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We offer kayaking activities both from Reykjavik and meet-on-location at various locations around the country. Sea kayaking, glacier lake kayaking and much more. Browse our selection here below.



About Kayaking in Iceland

A kayaking adventure is a perfect way to spend your day in Iceland and collect some memories that will last a lifetime. Suitable for both novice and experienced paddlers, kayaking day tours are available to every type of adventure seeker.

two kayaks in Iceland

What is Kayaking?

Kayaking is a water-based activity that takes place in a narrow, pointed boat called a kayak. The kayaker’s lower body is submerged inside the boat, while the upper body is exposed, allowing them to propel themselves through the water using a double-bladed paddle. The kayak’s small size and maneuverability make them ideal for exploring a wide range of different waterways.

Types of Kayaking

Kayaking can be divided into two subcategories: 

Flatwater Flatwater kayaking takes place on calm waters with little to no current. It’s the easiest kind of kayaking and is often combined with another activity like sightseeing or fishing. Flatwater kayaking is not very physically demanding and can be done by people with no previous kayaking experience. 

Whitewater Whitewater kayaking takes place on moving waters with some kind of current. Typically, this would be a whitewater river, although it can be found in other places. It’s considered to be more dangerous than flatwater kayaking and is usually not combined with other activities. Previous kayaking experience is best depending on the difficulty rating of the whitewater rapids. 

Kayaking on Glacier Lagoons

Kayaking on a glacier lake is a truly extraordinary paddling experience. Drink in panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers while carefully maneuvering through natural ice sculptures. There are very few places in the entire world where you can kayak in such a spectacular environment!

kayaking next to a glacier

Paddling on a glacier lagoon will show you a different side of glaciers that you’d never be able to imagine while standing on the shore. A great example is Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, near the largest glacier in Europe in Vatnajökull National Park. Paddle on calm waters and enjoy the sight of Vatnajökull Glacier rising up from the horizon. This tour provides countless picture-perfect sights. Among them is the famous black-sand Diamond Beach dotted with bright blue chunks of ice. Another picturesque sight is the mighty Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, the source of the icebergs found in Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.

Kayaking around Heinaberslon Glacier Lagoon

Combine glacier kayaking with other activities at Vatnajökull National Park. Choose from a glacier hike or visit a crystal ice cave and enjoy an activity-packed full day trip, or an exciting multi-day adventure!

Sea Kayaking in Iceland

Sea kayaking is a relaxing, meditative activity. All you have to do is sit back and slowly glide on top of the clear, calm waters while enjoying the sights of sea birds and the sounds of their chirps and songs. You may even catch a glimpse of local seals as they occasionally peek up from the glassy water.

Kayaking around small islands in the west

If you’re looking to get away from the buzz of busy city life, our sea kayaking tour from Reykjavik is your great escape. During this trip, you’ll paddle on Geldinganes in a traditional closed-up sea kayak. Perfect for beginners, you’re highly unlikely to get wet as our kayaks are safe and easy to navigate. Simply relax and enjoy the sea’s everlasting peace and quiet. There's even an opportunity to combine this kayaking trip with a relaxing soak in Hvammsvík Hot Springs.


Still got questions about kayaking? Find the answer here!

Warm outdoor clothing is well recommended, for example, a fleece or wool sweater and pants. It is also a good idea to bring a change of clothing and swimwear.

There is no prior kayaking experience required for the tours as our professional guides will teach all the technique on location.

All of our kayaking tours are listed at a level easy or moderate so most people should be able to do the tour. Just bear in mind that the activity is an outdoor nature activity so some physical strength is needed.

Top of the line plastic sea kayaks is used on all of our kayaking tours.

Our kayaks are very stable and easy to use.

Of course, they can tip over, although they are very stable and it happens rarley. If they tip over the guide has the necessary equipment and ability to quickly tip them over again.

Do not worry if your kayak tip over as all participants get life jackets and neoprene suits so they will stay warm even if they fall in.

You don’t need to be able ‘’swim’’ while kayaking, although we recommend that you can. People that can’t swim tend to panic when they are in the water. You must be comfortable with floating in the water.