Coastal Kayaking Adventure

Coastal Kayaking Adventure

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Coastal Kayaking Adventure

3 Days Starting and ending in Mávagarðsbryggja, Ísafjörður, Iceland

Visiting: Mávagarðsbryggja, Grunnavík, Ísafjarðardjúp, Möngufoss (Hlíðarhús), Æðey, Ísafjörður

Tour operator:

Borea Adventures

Tour code:


Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 10

Physical rating:


Age range:


Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Meat, Kosher, Jain, Halal, All diets accommodated

Tour operated in:


Trip Styles:

Active, Camping





From: $1050 $1017 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$33

NB: Prices correct on 16-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

This expedition really is a journey into the wilds of Iceland. The Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, Jokulfirðir glacial fjords and Ísafjarðardjúp bay really are the perfect setting for a remote kayak adventure. We discover secluded spots which are inaccessible by any other means and escape to places where others simply do not go. Moving from camp to camp we discover the wildlife which flocks to these regions during the summer time. Sea birds come from far and wide to breed along these shores. Marine mammals such as whales, dolphins and seals are a common sight and the Arctic Fox is an ever-present beauty. We paddle under towering cliffs, negotiating the waves and rocks which demonstrate nature’s raw power. We will take time to explore rocky coves and inlets and try our hand at surfing small waves should we encounter any. The camp to camp aspect of this trip along with the exposure to the open ocean and long open water crossings make to journey more suited to kayakers with substantial experience under their belt. If your experience is limited we suggest exploring other trips such as Wild Camp Discovery or Glacier Fjords Kayaking.


  • Experience the wilds of Iceland

  • Remote kayaking adventure to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, Jökulfirðir glacial fjords and Ísafjarðardjúp bay

  • Discover the wildlife which flocks to these regions during the summer time

  • Explore rocky coves and inlets


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Day 1 : Begin Your Kayaking Adventure

Location: Mávagarðsbryggja, Grunnavík

Accommodation: Camp

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

We meet at our base in Mávagarður C (grey building) at 7am for a briefing, where we will answer any questions and make final preparations. We depart from the harbour in Ísafjörður on our passenger ferry Bjarmi at 8am. The destination is our renovated farmhouse Kvíar which stands on the shore between the fjords of Veiðleysufjörður and Lónafjörður. Please note that your guide may already be at Kvíar with the group on Paddle in the Wild, in which case you’ll join their trip. Of course, there will be another member of staff at the office to brief you and help prepare before handing you over to the crew on the ferry who will deliver you safely to your guide at Kvíar.

We pack our boats and start paddling. Our first task is to paddle across the bay to the South side of the fjord near Höfði to get a good look at Leirufjörður fjord with the elegant Drangajökull glacier in the distance. The name Leirufjörður (e. silty fjord) explains itself when we see the clay and silt coming from the glacial river of Drangajökull. We then head along the shoreline towards Grunnavík Bay. En-route is a nice rock arch that we can pass under at high tide. There is also a good chance to spot porpoises close to the shore, especially if the sea is calm. At Grunnavík there are a few summerhouses and a nice church that we can take a look at. We set up camp, eat dinner and sleep on the beach.

Distance: 18km

Day 2 : Bay Of Ísafjarðardjúp

Location: Ísafjarðardjúp, Möngufoss (Hlíðarhús)

Accommodation: Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we head out of the Jökulfirðir glacial fjords and into the big bay of Ísafjarðardjúp. We pass many beautiful waterfalls on the way that people rarely experience since they are so inaccessible by foot. We continue along the coast of Snæfjallaströnd and camp either in the beautiful cove in Ytraskarð (20 km) or near the breathtaking Möngufoss waterfall (24 km), all depending on conditions. Campfire on the beach and watch the beautiful sunset.

Distance: 20-24 km

Day 3 : More Adventure And Then Return To Ísafjörður

Location: Æðey, Ísafjörður

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Our first stop on the last full day of kayaking is the island of Æðey. 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. The waters around the island are covered with puffins and other sea birds. Literally! After visiting the island, we do a long crossing (9 km) to the island of Vigur. The birdlife on the island is quite amazing and the farmers have raised special rock walls for the eider ducks to nest. Puffins are found all over the island. The beautiful and colourful houses are very picturesque and the small coffee house is a great place to stop and relax. We then get going again for the last leg of the trip. We paddle to the village of Súðavík, where a car will pick us up. We then make the 20 minute drive back to Ísafjörður. We arrive back in town at approximately 4pm, in time for the afternoon flight for those flying back to Reykjavík.

Distance: 22km

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary is a guide only and is subject to change depending on the weather, sea conditions and the ability of the group.

What's Included

  • Meals – Full Board

    All meals

  • Accommodation

    Camping - Tents

  • Ferry and car transfer on the first and last day

  • Kayaking gear (kayak, paddle, neoprene pants, dry top, spray skirt, life vest, paddling boots, paddling gloves and additional dry bags)

  • Fully Guided

    Professional guide

What's Not Included

  • International Travel

    and travel to and from Ísafjörður prior to and after the trip

  • Personal medical insurance

  • Personal equipment and clothing

  • Food on the first day until the trip departs

Check out our Q&As

  • Could the itinerary change?

