Sailboat Kayaking

Sea kayaking with Aurora as a mother ship


The remote fjords and coves of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in the West Fjords of NW Iceland are the perfect area for sea kayaking tours. The landscape is dramatic with majestic bird cliffs and lush valleys. The wildlife is rich with almost 50 species of breeding birds, arctic foxes, seals, whales and porpoises. Using the comfortable expedition yacht AURORA as a mothership gives us flexibility in itineraries, enhanced safety and the ability to cover a lot of ground. We can choose to paddle all day between anchorages or we can take the kayaks onboard the yacht and sail to a different location if the weather changes. There are many opportunities to combine the paddling with hikes and walks in the mountains and along the coast. We will try to cover four great spots for sea kayaking: Hornbjarg bird cliffs, Vigur Puffin Island, Leirufjörður with Drangajökull ice cap and glacier river and Reykjanes hot springs.


Please Note

In 2014 we do not have any departures set aside specifically for mothership kayaking, but we offer custom trips and dates and we always carry a few kayaks onboard AURORA on our regular summer trips. These trips can also be changed and dedicated to kayaking  for groups of 6-10. Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to plan a kayaking trip for your group.

Also check out our Greenland tours where we always carry a few kayaks.

Trip itinerary


Day 1

Departure from Isafjordur at 19:00. One hour sailing to Seyðisfjörður and anchor at Folafótur. Option to do a short hike or paddle along the beach before going to sleep for the first night.


Day 2

Paddle out to the island of Vigur where we will go ashore. This is a very unique place where man and nature have coexisted in balance and harmony and where thousands of seabirds come ashore to breed during the short summer. There are large colonies of Eiders, Puffins, Arctic Terns and Black Guillemots. We will take a short walk on land and then paddle around the island. We will then take the kayaks onboard the yacht and sail for 2-4 hours to the bay of Aðalvík and anchor there.


Day 3

We will start the day paddling along the white sandy beach of Aðalvík. Then we have an option of kayaking along the cliffs or taking the kayaks onboard the yacht to sail the 2-3 hours to Hornvík. Hornvík is one of the most magnificent spots of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve with two of the largest bird cliffs in Iceland. We'll sail/paddle under 200-500m high cliffs with millions of birds such as Guillemots, Razorbills, Fulmars and Kittiwakes high above us. We'll anchor at the head of Hornvík bay and spend the night there.


Day 4

The morning will be spent paddling in Hornvík or hiking on the Hornbjarg cliffs. In the afternoon we will put the kayaks onboard the yacht and sail towards Hesteyri in the Jökulfirdir fjords. Depending on the interest of the group we have an option of sailing a small detour north of the Arctic Circle. The arctic circle is only around 5 nautical miles north of Hornvík bay at 66º 33' 39" N. We will arrive in Hesteyri in the evening and anchor off the old abandoned village for the night.


Day 5

Today we will paddle across the bay to Leirufjörður. One of the glaciers from the Drangajökull ice cap runs into this fjord and the name of it translates to ‘muddy fjord'. Here is a chance we will hike up to the glacier and even take the kayaks up the river and try some easy runs down the river later. We will spend the night at anchor here.


Today we also have an option of a 4-5 hour sailing detour to Ísafjarðardjúp bay and to the Reykjanes hot spring area. There is an open geothermal swimming pool and subsea hot springs close to the beach.


Day 6

On the last day we will sail or paddle towards Isafjordur with arrival around 16:00 in the afternoon. You can catch the last flight from Isafjordur the same day but we suggest staying at least one night in Isafjordur.

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Kayaking in Lonafjordur, Glacier Fjords, Iceland.
Kayaking in Lonafjordur, Glacier Fjords, Iceland.
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  • All food onboard and during day activities, except alcohol
  • Accommodation onboard
  • Use of sailing clothing ( Gore-Tex jacket and pants), safety harness and life jacket
  • Guiding
  • Kayaking gear (boat, paddle, dry-suit top and life jacket)

Not included:

  • Travel to and from Ísafjörður, Iceland unless specifically mentioned in itinerary.
  • Food the first day until boarding the yacht in Ísafjörður
  • Personal medical insurance
  • Personal equipment as pr recommended equipment list.

Difficulty:                 Moderate to Challenging

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 captain of the vessel 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. Once departed on the voyage the captain will have final say on all decisions affecting safety etc and this must be accepted by all participants.

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Welcome to the website for Borea Adventures, Iceland, your number one stop for Arctic adventures in high latitudes. We provide great adventures and expeditions in Iceland, Greenland, East Greenland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard (Spitzbergen), mainly using our spacious yacht, the Aurora. Our philosophy is to make our trips as silent as possible where we minimize the use of motorized power and encourage physical activities, whether sea kayaking, climbing, sailing, walking and hiking, wildlife, ski touring and backcountry skiing for beginners, experts and people of all ages. The North Atlantic is our playground and we offer scheduled trips for individuals and groups as well as customized itineraries and charter for groups. We travel in harmony with the wildlife of the area: Arctic Foxes, Birds, Seals, Whales and Polar Bears. Aurora is a sturdy expedition yacht and was raced four times around the globe as part of the Clipper Round the World yacht race under the ownership of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. She gives us a great opportunity to provide Arctic adventures in areas that are hard to reach otherwise. We call her our floating basecamp. Our name is derived from Greek mythology where Boreas was the god of the north wind. Aurora on the other hand was the Roman rosy-fingered goddess of dawn. Aurora Borealis is a name for the Northern lights which are common in our area. As we humans have proven through the decades, names can be hard to remember. Especially if a bit of alcohol gets passed around the galley too many times! You might spell our name Boreal Adventures, Borial Adventures, Borea Adventrues and Borealis Adventures. Thank you for visiting Borea Adventures.