Westfjords Kayaking

Starting from: Ísafjörður
Duration: 3-6 days
Season: 6th Jun-26th Aug
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The Westfjords with their jagged & secluded fjord systems are Iceland's top kayaking region. There is no better way to experience the stunning beauty and rich wildlife of Iceland's seaside than to paddle in the barely touched bays of Jokulfirdir and Isafjardardjup bay.

2016 dates & prices - e-mail us for booking enquiries

Coastal Kayaking Adventure - 97000 ISK per person, min 3/max 8 pax
15th-17th June, 29th June-1st July, 13th-15th July, 27th-29th July, 10th-12th August, 24th-26th August

Glacier Fjords Kayaking - 128900 ISK per person, min 3/max 8 pax
12th-15th June, 26th-29th June, 10th-13th July, 24th-27th July, 7th-10th August

Hot Pools Kayaking - 219000 ISK per person, min 3/max 8 pax
6th-10th June, 20th-24th June, 4th-8th July, 18th-22nd July, 1st-5th August, 15th-19th August

Paddle In The Wild - 249900 ISK per person, min 3/max 8 pax
12th-17th June, 26th June-1st July, 10th-15th July, 24th-29th July, 7th-12th August

In 2016 we offer the following selection of Westfjords multi-day kayaking tours:

Coastal Kayaking Adventure (3 days/2 nights) - Price: 97000 ISK per person, min 3 pax
This tour is perfect for a shorter exploration of both Jokulfirdir & Isafjardardjup. We camp overnight in some beautiful natural seaside spots. This is the second part of "Paddle In The Wild".
Day 1 - Morning boat departure. Enter the Hornstrandir nature reserve at Kviar from where we start our paddling. We cross the small Jokulfirdir "glacier fjords" bay over to Leirufjordur fjord and along the southern coast to Grunnavik creek. Overnight on the beach in Grunnavik.
Day 2 - We turn the corner into the larger Isafjardardjup bay and paddle along the Snaefjallastrond "snowy mountains" coast where the snow flecks in the mountainside rarely ever melt by the end of the summer. Overnight either in Ytraskard cove or by Mongufoss waterfall.
Day 3 - Today we cross the big Isafjardardjup bay, via the two bird paradise islands of Aedey and Vigur. We're likely to see puffins & eider ducks and surely many other sea birds. From the western side of the bay we're picked up by car and driven back to Isafjordur at the end of the day.

Glacier Fjords Kayaking (4 days/3 nights) - Price: 128900 ISK per person, min 3 pax
This tour is perfect for exploring the best of Jokulfirdir. The nights are spent in comfortably restored abandoned houses in the Hornstrandir nature reserve, so there is no need for camping. This is the first part of "Paddle In The Wild".
Day 1 - Late afternoon boat departure from Isafjordur. We take land in the picturesque abandoned village of Hesteyri and spend the early evening with a short exploratory paddle into the picturesque fjord. Overnight in the "Doctor's House" in Hesteyri.
Day 2
- We paddle along the northern shores of Jokulfirdir, crossing the picturesque fjords of Hesteyrarfjordur and Veidileysufjordur, with good chances of catching glimpses of whales & eagles. Stay two nights in the secluded & abandoned farmhouse at Kviar.
Day 3
- From Kviar we take a daytrip into the loneliest fjord of Jokulfirdir: Lonafjordur, where there is a large seal colony and we'll find unmatched serenity with no signs of human presence in the fjord.
Day 4 - Early morning boat departure from Kviar back to Isafjordur.

Hot Pools Kayaking (5 days/4 nights) - Price: 219000 ISK per person, min 3 pax
This tour takes us to the beautiful islands & shorelines of Isafjardardjup bay, with options for dipping in warm geothermal hot pools at the end of the day. We camp overnight in some beautiful natural seaside spots.
Day 1 - Afternoon departure from Isafjordur by car to the small Seydisfjordur fjord, from where we paddle to the isolated Folafotur peninsula. Overnight at Folafotur.
Day 2 - We start our further paddle into Isafjardardjup bay via the two bird paradise islands of Vigur and Aedey. We're likely to see puffins & eider ducks and surely many other sea birds. Overnight on Aedey island.
Day 3 - We cross over to the eastern shore of Isafjardardjup to the Kaldalon glacial creek, where the ice cold meltwater from Drangajokull glacier forms a natural pearl of extreme calm and serenity. We paddle a bit further into the bay and stay overnight, with the option of a short side trip by car to a warm natural geothermal pool.
Day 4 - Today we paddle over the bay via the puffin island of Borgarey, before entering Reykjanes where geothermal heat greets us as well as a large seal colony. We relax in the large hot pool at Reykjanes and stay overnight in a nearby cove.
Day 5 - We start paddling back out of the bay, with the conditions and determination of the group deciding how far we'll go before getting picked up by the car for transfer back to Isafjordur.

