Sea Kayaking in the Westfjords of Iceland
The Westfjords of Iceland are the perfect playground for sea kayaking. No matter if you're taking your first strokes with the paddle, or a sea kayak veteran looking for challenging kayaking. We offer four day trips that offer different experience and vary from 2-8 hours.
The Calm Water Kayaking is a trip where almost everybody can participate. We start behind the Maritime Museum in Ísafjörður and after a short introduction and safety briefing, we head out on the fjord and paddle for approximately two hours among birds and often we spot curious seals.
The Two Fjords Discovery trip is one of our favorite kayaking trip. The main reason is the tranquility of the two fjords we paddle in and closeness to various birdlife and if we're lucky, we might see whales spouting in the distance. We start by a 40 minutes car ride to Seyðisfjörður Fjord and put the kayaks out on the calm fjord. The paddle along the pristine beach is beautiful and we make at least one stop for lunch on the way. At the head of the fjord we'll see a lot of sea birds like black guillemots and puffins on their home grounds. We end the trip by making our way into Hestfjörður (e. Horse Fjord) and land on the beach after 18 km. of paddling.
The Wildlife of Vigur Island is a new trip where we paddle from the headland of Hvítanes where dozens of harbor seals spend their time lying on rocks and lick the sun during the day. We paddle to the beautiful island of Vigur which is a true example of sustainable farmer living. The family that lives on the island make a living of puffin hunting, collecting eider down from the nests and in the last years, servicing visitors in the summer. The island is covered with all sorts of migratory birds in the summer and many species are quite relaxed around humans. After a nice break for lunch, we circumnavigate the island before heading back to the mainland. Distance about 14 km.
On The Dark Side of Mt. Óshlíð we paddle between Ísafjörður and the town of Bolungarvík. We try to paddle with the wind in the back so we sometimes start in Ísafjörður and sometimes in Bolungarvík. The sheer mountainside of Óshlíð is the setting of the most treacherous road in Iceland which was closed in 2010 when the tunnel between the two towns opened. We make at least one stop for lunch and sometimes we stop at the Ósvör fishing hut and see how fishermen lived in the old days all around the coast of Iceland. Distance about 15 km.