Robinson Crusoe Kayaking | Guideless Kayaking near Stokkseyri

Robinson Crusoe Kayaking | Guideless Kayaking near Stokkseyri
A group of kayakers posing on the water, raising their oars for a photo.
A kayaker making her way through the wetlands on the South Icelandic Lowlands.
A group of adventurers relaxing after a kayaking experience in a geothermal pool.
Two kayaking travellers heading into the sunset on a summer evening.
The calm, wide waters of south Iceland are a perfect place to go open-boat kayaking.
A group of kayakers moving downstream, enjoying the Icelandic summer sun.
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Whether you are an old hand at kayaking or a complete beginner, you'll undoubtedly enjoy our one to three-hour “Robinson Crusoe” trips. This guideless, short excursion is well suited for families, couples, and individuals who have always dreamed of doing a bit of kayaking on their own in a safe paddling environment. 

The tour begins at our base in the centre Stokkseyri, a picturesque seaside town, 40-minute drive south-east of Reykjavik or 15-minute drive South from Selfoss. After suiting up in warm overalls, gloves and life vest, our experienced instructors will teach you everything you need to know- paddling techniques, how to manoeuvre your kayak and the basic safety rules. 

Our comfortable sit-on-top kayaks are known for their ease of handling and are ideally suited for families with children or for those who are new to the sport. This relaxing excursion will bring you into close proximity to a large number of nesting birds that flock to the area every summer to breed including dunlin, snipe, black-tailed godwit and a variety of seabirds who will accompany you as you spend a relaxing few hours paddling through the shallow inland canals at the edge of Löngudæl Lake. 

Summer is, of course, the best time make use of the 24 hour daylight in this tranquil and serene setting, winding your way through a maze of canals that eventually lead you right back to where you started. When the weather is good, no less than four of Iceland’s best-known glaciers are visible in the distance─ Langjökull, Tindfjallajökull, Myrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. 

The Eyjafjallajökull icecap hides a volcano that last erupted in 2010 and made headlines around the world for its unpronounceable name and ability to bring European air traffic to a complete standstill. The village of Stokkseyri (pop. 497) was founded around 900 AD and is one of Iceland’s oldest continuously inhabited villages. Centuries later, it was to become the most important trading and fishing centre in the entire country. 

Situated at the edge of the Great Þjórsá Lava field, Stokkseyri is home to the largest existing lava flow known to have occurred in Iceland as a result of a single eruption that occurred some 8600 years ago. At the end of the tour, participants are offered free entrance to the Stokkseyri swimming pool and hot tubs, along with complimentary coffee or hot chocolate.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Oct.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Kayaking, Canoeing, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 6 years.
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Attractions: Iceland's coasts, Stokkseyri, Árborg, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00. 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00,


You meet us at the departure location.
The parking area in front of Stokkseyri Swimming pool

  • Kayaking gear (boat, paddle, dry-suit top and bottoms, life jacket

  • Waterproof case for your phone

  • Map of the area

  • Drinks and food

What to bring:
  • Extra pair of socks

  • Warm clothing

  • Sunglasses and sunscreen

Good to know:

Bring extra clothing.

Stokkseyri is located a 40-minute drive east of Reykjavík


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It was truly an incredible experience I did all alone! And it was unforgettable! Definitely something I want to experience again with my significant other one day! Everyone from Iceland were so kind and helpful. Food was great! Definitely the most expensive trip I’ve taken, but worth everything penny.
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