Paddle in the Wild

Highlights: Sea kayaking in the wilderness, close encounters with seals, a rich birdlife, walking, camping in beautiful fjords and coves


During this great trip we’ll experience the best of both worlds: the beautiful fjords of Jökulfirðir (e. Glacier Fjords) in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve and Ísafjarðardjúp Bay. Both these areas are considered to offer the best sea kayaking in Iceland. Many bird species spend the summer in the area and there is a great chance to spot whales and porpoises. This trip is intended for people with some kayaking experience and need to be in general good physical condition to be able to enjoy the trip in full. Nights will be spent in good and comfortable tents. 


Please check out our short video to get you in the mood:

Longer kayaking expeditions can be arranged for groups on request.

Trip itinerary


Day 1

Departure in the morning from Isafjordur by car to Bolungarvik (15 minutes drive) where we take a speedboat to Hesteyri. There we´ll sort out our equipment and start paddling. First destination is the old ruins of a whaling station in Hesteyrarfjordur, a short distance from Hesteyri. Then we paddle to Lonafjordur that’s considered the most beautiful fjord in the area. 


Day 2

Today's goal is Leirufjordur (e. Silt Fjord). The name explains itself as we start sliding through the murky waters of the fjords. The reason is the clay and silt coming from the glacier river of Drangajokull Glacier. There is a good chance to catch Arctic char in the fjord.


Day 3

Paddle to Grunnavik Bay. En route is a nice rock arch that we can pass under on high tide.  There is also a good chance to spot porpoises close to the coast, especially if the sea is calm. In Grunnavik are a few summerhouses and a nice church that we can take a look at.

Today's distance: 21 km


Day 4

Today we head out of the Jokulfirdir fjord system and into the big bay of Isafjardardjup. The plan is to go along the coast of Snaefjallastrond and camp either on Sandeyri (18 km) or by the beautiful Mongufoss waterfall (25 km), all depending on conditions.


Day 5

Our first stop on the last full day of kayaking is the island of Aedey. The island is inhabited by one family during the summer months and is a nice place to stop, relax and enjoy life on the island while ashore. After visiting the island, we cross the bay and make landfall in Ogurvik. 


Day 6

After a lazy morning, we take a short paddle to the island of Vigur. The birdlife on the island is quite amazing and the farmers have raised special rock walls for the eiders to nest; puffins are found all over the island. The beautiful and colorful houses are very picturesque and the small coffee house is a great place to stop by and relax at. After about two hours on the island, we get going again for the last leg of the trip. Depending on weather, we'll paddle about 6 km to Hvitanes where a car will pick us up. Drive back to Isafjordur. We'll arrive in Isafjordur in time for the afternoon flight for those flying back to Reykjavik. We urge you to stay at least one night in Isafjordur and get to know this old and beautiful town. There are many interesting sites and nice walks in the mountains around the fjord that are definitely worth it. 


This description gives only a brief overview and might be changed by the guide, depending on weather and other conditions.

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Sea kayaking in the midnight sun in Iceland on summer solstice
Sea kayaking in the midnight sun in Iceland on summer solstice
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  • All food
  • Tents, cooking gear
  • Transfer to and from airport
  • Boat or car transfer on first and last day of the trip
  • Kayaking gear (boat, paddle, dry-suit top and bottoms, life jacket and dry bags)

Not included:

  • Travel to and from Ísafjörður, Iceland unless specifically mentioned in itinerary.
  • Food the first day until leaving on the trip
  • Personal medical insurance
  • Personal equipment as pr recommended equipment list.
Terms and conditions
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 and guide reserve the right to adjust the itinerary without notice for reasons beyond their control such as weather or other unpredictable or unforeseeable circumstances. Once departed on the trip the guide will have final say on all decisions affecting safety etc. and this must be accepted by all participants.

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- Claire, USA
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