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Glacier Fjords Kayaking

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This multi-day kayaking and overnight tour is for those who want a little more luxury than a camping trip! Get ready to explore the waters of the Westfjords by kayak before spending the night in traditional farmhouses. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife including seabirds, arctic foxes, and whales!

What to expect?


We meet at 5 pm on the evening before departure at our base in Mávagarður C (grey building) for a briefing where we meet each other, answer any questions and make final preparations. This shouldn’t take longer than an hour. If you’re unable to be here the day before departure, then just let us know via email and we’ll make sure that you have all the information you’ll need.

Day 1

We meet again at our base in Mávagarður C at 8 am for last minute checks before departing from the harbor in Ísafjörður on our passenger ferry Bjarnarnes at 9 am. Our destination is Hesteyri, which was the biggest settlement in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. We drop off our gear at the old doctor’s house before getting straight to the paddling. We paddle out of the fjord along the coast to the lighthouse at Slétta. This is a short paddle aimed at getting to know your kayak and blow away any paddling cobwebs you may have before the longer days to come! We enjoy a nice dinner at the old doctor’s house before getting some good sleep ready for the day ahead.

Distance: 14 km

Day 2

After a hearty breakfast, we pack our kayaks and start the voyage over to Kvíar farmhouse in Kvíadalur valley. The route will take us along the spectacular coastline and across the fjords of Hesteyrarfjörður and Veiðileysufjörður. There is a good chance to see both whales and white-tailed eagles along the coast. We land on the beach beneath the farmhouse in Kvíar and make ourselves at home. The farmhouse is the only house in the valley and was built in 1921 and was occupied by the same family until they moved away in 1948 seeking an easier life in Ísafjörður. We have a nice dinner and head for the warm and cozy sauna that's situated next to the house.

Distance: 15 km

Day 3

We leave most of the gear in the farmhouse and go for a beautiful paddle into Lónafjörður fjord which, according to many, is the most beautiful fjord in Iceland. Totally unspoiled with no sign of human presence. The fjord is a haven for birds and a huge seal colony can be found in the small bay of Sópandi. We'll follow the whole coastline and enjoy a long day of paddling. Back to the farmhouse for the sauna to soothe sore muscles and delicious dinner.

Distance: 20 km

Day 4

Our passenger ferry Bjarnarnes picks us up from Kvíar and we head back to Ísafjörður. Please note that the guide may be staying at Kvíar to continue the kayak journey with other guests on Paddle in the Wild. The crew on the ferry will take good care of you and help carry your gear to our base in Mávagarður C.

This itinerary is a guide only and is subject to change depending on the weather, sea conditions and the ability of the group.

Is this experience for me?

  • Not appropriate for children under 7
  • Wheelchair accessible

What is included?

  • All food
  • Three nights' accommodation in comfortable houses
  • Ferry transfer to Hornstrandir and back
  • Kayaking gear (kayak, paddle, neoprene pants, dry top, spray skirt, life vest, paddling boots, paddling gloves and additional dry bags)
  • Professional guide

What do I need to bring?

  • Thermal base layers, at least two sets of tops.
  • Wool or fleece thermal mid layer
  • Hiking pants
  • Waterproof and breathable pants and jacket for hiking onshore
  • Wool/fleece hat
  • One pair of warm gloves
  • 2 to 3 pairs of thick wool/synthetic socks
  • Swimsuit and towel for the sauna at Kvíar
  • Light hiking shoes for strolls around the houses
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, and after sun cream
  • 1-liter water bottle
  • Personal medical kit
  • 2 x Dry bags
  • Binoculars are nice to have for watching wildlife
  • Camera

Additional information

  • Voucher: You will receive a secure voucher to either print out or present on your mobile phone.
  • Cancellation Policy: For a full refund, please cancel at least 1 week in advance of the start of the experience.
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Meeting point

  • We meet at 5 pm on the evening before departure at our base in Mávagarður C (grey building).

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