Sea kayaking tour from Stykkisholmur in Breidafjordur fjord. Enjoy paddling in the magical seascape filled with wildlife!
On the picturesque Snaefellsnes peninsula, you will find the charming little village of Stykkisholmur. It’s located in Breidafjordur bay which is known for its uncountable islands and colorful wildlife making it the perfect location for sea kayaking. We start our sea kayaking tour from the harbour of Stykkisholmur and make our way along the beautiful coastline which provides you with views of stunning basalt columns cliffs and remote islands. But that’s not all, the views might also include sights of puffins, seals and even occasional whales. This is the perfect way to spend a day in the Western parts of Iceland.
June 1st - September 15th
Approx. 2 hours
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Breidafjordur fjord
- An old historic shipreck
- Puffins and other wildlife
- Suandisey island
- Sea kayaking
- Breiðafjörður bay
- Certified sea kayaking guide
- Specialized sea kayaking equipment
- Splash Jacket
Spend your day as a kayaker paddling the wonderland of Breiðafjöður bay in the West of Iceland. Your guide will start the tour by giving you all necessary gear and by going over all information needed, followed by a safety briefing and the basic technique of sea kayaking. The tour is operated in a small and personal group making it very beginner friendly. Actually, there is no need for prior kayaking experience due to the certified kayak guides’ excellent instructions.
We start off from Stykkishólmur village’s harbor, now famous for being one of the beautiful locations in the Hollywood movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and paddle along the coastline with stunning basalt cliffs on one side and the open sea on the other.
You will be surrounded by unique Icelandic wildlife including seals, puffins and hopefully a friendly whale or two. Your moments at sea by Breiðufjörður bay are sure to be magical as we continue to make our way around remote islands, a charming little lighthouse, and a stunning nature setting.
Sea kayaking is a surprisingly great way to go sightseeing in Iceland, making your view extraordinary and different from the usual route. Although Stykkishólmur is only 111.07 km (69 miles) from Reykjavík it is sure to add a whole different perspective to your Icelandic experience.
Try something different, go sea kayaking in Iceland. Now that’s a story to tell when you return home!
Departures: The tour is operated two times a day and participants need to show up 15 minutes before the tour at the harbour.
Remember to bring: Warm undergarments (fleece/wool sweater), no cotton, and a change of clothing.
This tour is suitable for beginners.
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.
No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons, it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.
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 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 (to be found here) are also suitable for all ages. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
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.
Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.
Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.
Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routesdepending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
We recommend that participants wear warm outdoor clothing, for example a fleece or wool sweater and pants, 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.
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).
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.
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.
Price from 9.900 ISK per person.
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"Sea Kayaking in Stykkisholmur"
Loved it! Great opportunity to see Iceland from a different perspective and learn something about the bird life in the area.