I had been travelling for 5 days in the Westfjords of Iceland and had by now reached Ísafjörður, the capital of the Westfjords. I was wondering what to do and see here and checked out the tours available at Borea Adventures. They had several tours to choose from, amongst them a selection of kayaking tours.
I had wanted to try out kayaking for the longest time, as I have seen that kayaking has become an increasingly popular sport in Iceland. This was my first time ever to do some kayaking, so I opted for calm water kayaking in the calm fjord by Ísafjörður town, which is often called the kayaking centre of Iceland.
I highlight calm as this tour is an introduction to kayaking in a calm fjord, just the tour for me :)
We met up with the guide at the offices of Borea Adventures in Aðalstræti - Main Street - in Ísafjörður town. There we got some kayaking gear and walked for a couple of minutes to the small harbour behind the oldest houses in Ísafjörður, carrying the oars and wearing a life-west, feeling very sporty ;)
Before we entered the sea we got a lesson in kayaking, i.e. how to paddle and steer the kayak and what to do were it to capsize! That apparently happens occasionally on the smaller kayaks, but we opted for the tandem kayak, which is very stable. And were you to capsize then the experienced kayak-guide is always next to you and picks you up.
After the basic kayaking lesson we got some more gear, f.ex. gloves which we fastened to the oars, an apron to fasten to us and the kayak, so we wouldn't get wet - and I also got a waterproof bag for my camera. The guide now pushed us into the sea and off we went kayaking in the fjord!
On this tour, apart from me and my husband, was a French couple, who was also kayaking for the first time. I was glad that I was not the only beginner, as at first you feel a little flustered, but you quickly get the hang of it and start enjoying the ride.
It is amazing paddling like this in beautiful surroundings. Of course if you are new to kayaking like I was then I was concentrating on the paddling, following the guide and the idea that I was actually floating on the sea. But the sea was calm and the mountain range is absolutely beautiful.
We let ourselves float and enjoyed the surroundings. I barely noticed that I was sitting in a kayak, it was so stable, but I think my husband was doing most of the paddling for the both of us. My paddling might have been more for show, although I felt very sporty paddling and sat there paddling like there was no tomorrow ;)
The 2-hour kayaking tour is easy and you will very soon get the hang of it, so do try it out. Before the tour you will be provided with all the kayaking gear, like a waterproof jacket, life-west and special gloves for the oars.
But remember to bring a cap and wear warm clothes and no don't wear jeans, just in case you were to get wet. I got a little wet when I reached out for the camera in the waterproof bag, and my hair was a little wet as well, as I was not wearing a cap.
This tour is available form July until October and departure is from the offices of Borea Adventures in Aðalstræti 22b at 09:30 and 13:30.
Borea Adventures also offer a wide selection of kayaking tours for the more experience kayakers, which I would love to join later on. Plus loads more interesting tours, like hiking tours and Hornstrandir tours, but visiting Hornstrandir nature reserve is high up on my wish list. So I will most definitely be visiting the northern part of the Westfjords of Iceland again soon :)
Verified locals on Guide to Iceland can get free travel services to review. This is a product feature of Calm Water Kayaking You can contact this local for more information about this product