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Kayaking Under Mt. Kirkjufell in Snaefellsnes

2 Hours Kayaking at Kirkjufell Mountain

Kayak under the majestic peak of Mt. Kirkjufell, the most photogenic mountain in Iceland.


This incredible kayaking tour will take you to Grundarfjordur, a charming town perched on the edge of Iceland’s famous Snaefellsnes Peninsula. 

Cast off into glacial waters rimmed by green slopes and mighty mountains, the most famous of which is the iconic Kirkjufell Mountain. Mt. Kirkjufell rises like a snow-capped pyramid out of the surrounding area. No wonder it’s the most photographed mountain in Iceland, if not the whole world. 

This sight, coupled with plenty of majestic Icelandic wildlife and the serene fjord, makes this day tour an unforgettable experience that everyone is sure to enjoy. 

  • Availability

    May. - Sept.

  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    12 years

  • Ratio


  • Departs from


  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    9.900 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Sea Kayaking
Mount Kirkjufell
Experienced tour guide
All necessary equipment and gear
A full safety demonstration
Warm refreshments at the end of your tour!

The day begins when we meet at the picturesque town of Grundarfjörður, on the tip of Iceland’s famous Snæfellsnes Peninsula. There you will meet your friendly guide, who will provide you with all the equipment and safety tips you need. All kayaks are sit on top kayaks from the quality brand ISLANDER. Once you’re ready, you’ll paddle out onto the stunning fjord for a relaxing, 2-hour kayaking adventure.

The day’s highlight is surely the glorious Mount Kirkjufell (Church mountain), a cone-like mountain that coils up into the sky. The way that you experience Kirkjufell depends on the season, as it is only covered in snow in winter. During the summer it is covered in grass, meaning that it rises like an emerald turret above the icy-blue fjord. 

Fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones series will recognize Kirkjufell as a crucial filming location on the show. It appeared as ‘The Arrowhead’ Mountain situated North of the Wall. Nearby, the Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall enhances the scene’s beauty. Discover why Kirkjufell is the most photographed mountain in the whole of Iceland. 

Look for the occasional playful seal and seabirds swooping overhead. The quiet beauty of the fjord makes for a wonderful 2-hour tour that everyone will enjoy. Your friendly kayaking guide will keep you safe and give you fascinating insights into the area. The guide will also help you find the best angle for your photo of Kirkjufell!

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy this fun activity on a short drive from Reykjavik!

Meeting point: Meet your tour guide in Grundarfjordur. The tour departs at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. 

Provided: Kayak, undersuit, life jacket, dry suit, shoes, and gloves.

What to Bring: Warm, thermal layers. We recommend you bring a waterproof camera or phone bag.


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. You should also bring a 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? Can they tip over?

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.

Are cameras and personal belongings permitted on the kayak?

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.




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.

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Price from: 9.900 ISK

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