On this incredible tour, we will glide across the icy-blue waters of the lagoon that is nestled just beneath the mighty Sólheimajökull Glacier by the South Coast of Iceland. The day begins at our camp in the parking lot area, where your friendly guide will provide you with all the equipment that you need and give you a short safety briefing. The guides will be with you all the time, so this tour is perfect for both experienced kayakers and beginners. Then once everyone is ready and familiar with the equipment, we will paddle out onto the beautiful calm waters for an unforgettable experience that everyone is bound to enjoy.
There is nothing quite like kayaking on a glacial lagoon: the water is stunningly clear, icebergs that have broken off the glacier glide across the surface, glimmering like jewels, and the tranquillity of the scene is enhanced by the trickle of water as it melts away from the main body of ice. We will pick our way through this ever-evolving icy landscape, with the peacefulness of the lagoon in stark contrast to the mighty body of ice that is Sólheimajökull.
The Sólheimajökull Glacier is an outlet glacier, which unfurls like a tongue from the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, one of the largest in Europe. It is famous for its crevice ridden surface that is always changing, making it a favorite amongst hikers and adventure seekers. Kayaking beneath it is the perfect way to explore it from a totally different angle and will give you a profound new insight into the majesty and power of Mother Nature.
Meeting point: Solheimajokull parking lot, located by Solheimajokull Glacier. Take road #221 from road #1, turn left if you are traveling from the West (e.g. Reykjavik) and turn right if you are traveling from the East (e.g. Vík). See the map with directions below.
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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.
Yes, all of our kayaking tours are operated by experienced and certified professional 4-star BCU sea kayak guides.