Glacier kayaking is a great way to experience the famous Vatnajökull National Park. This unforgettable tour will give you a panoramic view of the mountains and glaciers surrounding the lagoon.
This kayak trip on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon will take you paddling on the iceberg filled ice lagoon. You will be totally spellbound by the drama and sheer beauty of this ice wonderland as you glide across the surface of the calm waters. Threading your way between unbelievably shaped, and often huge icebergs, you will discover places which cannot be seen any other way. This is a meet on location tour.
May. - Sept.
~ 1.5 hours
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small group experience
- Kayaking on a glacier lagoon
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
- Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier
- Vatnajökull Glacier
- Double Kayak and paddles
- Licensed Kayaking Guide
- All necessary equipment (drysuit, safety vest, shoes and gloves)
This kayaking tour is equally suitable for beginners and experienced paddlers. Very stable SIT-ON-TOP boats are used, these are very suitable for first time kayakers. You qualified kayak guide has first-rate knowledge of this glacial wonderland and will share with you some fascinating facts about its nature, history and wildlife. It does, though, have to be said that the stupendous glacial lagoon vistas will paint a far more mesmeric picture than words ever could!
Imagine paddling across the calm, deep waters of the lagoon, weaving in between the crazily shaped icebergs which fill the lake. Glaciated peaks sit high on the horizon, and the icecap of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe, looms like a giant ice dome above you. Seals are sometimes seen playing between these amazing natural ice sculptures, as seabirds soar overhead. The whiteness of ice dominates the color palette around Jökulsárlón, however, you will see surprisingly bright blue tones too, caused by ice compression. Some icebergs display gray shadows slicing through them, these ash layers are the rather beautiful ‘scars’ left by volcanic eruptions.
Jökulsárlón has been the settling for a few famous Hollywood movies, witnessing the sensational vistas for yourself from the peace of the water, you may feel as though you are within a surreal film set. In a way you will be. Viewing Jökulsárlón from any angle is truly out of this world – seeing it from a kayak on the mirror-like surface of the ice lagoon is incredibly stupendous. No visitor to Iceland should miss out on this unique opportunity – you have to take this tour.
Meet on location: Please meet your licensed kayaking guide at Jökulsárlón car park, just look out for the box van which is clearly marked “IceGuide”. Jökulsárlon is 370 km (230 mi) from Reykjavík, or around 4.75 hours driving time in good conditions.
GPS: 64.048096, – 16.178778.
Young people (14-16 years old) must share a double kayak with an adult.
Adults may upgrade to a single kayak if they wish. The upgrade fee is 5,000 ISK.
It is very unlikely but possible that your clothes may get wet, so a change of clothes is good to have.
Meet on location means travelling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.
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 Elding 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 summertime).
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.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
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’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.
The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.
Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.
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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