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Kayak the remote coastline of Iceland's West Fjord's and be amazed by the area's rugged beauty.
This six-day kayaking journey offers an amazing chance to experience the best of both worlds; the wild fjord system of Jökulfirðir (Glacier Fjords) and the coastline of Ísafjarðardjúp Bay. These areas are considered to offer the best sea kayaking in Iceland. Starting out in the Kvíadalur Valley, paddle along spectacular coastline and across the fjords of Hesteyrarfjörður and Veiðileysufjörður. Spend two nights at the only house in Kvíadalur Valley, the farmhouse was built in 1921 and lived in until the family moved away in 1948 seeking easier life in Ísafjörður. Enjoy a nice dinner and head for the warm and cozy sauna that's situated next to the house.
Continue on paddling through Leirufjörður & Jökulfirðir fjords and spending endless summer nights camping on the beach. Experience the island of Æðey, only inhabited by a single family in the summer months, it is also covered in nesting puffins and other sea birds.
Meet up at café Bræðraborg around lunchtime for preparations and briefing. From there make your way to the boat for a departure at 16:00 from Ísafjörður harbour Hesteyri in Hornstrandir. Take an exploratory paddle into the fjord to enjoy the nature to the fullest. Birds, seals and rich history is around every corner. The first destination is the old ruins of a whaling station in Hesteyrarfjörður, a short distance from Hesteyri and continue into the fjord and get to know your boats.
Overnight: Doctor's House
After a hearty breakfast, pack the boats and start the voyage of the day to Kvíar Farmhouse in Kvíadalur Valley. The route will take you along spectacular coastline and across the fjords of Hesteyrarfjörður and Veiðileysufjörður. There is a good chance to see both whales and white tailed eagles in the cliffs along the coast. Land on the beach beneath the farmhouse in Kvíar and make yourself at home. The farmhouse is the only house in the valley and was built in 1921 and lived in until the family moved away in 1948 seeking easier life in Ísafjörður. Enjoy a nice dinner and head for the warm and cozy sauna that's situated next to the house.
Overnight: Kvíar Farmhouse
Distance: 9 miles
Leave most of the gear in the farmhouse and go for a beautiful paddle into Lónafjörður Fjord, which by many people is the most beautiful fjord in Iceland. Totally unspoiled with no sign of human presence. The fjord is a haven for birds and a huge seal colony can be found in the small bay of Sópandi. Follow the whole coastline and enjoy a long day paddling. Back to the farmhouse for sauna to sooth sore muscles and tasteful dinner.
Overnight: Kvíar Farmhouse
Distance: 11 - 12 miles
Leirufjörður Fjord & Grunnavík Bay
Pack the boats in the morning and leave Kvíar. The 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. Head along the shoreline towards Grunnavík Bay. En-route is a nice rock arch to 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.
Overnight: Camp on the beach
Distance: 12 miles
Bay of Ísafjarðardjúp
Today you'll head out of the Jökulfirðir fjord system and into the big bay of Ísafjarðardjúp. Pass many beautiful waterfalls on the way that people rarely experience since they are so unaccessible by foot. Continue along the coast of Snæfjallaströnd and camp either in the beautiful cove in Ytraskarð (12 mi) or by the breathtaking Möngufoss waterfall (15 mi), all depending on conditions. Campfire on the beach to watch the beautiful sunset.
Island of Æðey
The 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. After visiting the island, cross (6 mi) 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. Depending on weather, you'll paddle about 4 mi to Hvitanes or to the village of Súðavík if conditions are good, where a car will pick us up. Drive back to Ísafjörður. Arrive in Ísafjörður in time for the afternoon flight for those flying back to Reykjavík. Borea Adventures urges 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: 14 - 15 miles
A note on the itinerary
This description gives only a brief overview and might be changed by the guide, depending on weather and other conditions.
Borea Adventures founded in 2006 offers silent adventures off the beaten track in the Westfjords of Iceland and specialises in ski touring, sea kayaking, hiking and wildlife trips, using qualified and fun staff to keep you safe and enjoying every moment of your trip.
