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Kayaking on Solheimajokull Glacier Lagoon

Kayak between the Icebergs of the Glacier Lagoon

This incredible tour will take you kayaking on a glacier lagoon, nestled beneath the ever-evolving Sólheimajökull Glacier.

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Nestled beneath the ever-evolving Sólheimajökull Glacier, you will be able to glide across the icy waters, weave in and out of the icebergs and enjoy stunning views of the majestic glacier outlet. It is a serene and profoundly beautiful place, which will give you a new perspective on the magical scenery that surrounds Iceland’s icy natural wonders. The tour itself takes place in small groups and is considered to be easy, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the beauty of Icelandic nature in all of its regal glory.

  • Availability

    Jun. - Sept.

  • Duration

    2.5 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    No

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    12

  • Departs from

    Solheimajokull parking area

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    12.900 ISK

Tour highlights
Solheimajokull Glacier
South Iceland
Glacier Lagoon Kayaking
Amazing Views of the Glacier
Kayak with Floating Icebergs
Suitable for Beginners
Included
Kayak and paddle
Drysuit
All technical equipment needed for the kayaking
Expert Guide

The tour begins when we gather together in the Sólheimajökull parking lot to meet your guide for the day and make the short walk to the lagoon. Once we arrive you will immediately be struck by the peacefulness of the place and the towering majesty of the glacier itself. Our friendly guide will then gear you up with all the kayaking equipment that you need, including a drysuit, along with a quick safety briefing and exposition on the best paddling techniques. We will then cast off and embark on our kayaking adventure.

The lagoon is a truly remarkable place, with smaller icebergs breaking away from the main body of the glacier and floating across the clear glacial waters. We will meander our way between these glistening hunks of ice, offering spectacular views of the towering Sólheimajökull Glacier, whose reflection dances off the ancient glacial meltwater. It is an awe-inspiring sight that it is virtually impossible not to be moved by. We strongly recommend that you bring your camera because the chance to immortalize this vast body of ice should not be missed.

This tour is suitable for everyone because the lagoon’s waters are calm and the majority of the people who go on it are first-timers. The tour is conducted by a professional guide, who will ensure that you are safe and make the absolute most of your time on the lagoon. The beauty of the area, the stunning surroundings and the fun of the kayaking itself make for a truly memorable experience that everyone is bound to enjoy.

Please note

Meeting point: Solheimajokull parking lot, located by Solheimajokull Glacier. Take road #221 from road #1, turn left if you are traveling from the West (e.g. Reykjavik) and turn right if you are traveling from the East (e.g. Vík). See the map with directions below.

What to bring: Warm clothing (e.g. thermal underwear/long johns), Extra pair of socks

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick-up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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 Special Tours, has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). 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 (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). 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.

Do I need an insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures trip?

We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

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.

How do I get to Reykjavik from Keflavík International Airport?

The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.

These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:

Airport Shuttle

The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.

Book your airport transfer in Iceland.

Taxi

The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is tho always more expensive than the airport shuttle.  


For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.

If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection from the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.

How is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles have free Wi-Fi.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

Should I bring mosquito repellent when traveling to Iceland?

Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant.

What should I wear on the kayaking tours in Iceland?

We recommend that participants wear warm outdoor clothing, for example a fleece or wool sweater and pants, change of clothing and swimwear.

How experienced do you have to be to do the kayaking tours?

No prior kayaking experience is required for the tours as our professional guides will teach the technique on location.

How fit do you have to be to do the kayaking tours?

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.

Is there a guide with you on all of the Arctic Adventures kayaking tours?

All our kayaking tours are operated by experienced and certified professional 4 star BCU sea kayak guides.

What kind of kayaks do you use for the tours?

We use top of the line plastic sea kayaks.

Are the kayaks stable?

Our kayaks are very stable and easy to use.

Can the kayaks tip over?

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.

Can we take our belongings along on the kayaks for example a camera, are they permitted?

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).

I can’t swim, is that a problem when doing the kayaking tours?

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.

Disclaimer
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.

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