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Kayaking in Iceland: The North West Fjords 2020

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6 days
Min Age : 15 years
Max People : 8
Tour Details

Embark on a rare and exclusive adventure with us. We will bring you to one of the wildest region of Iceland, more easily accessible by sea than by the land! There are no paths to get to the North West Fjords, those remote places are only accessible by sea kayaks, following the highest cliffs of North Atlantic…

Many bird species spend the summer here, in the unspoiled and secluded bit of land. In the sea, there is a great chance to spot whales and porpoises. This trip is intended for people with some kayaking experience who are in overall good physical condition to be able to enjoy the trip at the fullest. Nights will be spent in good and comfortable tents.

Enjoy the perfect mix of outdoors activities: land and water, in the scenic fjords of Jökulfirdir in Hornstrandir Nature reserve and Isafjardardjup bay. These locations are well known in the world of kayaking as some of the fines spots in the world. Also, these locations naturally offer numerous bird species and sea creatures such as whales and porpoises. We recommend this kayaking in Iceland tour to people used to practice this sport and enjoying an overall good physical condition. For this kayaking in Iceland tour, 3 nights will be hosted in huts (nature reserve) and 2 nights will be spent camping under a tent.

Highlights of this trip:


  • Transfer to the camp site in Isafjördur
  • Full board from dinner D1 to lunch D6 included
  • All camping and cooking gears (except sleeping bag)
  • Boat transfers
  • Kayak equipment

Price does not includes:

  • International flight
  • Personal insurance

D1 : Hesteyrarfjordur

We leave Isafjordur harbour in the morning to Hesteyri on a speedboat. From there, we’ll sort out the equipment and start our journey paddling. Our first destination is Hesteyrarfjordur and the ruins of an old whaling station. The place is at a short distance from Hesteyri. We will paddle in the fjord to acclimate to our boats before settling up for the night in the house of the old local doctor.

D2 : Kviadalur

Today our goal is to reach Kviar Farmhouse located in Kviadalur dale. This itinerary will lead us along a scenic coastline, crossing the fjords of Hesteyrarfjördalur and Veidileysufjördur. In these fjords, there is a good chance to see whales and white tailed eagles. Finally, we will land on a beach near Kviar Farmhouse, where we will spend the night and maybe enjoy the sauna adjacent to the farmhouse.
Distance: 15 km (9.3 mi)

D3: Lonafjördur

We will leave our gear in the farmhouse to enjoy paddling in the fjord of Lonafjördur, said by some to be most beautiful fjord in Iceland. This fjord is really pristine and no traces of human activity can be seen. However, we will most likely watch several seals, because a colony of them dwells on the nearby bay of Sopandi. After a long day of paddling, we will go back to the farmhouse to enjoy a nice sauna moment and a delicious dinner.
Distance: 18 – 20 km (11.2 – 12.4 mi)

D4: Bay of Grunnavik

Today we pack our gear again and say goodbye to Kviar Farmhouse. We will cross the bay and get close to Höfdi to have a nice look at the fjord of Leirufjördur. Leirufjördur means “the silt fjord”, and this name will become self explanatory when you will see the mud and silt coming from the glacial rivers escaping from Drangajökull Glacier. After this magnificent sight, we will head to the bay of Grunnavik and pass under a natural rocky arch on the way. Having reached Grunnavik we will do some sight seeing, especially the small church and establish camp on the beach.
Distance: 20 km (12.4 mi)

D5: Bay of Isafjardardjup

Today, it is time to leave the fjord system of Jökulfirdir to reach the large bay of Isafjardardjup. On the way we will encounter breath-taking waterfalls, that are usually inaccessible by foot. We will keep going along the coast of Snaefjallaströnd were we will stop for the night. Depending on the weather conditions, we will camp in the cove of Ytraskard or next to the magic waterfall of Möngufoss.
Distance 20 – 24 km (12.4 – 15 mi)

D6: Isafjördur

For this last day of kayaking in Iceland, we will have our first stop on the quaint island of Aedey. This small island is only inhabited by one family and exclusively during summertime. As you expect, this stop will offer calm, serenity, quietness… and puffins. After this visit, we will paddle on 9km to reach the island of Vigur. This island is as well secluded and the realm of puffins, eider ducks and a few farmers. We will visit the island for 2 hours, enjoy the nice coffee house.
After this break, we will start the last part of our journey. Depending on the weather conditions we will paddle to Hvitanes or to Sudavik. A car will pick us up and will drive us back to Isafjördur. Even if we will arrive in town early enough to catch a flight to Reykjavik, we usually recommend to spend one more day there and enjoy this wonderful location.
Distance: 20 – 22 km (12.4 – 13.6 mi)


Good to know


  • Sleeping bag summer rated to at least 0°C.
  • Thin inflatable sleeping mattress.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Wool or fleece thermal mid layer.
  • Hiking pants. We recommend no cottons as they take long to dry if wet.
  • Light waterproof and breathable pants and jacket for hiking onshore.
  • Wool/fleece hat.
  • One pair of gloves.
  • 3 to 4 pairs thick wool/synthetic socks.
  • Lights shoes for strolls around camp.
  • At least two dry bags for your personal gear. One needs to be able to “swallow” your sleeping bag.
  • Paddling gloves or mittens
  • Kayak shoes/sandals or boots. 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.
  • Binoculars is 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 litres.
  • 1 litre water bottle.
  • Don’t forget your camera!