A once in a lifetime adventure, two days of sea kayaking in the Breiðafjörður fjord, camping on a remote island and cooking dinner at the beach. Experience the wildlife and explore the Snæfellsnes peninsula.
This sea kayaking tour from Reykjavík will give you a once in a lifetime experience out in wild nature. Spend two days sea kayaking on the Breiðafjörður Fjord, cook dinner at an isolated beach and camp on a remote island – you will be surrounded by unforgettable scenery all the way. See the wildlife and spectacular Snæfellsnes.
June 1st - August 31st
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Camping on deserted island
- Black Church Budir
- Pick up from Reykjavík accomodation
- Guided Kayaking tour
- 4-star BCU certified kayaking guide
- Specialized sea kayaking gear
- Camping gear (Tents, mattresses, sleeping bag)
- All meals included
From Reykjavík we head onto the picturesque Snæfellsness peninsula, our destination is the lovely little town of Stykkishólmur where our kayaks will be waiting for us at the beach. Breiðafjörður Fjord is surrounded by dramatic high mountains. The name means wide fjord and this fjord, which separates the West Fjords from the rest of Iceland, most certainly is wide. When local people talk about Breiðafjörður they say it is a fjord of a thousand islands, seals can often be seen around these islands and skerries. Other wildlife is plentiful including eider ducks, dolphins, puffins, white-tailed eagles and various seabirds.
At the beach your adventure will really begin, your experienced kayaking guide will introduce you to the equipment and you will be on your way, paddling between the islands for about 6 km! We will be heading for a remote island where we will set up camp for the night. You will have time to relax and enjoy the wild unspoiled nature all around you, to breath sea air like no other. We will grill supper on the beach, nothing tastes better than food cooked and eaten out in nature.
Ready for another day, we will awaken to the sounds of nature, eat breakfast, break camp and load everything into the kayaks. Today we will paddle around 7 km which will bring us back to Stykkishólmur in the afternoon – there is plenty for us to explore back on dry land.
The scenery and geological features around Snæfellsnes are extremely diverse, leading to many people saying that Snæfellsness is Iceland in a nutshell. On this tour, you will get a good look around! We shall go over the Snæfellsness mountain range, on a clear day the view of the iconic glacier, Snæfellsjökull, will be wonderful. Other destinations include Mount Kirkjufell, probably the most photographed mountain in Iceland, and Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall. Before we return to Reykjavík we will travel over the Búðarhraun lava field to see the picturesque hamlet of Búðar with its traditional church, which is set within one of the most extraordinary landscapes in Iceland.
This tour will give you the most amazing kayaking experience in wild nature, camping on a remote island, supper out in nature and a tour of Snæfellsnes. You will take away memories and photos to treasure forever.
Reykjavík pick up starts at 8am. Please be ready at your pick up location and be aware that the pick up process can take up to 30 min.
Remember to bring: Warm undergarments (fleece/wool sweater, no cotton) and a change of clothing.
After we have picked you up from your accommodation in Reykjavík, we’ll drive to the beautiful town of Stykkishólmur on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, located about 2 hours from Reykjavík. Once we get to the beach, the guide will introduce you to your kayak and the equipment that you’ll be using, how to paddle and safety rules. Around noon we depart from the beach at Stykkishólmur into the fjord of thousand islands, Breiðafjörður fjord. This is when the adventure truly begins.
Once we are at the open sea, you can expect to see much wildlife, seabirds – including puffins, eider ducks and white-tailed eagle. While paddling you might be accompanied by curious seals and the occasional whale might come to surface around us. We will also see dozens of islands all around us, but Breiðafjörður is known to have over thousand islands. After about 6 km of paddling, we arrive at a remote island in the fjord, where we’ll set up camp and sleep for the night. In the evening we’ll cook dinner on a tripod grill on the beach.
- Town of Stykkishólmur
- Breiðafjördur fjord
- 6 km of sea kayaking
- Wildlife spotting
- Certified Kayaking guide
- All necessary sea kayaking gear
- Dinner grilled on beach
- Camp on remote island
In the morning we’ll have breakfast before we pack everything into the kayaks. We set out on the sea again and continue our adventure, this time, we’ll follow the coastline back to Stykkishólmur. The kayaking distance for this day is approx 7 km. We should be back to shore at Stykkishólmur in the early afternoon. Once we have packed our vehicle, we’ll take a sightseeing tour around Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Our first stop is the famous Mt. Kirkjufell, which is one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland, and Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall. Next, we’ll drive over the Snæfellsnes mountain range, which should give us a good view of Snæfellsjökull glacier, if we have clear skies. Next, we’ll stop at Búðir, a small hamlet surrounded by Búðarhraun lava field, there we can also see an old traditional church. After our sightseeing circle around the peninsula, we’ll drive back to Reykjavík and we should be back in the early evening.
Note that sea kayaking can be weather dependent, therefore Arctic Adventures reserves the right to change the itinerary if the condition changes.
- 7 km of Sea Kayaking
- Wildlife spotting
- Snæfellsnes Peninsula
- Breakfast in camp
- All necessary sea kayaking gear
- Certified Kayaking guide
- Drop off in Reykjavík
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 69.990 ISK per person.
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"2 days sea kayaking tour - great experience"
The sea kayaking tour was great. Guides did excellent job helping us to navigate the fjord and to avoid strong currents. And we were lucky with the weather most of the time. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who likes kayaking. Bear in mind that you need to dress accordingly as it can get windy, especially on the open water. And I do encourage you to listen to guides’ advice how to behave in sea kayak in order not to flip over. To sum up, the tour was great and I will definetly do it again.