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Sea Kayaking

Kayaking Tour in the Western Part of Iceland

Sea kayaking tour from Stykkisholmur in Breidafjordur fjord. Enjoy paddling in the magical seascape filled with wildlife!

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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.

  • Availability

    Jun. - Aug.

  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    No

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    14 years

  • Ratio

    1:6

  • Departs from

    Stykkishólmur

  • Price from

    9.900 ISK

Tour highlights
Breidafjordur Fjord
An Old Historic Shipreck
Puffins and Other Wildlife
Suandisey Island
Sea Kayaking
Breiðafjörður Bay
Included
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!

Meet on location: Austurgata 2 – Stykkishólmur Harbour
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.

Please note

This tour is suitable for beginners.

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?

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.

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.

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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