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.
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.
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.