A true 3 days wilderness kayaking adventure trip in the beautiful nature of Ísafjarðardjúp Bay. The bay is famous for its rich wildlife where you can experience the best Icelandic nature has to offer.
Are you ready for a Coastal Kayaking Adventure? Great chance to see whales, white tailed eagles, and guaranteed to spot thousands of sea birds like puffins, eider ducks, kittiwakes, razorbills, guillemots, oyestercatchers and many waders that live close to the sea shore.
We visit the islands in the bay, enjoy wild sunsets and campfires on the beach, great meals, paddling under sheer mountainsides where waterfalls cascades down the cliffs, only accessible by kayaks.
Day 1 of the kayaking adventure
Meet up at our café Bræðraborg around 08:00 in the morning for preparations and briefing. You leave the harbour in Ísafjörður on our passenger ferry Bjarnarnes at 9:00 AM. The destination is our farmhouse in Kvíar that stands on the shore between the fjords of Veiðleysufjörður and Lónafjörður. There you will meet your giude and join the group that is doing the whole six days trip. Boats and other gear that we provide, will probably already be there or you will take it with you on the passenger boat.
We pack our boats and start paddling. Our first task is to paddle across the bay to the South side near Höfði to get a good look at Leirufjörður Fjord with Drangjökull Glacier in the distance. Leirufjörður (e. Silt Fjord). The name of the fjord explains itself when we see the clay and silt coming from the glacier river of Drangajökull Glacier. We then head along the shoreline towards Grunnavík 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 Grunnavík there are a few summerhouses and a nice church that we can take a look at. Camp on the beach.
Distance: 20 km.
Day 2 of the kayaking adventure
Today we head out of the Jökulfirðir fjord system and into the big bay of Ísafjarðardjúp. We pass many beautiful waterfalls on the way that people rarely experience since they are so unaccessible by foot. We continue along the coast of Snæfjallaströnd and camp either in the beautiful cove in Ytraskarð (20 km) or by the breathtaking Möngufoss waterfall (24 km), all depending on conditions. Campfire on the beach to watch the beautiful sunset.
Day 3 of the kayaking adventure
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 while ashore. The waters around the island is 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 colorful houses are very picturesque and the small coffee house is a great place to stop by and relax. 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 or to the village of Súðavík if conditions are good, where a car will pick us up. Drive back to Ísafjörður. We’ll arrive in Ísafjörður in time for the afternoon flight for those flying back to Reykjavík. We urge you to stay at least one night in Ísafjörður 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.
Distance: 20-22 km.
This description gives only a brief overview and might be changed by the guide, depending on weather and other conditions.