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Hornbjargsviti

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Bike and Kayak Combo Tour

The perfect tour combination for the active traveller

Combine our classic – Calm Water Kayaking and Around the Walls to create a full day of activities.

The shores of the fjord are a great place to see wildlife. Expect to see Arctic Terns, Eider Ducks, Cormorants and Black Guillemots as well as the curious seal colony which lives at the end of the fjord.

Contents of this tour

Tour overview

Description

Enjoy paddling along this easy route under the towering mountains which surround the fjord, and see our wonderful town from a unique perspective.

We take a break for lunch before donning our helmets and hitting the trail. We ride along the mountain sides on easy trails and through the rare Icelandic ‘forest’.

The views across the water are stunning and on a clear day we’ll see across the ocean to the snowy mountains of the Snæfjallaströnd coastline.

This tour very beginner friendly and is suitable for families. Our guides will be there to help you every step of the way. The mountain bike trail is easy to ‘mix and match’ meaning we can include or avoid certain sections depending on ability.

Please drop us an email if you’re interested!

Meeting point: Our base at Mávagarður C (grey building) close to the Eastern Harbour.

Departure: 9:30 AM. Be there half an hour before departure time.

Minimum age: 12 years.

Group size: We need a minimum number of 2 participants to operate the tour. Maximum group size is 8, but most of our tours are between 2–6 people.

Trip Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.

Duration of trip: 7 hours.

Included: All kayaking gear, mountain bike, helmet and professional guide.

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Itinerary

The journey begins at our base in Mávagarður C (grey building), where you meet your guide and gear up. We then walk down to the shore behind the old houses in Neðstikaupstaður, where we have a short safety briefing and paddling lesson.

And then we’re off! We explore the fjord keeping a good lookout for various bird species and seals. We spend approximately 2 hours on the water before heading back to our base in Mávagarður C.

After lunch we start biking up the main street of the town, Aðalstræti. We bike up towards the mountains and the first slope that leads us to the avalanche barrier. We sneak behind the towering walls and bike along the backside, popping back out to continue along the base of the mountain.

We continue along flowing single track towards the forest in Tungudalur where we find the marvellous Buná river and waterfall. For a great view over the fjord, we bike across the valley towards the final avalanche barrier. The short and slightly steep climb up the barrier is well worth the view. From here on it´s easy ride back into town.

What to bring

  • Warm woollen or fleece clothing including top, bottoms and socks. Please avoid cotton as it keeps you cold when wet and takes a very long time to dry.
  • Sturdy shoes, no flip flops!
  • Sunhat, sunglasses and sunscreen, it can get sunny up here!
  • Water bottle.
  • Don’t forget your camera!

FAQ

You can bring cameras and phones to capture those great moments. However, as we all know, water and electronics don’t mix very well. We at Borea hold no responsibility over your personal electronics. That being said, we have very few accidents and you’re unlikely to drop or damage your items if you’re careful. We recommend using a waterproof case.
Our kayaks are very stable and capsizes are rare, therefore, you’re unlikely to get soaked. But it’s important to remember that we are kayaking and it’s normal to get caught by a few splashes. Our kayak gear will keep you somewhat protected but getting a little damp is normal.
There is a colony of seals which live in the fjord and they are often seen sunbathing on the rocks or swimming around the kayaks, they are very curious. However, we don’t guarantee that we’ll see them as they’re sometimes out hunting fish.
We use plastic sea kayaks. We have both single and tandem kayaks available. We highly recommend using tandem kayaks for our trips as they are faster, more stable and a lot more social than the singles! Tandem kayaks are not only for beginners, in fact, experienced kayakers will know the benefit of tandem kayaks. However, if you are an experienced paddler, then of course the single kayaks are available.
Definitely! Our kayaks are very stable and easy to use. We will give you very easy and clear guidance and make you feel very comfortable. If you have any worries, then please feel free discuss this with your guide beforehand.
The ride is very easy and suitable for people of all abilities. The route is very flexible and we’re able to avoid or add section, depending on how you’re feeling.
You arrive in Keflavik International Airport about 40 minutes away from the capital city of Reykjavik. From the domestic airport in Reykjavik there are 2-3 daily 40 minute flights to Isafjordur. You can take the Fly-Bus between the airports and most of the time you can continue same day. Check out Air Iceland Connect for schedules and special offers. You can also rent a car and drive to Isafjordur. The drive, over mountain passes and through fjords is an adventure itself. It’s about 440-500 km depending on which route you take. A new road via Arnkötludalur opened in 2009 which completes the asphalted pathway the whole way, and kills the old myth of bad roads in the Westfjords! The drive will normally take you 5-6 hours. A new tunnel opened in September 2020 under the infamous mountain pass between the fjords of Arnarfjörður and Dýrafjörður. That tunnel makes it much easier to travel through the Westfjords all year round and shortens the route up the West coast. For accommodation in Reykjavik there are many options of hotels and guesthouses that we can book for groups. Please ask us for individual bookings. We strongly recommend you to spend a few extra days visiting the West Fjords and other parts of Iceland. We’re happy to help you arranging few days in the area or give you good tips about exciting things to do while in Iceland.

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