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What is the best kayaking tour in Iceland?

The best kayaking tour in Iceland is a 1.5-hour excursion at the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Glide between towering icebergs on this spectacular tour, rated an excellent 4.9 out of 5 stars by around 30 travelers. The trip costs around 100 USD per person.
The second-best kayaking tour in Iceland is this 2.5-hour trip on the Solheimajokull glacier lagoon. It's rated five stars and costs approximately 130 USD.
The third-best kayaking tour in Iceland is a scenic three-hour midnight sun kayaking tour by Mount Kirkjufell on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. It's rated five stars and costs about 126 USD.

Are kayaking tours in Iceland worth it?

Yes, kayaking tours in Iceland are worth it! They offer an unparalleled opportunity to explore the country's stunning natural beauty from a unique perspective. Gliding through Iceland's crystal-clear waters, you'll encounter breathtaking scenery, including majestic fjords, serene lakes, and possibly wildlife such as seals and seabirds.
These tours cater to all skill levels and provide a peaceful yet invigorating way to experience Iceland's diverse landscapes, making them a highly recommended activity for any visitor.

What is the cheapest kayaking tour in Iceland?

The cheapest kayaking tour in Iceland is this family-friendly 3-hour, guideless Robinson Crusoe kayaking tour from Stokkseyri, a town near Reykjavik. This five-star tour only costs about 43 USD per person.
The second-cheapest kayaking tour in Iceland is a relaxing two-hour Eastfjords kayaking tour from Djupivogur. It's rated 4.7 stars from seven reviews and costs around 90 USD per person.
The third-cheapest kayaking tour in Iceland is an intermediate-level two-hour kayaking power challenge circle tour from Stokkseyri in coastal Southwest Iceland. It costs approximately 93 USD per traveler.

What multi-day kayaking tours are available in Iceland?

Travelers can choose from several multi-day kayaking adventures in Iceland.
This spectacular 3-day guided kayaking tour in the Westfjords departs from Isafjordur and costs approximately 1,034 USD per person.
Or, discover the idyllic beauty of the Hornstrandir nature reserve on this 4-day kayaking adventure from Isafjordur. It includes comfortable accommodation and most meals, costing about 1,135 USD per traveler.
Book this 6-day trip paddling in the wild through the Hornstrandir nature reserve for an extended kayaking adventure. It departs from Isafjordur, includes all food and cooking gear, and costs around 2,015 USD per person.

Do you need to be experienced to go on a kayaking tour in Iceland?

Most kayaking tours in Iceland are open to people of different abilities. A short introduction to technique and safety will be given at the start of every trip. Kayaking experience and good physical condition are recommended for tours that stretch over several days.

What time of year can you kayak in Iceland?

Kayaking tours in Iceland are in operation between May and September.

Is there an age restriction on kayaking tours in Iceland?

Yes, there are age restrictions for kayaking tours, but they differ between tour providers and the difficulty of the kayaking excursion. Usually, the minimum age is between 14 and 18 years old.

How many people fit in a kayak?

Most companies will offer a choice between single-person kayaks and tandem kayaks that fit two people.

What should I wear on a kayaking tour in Iceland?

You should wear warm layers, and bringing an extra pair of socks is always a good idea. Overalls, gloves, and sometimes shoes will be provided.

Do I need to bring any equipment for my kayaking tour in Iceland?

No, all equipment will be provided. Just ensure you bring warm clothes.

Can I bring my camera/phone with me on a kayaking tour?

Yes, you can. However, you are responsible for all equipment you choose to bring with you.

What happens if I fall in the water during a kayaking tour?

The kayaks are generally very stable and generally do not capsize. You will be provided with overalls and a life jacket to stay afloat while your clothing will mostly stay dry.

Do I need to be able to swim to go on a kayaking tour in Iceland?

You do not have to be able to swim, but it is better if you can. In the unlikely event that you capsize, your lifejacket will keep you afloat, and your guide is trained and will know exactly what to do. People who can swim generally feel more confident in the water.

How long will a kayaking tour in Iceland last?

Kayaking tours can be as short as two hours and as long as ten hours. Multi-day tours are also available. How long you are willing to stay on the water is up to you. If you are new to kayaking, we recommend shorter tours.

What types of wildlife might I see during a kayaking tour in Iceland?

While kayaking in Iceland, you may have the chance to see a variety of wildlife, including seabirds like puffins and guillemots and marine animals such as seals. The specific species you'll encounter can vary based on the location and time of year. Still, the unique opportunity to observe these creatures in their natural habitat is a highlight of the experience.

Are there different levels of difficulty available for kayaking tours in Iceland?

Yes, kayaking tours in Iceland cater to various skill levels, ranging from beginner-friendly routes in calm waters to more challenging adventures for experienced kayakers.
Tour operators typically provide detailed information about the difficulty level of each excursion, ensuring that participants can choose a tour that matches their comfort and skill level.

Can kayaking tours in Iceland accommodate people with disabilities?

Tour operators strive to accommodate individuals with disabilities, but accessibility can vary. It's recommended to contact tour providers in advance to discuss specific needs and to determine if they can offer a safe and enjoyable kayaking experience for people with disabilities.

What are the safety measures and emergency protocols for kayaking tours in Iceland?

Safety is a top priority on kayaking tours in Iceland. Participants are provided with life jackets, and guides are trained in first aid and emergency response. Pre-tour safety briefings cover proper kayaking techniques, handling various weather conditions, and what to do in emergencies, ensuring a safe experience for everyone.

How does the weather in Iceland affect kayaking tours?

The weather in Iceland can be unpredictable and can significantly impact kayaking tours. Tours may be rescheduled or routes altered to ensure safety in adverse weather conditions. Participants are advised to check with tour operators for weather updates and to be prepared for changes in the schedule.

Are there any environmentally friendly practices followed during kayaking tours in Iceland?

Kayaking tour operators in Iceland often adhere to environmentally friendly practices to preserve the natural beauty of the locations. This includes following guidelines to minimize ecological impact, avoiding disruption to wildlife, and educating participants on sustainable tourism practices.

Can I book a private kayaking tour in Iceland, and how does it differ from regular tours?

Private kayaking tours are available and offer a more personalized experience. These tours can be tailored to individual preferences regarding route, duration, and pace, providing a more intimate exploration of Iceland's waters. They may be ideal for those seeking solitude or a unique experience with family or friends.

What are the most scenic kayaking routes in Iceland for nature photography?

Some of the most scenic kayaking routes in Iceland include the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, where you can paddle among icebergs, and the serene Westfjords, known for its dramatic landscapes.
These locations provide stunning backdrops for nature photography, capturing the tranquility and grandeur of Iceland's natural environment.
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