Combine your active holiday with skills of seakayaking, in the most amazing surroundings!
Experience the unique Westfjords of Iceland, while learning everything you need, to handle your sea kayak properly and safely, by the standards of EPP2 (Euro Paddle Pass level 2).
For the beginner and semi-experienced paddler, Borea Adventures and I, Corpus offers this unique course, where you gain the necessary experience and understanding of handling your kayak in calm waters. With all the basic strokes, rescues and knowledge, this course mixes practice with theory, which also include equipment, safety and how to plan your own trip. All this in the surroundings of the best that Iceland has to offer, with crystal-clear water, high mountaincliffs and all kinds of wildlife, both above and under sea level.
From our base at the capital of the Westfjords, Ísafjörður, we will visit three different fjords during the 3½ days-course, returning back to Ísafjörður every day. The time will allow plenty of opportunity to practice all the moves, paddle some distance and enjoy the scenery. The course will be conducted in english by both an Icelandic and Danish instructor, who will be in charge of all teaching and safety, along with the support and joy of local knowledge and folktales of the land.
This course is for everybody above the age of 15, who is in a fairly good shape and ready for an experience of a lifetime! All equipment, lunch and transport during the course is included in the price, while transport to and from Ísafjördur, accommodation and other meals is excl.
There are a number of options for accommodation in Ísafjördur, as well as plenty of places to shop groceries or dine out. Visit the local tourist-website www.westfjords.is for further information. Click here for information about how to get to Ísafjördur, .
24 July - Arrive to Ísafjörður in the afternoon the latest, with pick-up at the airport for those who arrive directly from Reykjavik by plane. After check-in at your accommodation of choice, we meet at the office of Borea Adventure for some traditional, icelandic soup (included in the price) while going over the details of the program, exchanging experiences and expectations. We will also let you know a bit about Ísafjördur city and the Westfjords in general, before handing out your personal kayak-equipment, making you ready for the next day.
25 July - A whole day on the waters surrounding Ísafjördur. We meet at the office at 8 o’clock, from where we will pick up our equipment and head for the kayaks down at the habour. Here, you will learn how to adjust your kayak, enter and exit it correctly and learn all the basic strokes to get you going. From the inner-fjord, we will then seek along the coast toward Arnarnas, the mouth of the fjord, for a lunchbreak. This will be on the very edge of the Atlantic Ocean and with a good view of the surrounding mountains. After lunch, we develop our technique, before crossing the mouth of the fjord and head inwards again, back to Ísafjördur. Before heading to shore, we practice wet-exit and partner-rescue. The day ends back at the office late afternoon.
26 July - Another whole day on the water, and with a theory-lesson in the evening. Once again, we meet at the office at 8 o’clock, to travel by bus to Önundarfjördur. In this very deserted and beautiful part of the Westfjords, we will add to the technique with the aim of better handling and control. This is also an area with a more obvious effect of tides and currents, of which we will explore. In the afternoon, we will return to Ísafjördur, meeting up again at Borea Adventures Base Camp, after dinnertime. Here, we will go through the topics of safety, marks and rules on the water and how to plan a trip on your own. The planning will be a practical assignment, as it will be used for the trip the following day.
27 July - Yet another whole day in the kayaks, meeting up once again at the office at 8 o’clock, to jump on the bus. From here, we will drive to the bottom of Seydisfjörður, to execute the planning of yesterday. The trip will lead us to the neighbourfjord Hestfjördur, and on the way, we will practise the skills and techniques of the past couple of days. By arrivel, the last of the techniques will we introduced and practiced. Meanwhile, the bus will arrive, taking us back to Ísafjörður. Upon arrivel at the office, a short evaluation will be conducted, and – as an option – a final dinner together can be arranged, in the evening (not included in the price).
28 July - If you are flying out of Ísafjörður, there will be a pick-up from your accommodation to the airport on this day, scheduled to fit your departure. We do however recommend that you stay few extra day to explore the surroundings of Ísafjörður or other parts of the Westfjords. We will be happy to recommend you different kinds of day trips or areas of your interest.
OBS: As with sea kayaking in general, this program will depend on the right weather and wind conditions, and may be altered on a day-to-day-basis, for safety reasons. The course of the technique, however, will be maintained – one way or the other.
If you have any questions or remarks regarding this offer, please do not hesitate to contact either of the responsible companies. Borea Adventures ( send email) for information about location, accommodation, insurance, equipment and payments. I, Corpus (send email) for information about the instruction, personal gear, EPP-system and whether this course is great for you!
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- All transport
- Kayak instructions
- Food the first night
- Kayaking gear (boat, paddle, dry-suit top and life jacket). We recommend that you bring your own paddling gear if you have
- Travel to and from Ísafjörður, Iceland unless specifically mentioned in itinerary.
- Food and accommodation
- Personal medical insurance
- Personal equipment as pr recommended equipment list.
Terms and conditions
The Borea Adventures trips/voyages are of an adventurous nature and to relatively remote places in Iceland, Greenland and other places. Borea Adventures makes best effort to stick to the planned itinerary but participants must appreciate and acknowledge that the trip/voyage requires considerable flexibility. The company reserve the right to adjust the itinerary without notice for reasons beyond their control such as weather, ice-conditions or other unpredictable or unforeseeable circumstances.
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