Kayaking in Iceland

Date 07 April 2020

Kayaking in Iceland

Kayaking in Iceland

Iceland is all about the fjords and coastal landscapes, each site more magnificent than the last, and this applies to the whole coastline.

In the popular fjords or glacier sites, you will often find kayaking excursions available. From Jökulsárlón to Isafjordur via the mythical Mount Kirkjufell, here are some great options for kayaking in Iceland.

Kayaking at the foot of Mount Kirkjufell


Mount Kirkjufell: knlml @fotolia

The famous Mount Kirkjufell on the Snaefellsnes peninsula in western Iceland is known to be the most photographed mountain in the country.

Additional information about the Snaefellsnes Region

The kayaking tour departs from the port of Grundarfjördur. A guide will welcome you to explain the basics of the sport, some safety tips, and provide all necessary equipment for the outing: dry suit, life jacket, shoes, and thermal underwear.

The outing lasts 2 hours and is divided into 2 parts, the first near “Seal Skerry” where a seal colony as well as numerous species of birds are known to reside, then the second stage of the tour takes you right up to the foot of Mount Kirkjufell for some unforgettable shots.

The company offers 3 outings per day, and the offer extends from April to December.

Check out the following link for details: Kayak excursion at the foot of Mount Kirkjufell

Northwest Fjords Kayak Tour

Although remote and less popular with the tourist crowd, he northwestern fjords remain one of the most interesting regions in Iceland. The most famous of all fjords, Isafjorður, also offers numerous hiking trails.

The starting point of the kayaking tour is in the port of Isafjordur. As with the Kirkjufell tour, once the guide has explained the basics and provided all the equipment, the 2-hour excursion can begin.

The fjord is simply magnificent, a little paradise surrounded by mountains and waterfalls. The region is particularly rich in bird life, and you can spot a wide range of bird species. With a little luck you may even encounter a few seals or even whales in the fjord since about twenty species regularly frequent the area.

This tour is offered from May to September.

The excursion in detail: Kayak tour of the Northwest Fjords

Kayak Tour of Jokulsarlon Lagoon

Kayak Jokusarlon

Jökulsárlón is probably one of the most magical places in the country and a must-see destination for tourists. Additional information about Jokularlson

The kayak tour is a great way to explore, weaving between the striking blue icebergs. Terns will crowd the skies above you, and it's very common to see seals basking on the ice. A guide will take you on a 1.5-hours tour, and there are 6 group outings per day offered from May to September.

The excursion in detail: Kayak tour of Jökulsárlón Lagoon

Kayaking Tour of the Solheimajokull Glacier Lagoon

Kayak glacier

Kayaking at the foot of the majestic Sólheimajökull: Marcin Krzyzak @fotolia

Also in the south of Iceland, the Solheimajokull glacial lagoon is a breathtaking place to visit.

The 2.5-hour kayak tour starts from the Solheimajokull car park. Once the guide has equipped the visitor, you can enjoy a spectacular show as you navigate between huge blocks of ice with the majestic landscape of Solheimajokull around you.

The excursion in detail: Kayak tour of Sólheimajökull Lagoon