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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

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    No

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    14 years

  • Ratio

    1:6

  • Departs from

    Stykkishólmur

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • 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 ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

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 favourite 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. 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.

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.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

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.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

 

How does carbon offsetting work?

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at time of booking. The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us. Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

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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