    Yes. This itinerary is a guide only and is subject to change depending on the weather, sea conditions and the ability of the group.

  • What types of tours does Borea Adventures offer?

    We offer tours related to hiking, biking, kayaking, photography and skiing. These tours are single day experiences and multi day experiences.

  • What kind of accommodation is used/included?

    Depending on your tour, you will either be staying at one of two bases. In Hornvik, our accommodations include a basecamp mess hall where meals will be provided, as well as a lounging area equipped with a sofa, warm reflex stove and plentiful cups of tea, coffee, or juice. Sleeping arrangements in Hornvik are organised in large tents for two people. These tents come with a cot, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, pillow and woollen blanket. Please bring a sleeping bag liner and pillow case, as these items are not provided.

  • Is transportation included in the tour price?

    We do not offer transportation to and from Ísafjörður.

  • How do I get to Ísafjörður?

    Upon your arrival in Iceland, you have the option to either fly or drive to Ísafjörður in the Westfjords. If flying, you arrive in Keflavik International Airport about 40 minutes away from the capital city of Reykjavik and the domestic airport. From the domestic airport in Reykjavik there are 2-3 daily 40 minute flights to Isafjordur. For a smooth transition, you might consider taking the Flybus between the airports and can complete the journey on the same day. Check out Icelandair for schedules and offers. If driving, you can rent a car and drive to Isafjordur. The drive, over mountain passes and through fjords is an adventure itself. The journey spans approximately 440-500 km, depending on your chosen route, and typically takes around 6 hours. We strongly recommend you to spend a few extra days visiting the Westfjords and other parts of Iceland. We’re happy to help you arrange a few days in the area or give you good tips about exciting things to do while in Iceland.

  • How do I get to the starting point of the tour?

    Our office is located at Aðalstræti 17, Isafjordur and we start our multi-day hiking trips from this location. The Meeting point for our kayaking and biking trips, is at Mávagarður C close to the Eastern harbour. Across the street is our Service Center (white shipping container) where the meeting point for day trips and boat rides are.

  • How do you ensure the safety of participants?

    All of our guides undergo thorough training to effectively manage emergency situations. They are equipped to safely evacuate individuals and maintain communication with emergency first responders, ensuring a swift and coordinated response to any unforeseen circumstances.

  • Can you arrange airport transfers?

    There is a municipal shuttle service from Isafjordur Airport into the central square that operates according to the plane schedule. A seat in the shuttle cost 1,000kr.

  • Can you accommodate special dietary needs?

    Of course, we realise that we’re not all made the same and have different needs and desires. We try our best to cater to your needs. Please let us know ahead of time if you have any requirements so that we can plan the food accordingly. You can do that during the booking process.

Reviews of this operator


3 days trip with a group


Borea adventures is definitely the right choice for anyone wanting to experience Hornstrandir. They have good guides, good gear, good boats, accommodation. We enjoyed 3 days of hiking and kayaking and frequent encounters of arctic foxes. Weather in September was not very favorable to our plans, so I would recommend going there during summer. Kviar Lodge was very cosy and Runar prepared excellent meals.

Scott D Slater  



This is a superb organization, and an amazing place. Simply stunning. An experience we will never forget. Our two day trip was the highlight of our time in Iceland, and the staff of Borea went beyond expectations. We can't stop thinking about it, and I am ready to go back! It goes without saying, that Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is beyond beautiful. But, we also found the staff of Borea skilled not only in their knowledge of the area and nature, but in their understanding of people. They were very helpful in some of the challenging moments of the hikes.

Remco T.  

Hornstrandir; food, loads of flowers and birds... And fox paw prints


We booked this trip some while back from home in the hope to see the arctic fox. **spoiler** we didn't see any... Just paw prints... But it didn't really matter, we were in a small group of 4 people and the guide and perfect weather. We learned so much about the (edible) flowers, birds and the foxes in Hornstrandir. Also a bit of extra history about the place itself. Just an amazing experience. So thanks Birte(hope i got that right) for the amazing and wonderful tour!

Kipp M.  

The perfect Iceland adventure!


Wow, what a pleasant surprise! I booked a 6 day kayak tour, hoping for the best. And honestly, the best is what I got! All of the paddlers, 4 of us clients and the guide, were competent and prepared paddlers. The tour was wonderful. A combination of tent camping and staying in amazing historical and remote buildings. The setting was what I had dreamed of. Wildlife sightings were abundant. Brendan Jackson, our guide, was safe and knowledgable with out being the least bit stifling. I'd paddle with him anytime!


The Paddle in the Wild Kayak trip - beautiful, excellent and well organised


Did the 6 day (effectively 5.5 days in practice) trip over the summer and loved it. One to treasure. The guides were both very competent and full of stories, which is the right combination. The level of kayaking was well judged, with an early orientation paddle followed by a couple of easy but beautiful days, so that by the time we were doing some more exposed and bigger crossings we were all confident and rocking the open waters! Superb fun.

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