My wife and I had an amazing trip with Borea last week and spent 6 days and 5 nights on their Paddle in the Wild kayak trip. Our guides were young, energetic, safety-conscious, and engaged, our gear was great, our food plentiful and delicious, the scenery amazing, and our logistics were solid.
The week long kayaking trip is a magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience that is definitely worth doing with Borea because it is the only company with access to the beautifully isolated and cozy Kvìar farmhouse which is a cozy little haven from the temperamental weather. The views and remoteness of this region make it worth the effort and occasional discomfort you will experience from icy winds and rain. Our guide Ronja was good value, hard working and whipped up some great meals during the camping phase of the trip. This is a seasoned and professional outfit. The gear and kayaks are high quality but would benefit from regular servicing to ensure rudders and skegs are in good working order. Great trip!
The West Fjords are home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in Iceland. In this area, Hornstandir is the most remote and breathtaking. Experiencing the remote fjords by kayak is unreal. Runar knows the area extremely well and his knowledge & experience is essential to anyone looking to come away with a complete experience.
Thanks again Runar for making the adventure possible, definitely the best trip I've had in Iceland!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is my departure guaranteed? What is the maximum group size?
Please note there is a minimum of 4 guests per departure date. Do not make travel arrangements until you have received confirmation from Borea Adventures.
The maximum group size is 8 guests.
What is the best way to get to the start location?
There are two flights a day from the domestic airport in Reykjavik to Isafjordur. Check www.airiceland.is for availability.
It's also feasible to hire a car, especially if in a small group. There are numerous car rentals in Iceland. The drive is about 280 miles and takes about six hours when driving normally and making few short stops on the way. The roads are kept open every day in the winter unless the weather is very bad.
What are the accommodations like?
Accommodations are one night in the Doctor's House in Hesteyri, a village that was abandoned in the fifties. This is a dormitory style house.Two nights in Kviar are spent at a farmhouse built in 1921 and was abandoned in 1948. It stood empty until 2012 when Borea Adventures started rebuilding the place. It's now in a good shape to host explorers and adventurers looking for cool experience in the wild nature of Iceland. There are six sleeping rooms with 2 - 4 made up beds. There is good heating system, running water both hot and cold and shower facilities.
Additional nights are spent camping on the beach.
Can solo travelers get their own accommodations?
Borea Adventures tries to give solo travelers a private room and can usually accommodate them. There is no supplemental fee but Borea cannot promise private rooms all the time.
What is the food like?
Borea Adventures takes great pride in the food they serve and try to introduce guests to local ingredients like lamb, good fish and we pick mussels from the beaches etc. Dietary restrictions can also be accommodated. Breakfast is normally Nordic style and guests then make lunch and grab some snacks for the day. The guides then cook 2-3 course dinners like fried arctic char, lamb barbecued in the ground, pasta meals with salad etc.
What should I pack?
Remember that the less you bring, the easier it gets. There is plenty of space in the kayaks if you pack wisely.
Thermal underwear, at least two sets of tops
Wool or fleece thermal mid layer
Hiking pants (no cotton)
Waterproof/breathable pants and jacket
One pair of gloves
2 to 3 pairs thick wool/synthetic socks
Light shoes for strolls in and around camp
Sleeping bag. Summer rated to at least 0°C. Down is best since it packs better than synthetic
At least two dry bags for your personal gear
Paddling gloves or mittens
Kayak shoes/sandals or boots
Thin neoprene socks
Swim suit and towel
1 liter water bottle
Should I purchase travel insurance? If so, do you have a recommended provider?
Travel insurance is required. It allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, and/or theft or accidental damage while traveling. The Clymb Adventures has partnered with World Nomads to offer flexible, best-in-class insurance options tailored to your specific needs. Instant quotes available here: World Nomads Travel Insurance
Can I cancel the trip?
You may cancel reservations up to 72 hours after the booking is made. After that time period, all modifications/cancellations will be granted solely at the discretion of Borea Adventures. Cancellation processing fees may apply.
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