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3 Day Kayaking and Camping Adventure in the Beautiful Westfjords

The Westfjords tower above a kayaker in Iceland.
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Aðalstræti, Ísafjörður, Iceland
Duration
3 days
Difficulty
Moderate
Languages
English
Available
Jun. - Sep.
Minimum age
18 years old

Spend three days paddling through the magical Westfjords on this amazing kayaking tour from Isafjordur. Those eager to marvel over Iceland’s most remote and beautiful landscapes in an adventurous and unique way should grab their spots while availability lasts. 

On this journey, you’ll depart on your kayaks from the breathtaking fjord of Seydisfjordur beneath some of the country’s most impressive mountains, traveling to Folafotur Peninsula, renowned for its beautiful panoramas. After camping for a night, you’ll paddle to the island of Vigur, which has countless nesting birds, then to another peninsula, Hvitanes, which boasts an enormous seal colony. 

Following one more night in the untouched nature, you will kayak to the capital of the region, Isafjordur.

As you cruise along the coastline, you’ll be awed by some of the most incredible landscapes and seascapes imaginable; furthermore, you have an excellent chance of spotting whales, dolphins, and puffins while on the water. The sheltered nature of the fjords you will pass through means that the seas are most likely to be very still, making this journey comfortable and relatively easy. 

Expert guides, specially trained for your safety, will lead the way, regaling you with local tales and facts about nature. They’ll also provide you with all equipment needed for your kayaking adventure and a tent for your two nights in the wilderness!

Paddle through the seascapes of the Westfjords and spend two nights camping in incredible corners of the country by booking this fantastic excursion. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Included

3 day kayaking tour
All meals except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 3
Transfer to Seydisfjordur
Kayak and Paddle
Neoprene pants, dry top, spray skirt, life vest, paddling boots, paddling gloves
Dry bags
Professional guides
Tents

Activities

Kayaking
Sightseeing
Bird watching

Daily itinerary

Day 1
A whale appears before kayakers in Iceland.

From Isafjordur

You’ll meet your friendly kayaking guides at midday in Isafjordur on day one of your three-day paddling adventure in the Westfjords. At the base camp, they’ll brief you on the journey and introduce you to your equipment before guiding you onto the bus and driving you for 45 minutes to the fjord of Seydisfjordur.

Here, you’ll get dressed up, board your kayak, and take your first strokes into the stunning waters. Your guide will lead you beneath the incredible mountain of Hestur, then along the shoreline with dramatic cliffs; keep an eye out for seals, dolphins, and whales as you cruise further out, as they could appear at any time!

After several hours of gentle paddling, you’ll come to the Folafotur Peninsula, a beautiful, untouched corner of the region with breathtaking panoramas. You’ll set up your tents before enjoying a warming dinner; you can then retire, or else go for a walk along the shore looking at the wilderness and seeking out wildlife.

Day 2
Seals haul out before a kayaker in Iceland.

Vigur and Hvitanes

On the second day of your kayaking trip in the Westfjords, you’ll have a hearty breakfast, get dressed, and take back to the seas. You’ll spend a short while paddling through still seas, admiring your surroundings, and listening out to the commentary of your guides until you reach the island of Vigur.

Vigur may be small, but it is a haven for thousands of seabirds of many species that nest here during the summer. You’ll admire them from the water before making a landing and meeting the locals who exist symbiotically with them. They’ll discuss what life on the island is like over lunch before bidding you farewell as you return to your kayaks.

The next leg of your journey will take you to another fantastic place for wildlife - the Hvitanes Peninsula. This area has an enormous seal colony that can reliably be seen hauling out on the rocky outcrops, splashing around in the shallows, and bobbing further out to sea. Some may even be a little curious of you and approach your kayak for a closer look!

After your time here, you’ll paddle back to camp for another lovely meal and rest.

Day 3
A group of kayakers celebrate their journey in Iceland.

To Isafjordur

The third day of your kayaking adventure will have you return to Isafjordur; however, the journey back is spectacular, with many highlights to see. You’ll get to marvel over the dramatic Kambsnes Peninsula, the gorgeous village of Sudavik, and the tall cliffs of the Isafjordardjup fjord. Keep your eyes on the surface of the seas for your last chance of seeing whales, dolphins, and seals as you paddle!

Once you’re back in the capital of the Westfjords, you’ll return your equipment in time to enjoy your evening reminiscing over your fantastic trip!

What to bring

Large backpack
Water bottle
Warm, waterproof clothes (non cotton)
Thermal layers, preferably wool and fleece
Hat and gloves

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