For those who chose the tour from Reykjavik, the trip will start with 45 minute's drive from the capital to Hvammsvik Bay, Hvalfjordur. Travelers who plan to begin the kayaking experience from Hvammsvik will be met on the spot. You first will start by getting ready and taking the kayaking gear. After being presented with safety instructions and an introduction to paddling, you’ll bring the kayaks to the beach and start your adventure by kayaking along the Hvammsvik coast.
Hvalfjordur fjord is famous for its breathtaking nature, which can be admired by going on a few hiking trails or watching its landscape from allotted viewpoints. But nature isn’t the only thing that Hvalfjordur is known for. It also has a rich history, once even being a center of commerce. The fjord was of great significance during World War II. The British set up a few military bases in Iceland and opened a naval base in Hvammsvík. This was done to protect the west side of the country and crucial shipping lanes to North America. It was also the base for anti-submarine patrols and a place that provided safety for convoys traveling to and from Iceland.
During this time, the British build new buildings in Hvammsvík: a fuel depot, a hospital, a radio station, and barracks. Although, over time, there isn’t much left of this base, this part of history has been kept alive by local residents.
Hvalfjörður means “Whale Fjord,” so there is a slim chance for you to see one, but keep in mind that the area is rich with other wildlife: seals and seabirds, such as eider ducks, guillemots, and Arctic terns.
The kayaking should take around 1.5 hours, after which you’ll get back to the shore and continue your day at Hvammsvík Hot Springs. The place has eight hot spring pools, which reach a temperature of 37°-40°C. The hot springs are in the Atlantic Ocean, so their levels and temperature depend on the tides. The site also has a sauna, a restaurant, and a bar. You’ll have approximately 1.5 hours to relax and enjoy the hot springs before departing to Reykjavik.