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About tour

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 landscapes 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!


  • Small Group Experience
  • Kayaking on a Glacier Lagoon
  • Heinabergslón Glacier Lagoon
  • Vatnajökull Glacier


  • Kayak & a Licensed Kayak Guide
  • Drysuit, Safety Vest, Shoes & Gloves
  • Transportation from our Base Camp to Heinabergslón Glacier Lagoon

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.

Tour Snapshot

Availability May - Sept
Duration 4 hours
Departs From Hotel Smyrlabjörg
Level Moderate
Minimum age 14 years
Ratio 1:8
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No



When booking odd numbers; 1,3,5 etc. you will use single kayak rate.

Please consider these criteria carefully before booking the tour:

This tour requires a reasonable level of fitness. For safety reasons, a single-person kayak cannot exceed 120 kg (270 lbs) and a two-person kayak cannot exceed 180 kg (395 lbs) combined weight.


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This tour offers the rare 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 by 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 get 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 its 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.

The base camp is located by Hotel Smyrlabjörg, 46 km West from the town of Höfn and 34 km East from Jökulsárlón. At the meeting point, our guides will outfit all participants with the appropriate kayak equipment and provide additional gear, so please make sure to come to the meeting point 15-20 minutes before departure time.

GPS coordinates: 64.2173538, -15.7195644,17


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.

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