. At Flatey we also offer basic refreshments, free Wifi and bathroom facilities. On the second floor in Flatey there is a great viewpoint of the surrounding area.
GPS: 64.259151, -15.587038
We recommend that participants wear warm outdoor clothing, for example a fleece or wool sweater and pants, 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.
You can take things in the kayaks (e.g. waterproof camera would be a good idea). Not recommended to take too much in the day trip (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 15.900 ISK per person.
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“Fantastic kayaking at the Heinabergslón glacier lagoon.”
Did the glacier kayaking, meeting up with the company at Skálafell farm and guesthouse, 40 km west of Höfn in southern Iceland. Spent the whole morning on the glacial lake with our guide Arnold, who was absolutely fantastic. Stopped and got out to walk on one of the grounded bergs and just had a great time. One of the highlights of our week in the country.