Your tour will start from Reykjavik, from which you’ll travel to Hvammsvík Bay, situated in Hvalfjörður. Please note that there’s a possibility to join the tour straight from Hvammsvík Bay.
Once you’re in the location, you’ll be given kayaking gear and prepared for the swim by receiving safety and paddling instructions. When everyone’s ready, you’ll bring your kayaks to the beach and start paddling along the shore of Hvammsvík.
Hvalfjordur is known for its beautiful landscapes that can be admired by following a few hiking trails and spending some time on the appointed viewpoints. This place is not only praised for its beauty but also for its fascinating history. Back in the day, the fjord held an important role, being the heart of commerce. It also became significant during World War II when the British set up several military bases in Iceland. This was when the naval base was established in Hvammsvík to protect the west side of Iceland and shipping lanes to North America. As a base for anti-submarine patrols, Hvammsvík also protected convoys going from and to Iceland.
During the war, the British opened a few facilities in the area, including a hospital, radio station, fuel depot, and barracks. Even though there’s not much left of these buildings today that would serve as proof of Hvammsvík’s importance in defense of Iceland, the history is still alive in the minds of locals.
What hides behind the name of Hvalfjörður is “Whale Fjord,” however, the chances of seeing one are pretty slim, but you’ll get to see some other wildlife such as seals, Arctic terns, guillemots, or eider ducks.
After spending approximately 1.5 hours kayaking, you’ll reach the shore and be taken to Hvammsvík Hot Springs. The area consists of eight hot pools ranging from 37°C to 40°C. Since the hot springs are located in the Atlantic Ocean, their levels and temperature depend on the tides. The place also has a sauna, a bar, and a restaurant. You have 1.5 hours to relax and chill at the hot springs before heading back to Reykjavik.