Our adventure begins at our base in Mávagarður C (the grey building), where we will meet our expert guide, who will equip us with all the gear that we need for the kayaking portion of the tour. Next, we will walk down to the shore behind the rustic old Neðstikaupstaður houses, for a quick safety briefing and a demonstration of the best paddling techniques.
Once everyone is comfortable we will head out into the fjord itself and glide across the calm blue waters. It is generally a serene and peaceful experience, with native birds swooping overhead, seals popping their heads above the fjord’s clear surface and the snow-capped peaks of the surrounding mountains framing the beautiful scene.
Our expert guide will talk us through everything that we are seeing, as we cut a swathe through the clear blue waves. The entire tour lasts around 2 hours before we head back to our base in Mávagarður C.
We will then stop for a traditional Icelandic lunch in the town and then prepare for the biking portion of the tour. Once everyone is ready we will head up the main street, Aðalstræti, and bike towards the mountains, taking the first slope that leads...)
We will then stop for a traditional Icelandic lunch in the town and then prepare for the biking portion of the tour. Once everyone is ready we will head up the main street, Aðalstræti, and bike towards the mountains, taking the first slope that leads us past the avalanche barrier.
This will take us past the imposing walls and along the backside before we skirt around the base of the mountain and head towards the single-track path that leads towards the Tungudalur forest. There we will find the gorgeous Buna river and waterfall, whose frothy white cascade tumbles over a small cliff into the forest below.
We will pause there for a quick photo and then head back across the valley, making a steep climb to the summit for a spectacular panoramic view over the fjord. From there we will make the easy ride back down to town, after a wonderful day exploring some truly magnificent natural sights.
In Ísafjörður, at the Bræðraborg Café at Aðalstræti 22B in the center of the town.)
In Ísafjörður, at the Bræðraborg Café at Aðalstræti 22B in the center of the town.
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.