Paddle In The Wild (6 days/5 nights) - Price: 249900 ISK per person, min 3 pax
This grand tour covers the best of both the Jokulfirdir & Isafjardardjup bays. During the first three nights we stay in comfortably restored abandoned houses in the Hornstrandir nature reserve. During the last two nights we camp in some beautiful natural seaside spots.
Day 1 - Late afternoon boat departure from Isafjordur. We take land in the picturesque abandoned village of Hesteyri and spend the early evening with a short exploratory paddle into the picturesque fjord. Overnight in the "Doctor's House" in Hesteyri.
Day 2
- We paddle along the northern shores of Jokulfirdir, crossing the picturesque fjords of Hesteyrarfjordur and Veidileysufjordur, with good chances of catching glimpses of whales & eagles. Stay two nights in the secluded & abandoned farmhouse at Kviar.
Day 3
- From Kviar we take a daytrip into the loneliest fjord of Jokulfirdir: Lonafjordur, where there is a large seal colony and we'll find unmatched serenity with no signs of human presence in the fjord.
Day 4
 - We cross the small Jokulfirdir "glacier fjords" bay from Kviar over to Leirufjordur fjord and along the southern coast to Grunnavik creek. Overnight on the beach in Grunnavik.
Day 5 - We turn the corner into the larger Isafjardardjup bay and paddle along the Snaefjallastrond "snowy mountains" coast where the snow flecks in the mountainside rarely ever melt by the end of the summer. Overnight either in Ytraskard cove or by Mongufoss waterfall.
Day 6 - Today we cross the big Isafjardardjup bay, via the two bird paradise islands of Aedey and Vigur. We're likely to see puffins & eider ducks and surely many other sea birds. From the western side of the bay we're picked up by car and driven back to Isafjordur at the end of the day.

Included:

Coastal Kayaking Adventure:

- All food
- Tents, cooking gear
- Transfer to and from airport (for groups over 4 people)
- Boat and car transfer on first and last day of the trip
- Kayaking gear (boat, paddle, dry-suit top and bottoms, life jacket and dry bags)

Glacier Fjords Kayaking:

- Boat ride into the Nature Reserve and back
- All meals except breakfast on day 1
- Three nights accommodation in houses
- Professional guide
- Transport to and from Ísfjörður airport (for groups over 4 people)
- All activities described in the itinerary

Hot Pools Kayaking:

- All food
- Tents, cooking gear
- Transport to and from Ísfjörður airport (for groups over 4 people)
- Boat or car transfer on first and last day of the trip
- Kayaking gear (boat, paddle, dry-suit top and bottoms, life jacket and dry bags)

Paddle In The Wild:

- All food
- Three nights in huts
- Tents, cooking gear for two nights
- Transport to and from Ísfjörður airport (for groups over 4 people)
- Boat and car transfer on first and last day of the trip
- Kayaking gear (boat, paddle, dry-suit top and bottoms, life jacket and dry bags)

To bring:

- Thermal underwear, at least two sets of tops.
- Wool or fleece thermal mid layer.
- Hiking pants. We recommend no cottons as they take long to dry if wet.
- Waterproof and breathable pants and jacket for hiking onshore. The lighter - the better.
- Wool/fleece hat.
- One pair of gloves.
- 2 to 3 pairs thick wool/synthetic socks.
- Light shoes for strolls in and around camp.
- Sleeping bag. Summer rated to at least 0°C. Down is best since it packs better than synthetic.
- At least two dry bags for your personal gear. One needs to be able to “swallow” your sleeping bag. We have some selection of drybags but it's best you bring at least one or two of your own.
- Sleeping mattress. Thin inflatable one is the best as it fits easily inside the boat.
- Paddling gloves or mittens. It can be cold on the water and warm fingers are a must!
- Kayak shoes/sandals or boots. There is a great selection out there and people´s preferences are very different. Thin neoprene socks and sandals/Crocks, neoprene paddling shoes or paddling boots will all work fine.
- Dark sun glasses.
- Sunscreen / after sun cream.
- Swim suit and towel for the sauna in Kvíar.
- Binoculars are nice to have for watching wildlife.
- Personal medical kit to include personal medication and i.e. band aids, throat lozenges, lip salves, sea-sickness tablets etc. Don't forget regular medication you may need (e.g. Asthma, bring your inhaler, even if you do not always need it).
- Small thermos. Preferably 0.5 liters. Optional.
- 1 litre water bottle.
- Don't forget your camera!

Remember that the less you bring, the easier it gets. There is plenty of space in the kayaks if you pack wisely.

We supply all paddling gear and clothing. Feel free to bring your own if you have it available. With your personal gear, you're guaranteed that it fits perfectly and is comfortable. We recommend good dry pants with ankle rubber cuffs or 3mm neoprene bibs. Top, preferable with hood and arm rubber cuffs. Full dry suit is for sure best but can be pretty warm and cumbersome on sunny days but great to have if things get rough. Footwear should preferably be neoprene shoes high up on the ankle with thick soles, or neoprene boots. Neoprene gloves, mittens or poagies to keep the hands warm.