Wildlife of Vigur Island

Kayaking tour in Westfjords

Challenging sea kayaking day tour to Vigur Island

This exciting trip takes you from Seyðisfjorður Fjord, out to and around Vigur Island, where the birdlife is just about as rich as it gets in Iceland. Seeing the teeming life of Ísafjarðardjúp Bay and sometimes even a whale or two, while enjoying the unique, panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and fjords from the sea is an experience like no other. Stopping at Vigur to eat our delicious home-made lunch among the puffins and eider ducks is sure to get you ready for the paddle back to the mainland.  

  • Meeting point: Our base camp Bræðraborg café at Aðalstræti 22B, be there half an hour before departure

  • Departure: We depart at 9:00 AM from Bræðraborg. 

  • Minimum age: 16 years

  • Min pax: 4 pers

  • Trip Difficulty: 4 out of 5 possible

  • Duration: 7-8 hours. 

  • Included: Transportation, delicious home-made lunch, kayaking gear and professional guiding.

Please not that after ca 15. August the puffins leave Vigur Island.


A few weeks ago my wife and I were traveling around the West Fjords. It was our goal to go kayaking in the Fjords and this trip far exceeded our expectations. Even though the weather was overcast it made the scenery even more dramatic. Our guide Raguel was both knowledgeable and fun. He led us out to Vigur Island were we were treated to up close encounters with Eiders, Puffins and Arctic Terns. This was rounded out with a fantastic lunch and hot coffee. I am a Sea Kayaking instructor on the coast of Maine and in my opinion Borea Adventures is a top rate guiding company. We are looking forward to our return....

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Disclaimer: All kayak trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. BOREA does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk.

We meet up at the Borea café in the center of Ísafjörður where we gear up before driving to Seyðisfjörður Fjord.

After about 40 min. drive we get the kayaks ready for the first leg of today, where we paddle to the headland of Folafótur and make a short stop there for lunch. On the way we keep a lookout for seals and whales that often venture into this fjord.

From Folafótur, we make the last leg to the island of Vigur, where we go ashore to take a little break from kayaking and enjoy the slow paced life on this beautiful island. Thousands of birds call Vigur their home in the summer. Puffins are everywhere around the island and eider ducks, guillemots, razorbills and other marine birds. 

The relationship between the farmer and the ducks is very special, since the family has collected the down from their nests for hundreds of years in exchange for a protection from birds of prey. 

After the walk on the island, we get back to our boats and paddle back. If conditions are good and we have ample time, we can take a short detour to take a better look at the seals sunbathing on the rocks close to shore. 

  • Spare clothes
  • Warm clothes to wear while paddling. It is recommended you wear wool or fleece bottoms and top underneath the waterproof kayaking clothing.
  • A cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Don't forget your camera!

1. Is this trip for beginners?

No. If you're an active person and in good shape but with no kayaking experience, you could be able to do this trip. We do though recommend kayaking experience on the sea (small lakes don't count!) since the sea can be choppy in some parts on this trip.

2. Is there a chance to see whales on this tour?

We often see whales on this trip like minke whales and we have seen humpbacks few times. Though we can't guarantee it of course. 

3. Is it possible to have a tandem boat? 

Yes it's possible but we can't promise it until last minute or if you order it beforehand. We don't have a lot of tandem boats but we try to fulfil your needs.

4. You rate this tour 4 out of 5. What's so difficult about this trip?

It's mainly that it's a long paddle or 18 km. and it can be a struggle if we have some wind. On a nice sunny day, it's not so hard but good physival shape is recommended to enjoy this trip in full. Tandem boat would be a good idea if you are in doubt. 

5. Is it okay to bring camera with my?

You can take your camera with you, but it is of course on your own risk. Have it in waterproof case or bag.  

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