6 Best Places For Kayaking In Iceland - Updated 2024

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Sometimes you might run out of ideas on what to do on your vacation and sometimes even end up spending the day indoors. Things are different in Iceland where you can go kayaking whenever you feel like. Kayaking is one of the most preferred activities in Iceland, thanks to the vast water bodies and its ability to bring a group of friends or family together. In Iceland, you may enjoy kayaking in a number of places, including Solheimajokull Glacier Lagoon and Stokkseyri, all promising incredible time with nature. You can also stay in one of the top glamping spots and luxury cabins in Iceland. For the best kayaking experience check out our list of the best places for Kayaking in Iceland.

1. Reykjavík

Reykjavik, Iceland
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One of the best activities you can indulge in while you are in Iceland is kayaking and most probably the best place to enjoy this activity is at Reykjavik. The town is located in the coastal areas of Iceland and is rich with water bodies that can be explored on a kayak. If you have never tried kayaking, you can opt to be offered lessons by a professional at a negotiable price, and when you have mastered the art, you can test your skills at fjords or glacier lagoons. The frigidity, tranquillity, and vastness of glacier lagoons will just amaze you.

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2. Solheimajokull Glacier Lagoon (from USD 131.0)

If you are looking for a thrill, come and try out kayaking at Solheimajokull Glacier Lagoon as you enjoy the stunning scenery. At Solheimajokull Glacier Lagoon, you will get to sail through the icy waters, navigate your way in and out of the icebergs and enjoy the views of the glacier outlet. For this activity, you might be divided into small groups, ensuring that every participant can enjoy the beauty of Icelandic nature. For the beginners, professional trainers are always happy to teach you the basics of kayaking at an additional fee. Safety gadgets including lifesaver jackets are provided.

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Kayaking on the Sólheimajökull Glacier Lagoon

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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3. Stokkseyri

Stokkseyri Panorama
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Stokkseyri might be a small town but it is, without doubt, worth visiting if you are looking forward to some kayaking thrill. The area boasts various canals making it ideal for kayaking. As you kayak yourself through the narrow canals, you will be fascinated by the sights of the surrounding plants and local wildlife, which are some of the things Iceland is famous for. Apart from being an interesting activity to indulge in while exploring nature, kayaking in Stokkseyri is also a very peaceful form of entertainment. The best thing is that kayaking is considered to be safe for both adults and kids making it the best activity to enjoy with your family.

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4. Vatnajökull Glacier

Vatnajökull Glacier
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If you are looking for a way to spend your time on the island, glacier kayaking is most probably the best way to spend your time and Vatnajökull National Park is the place to enjoy it. At the national park, you will get to enjoy incomparable views of the mountains and the reflection of glaciers in the waters of Heinaberg Lagoon. During the activity, you can also choose steps on one of the icebergs and enjoy a short walk. This activity is encouraged for those who would wish to explore nature while being environmentally friendly at the same time. This activity is safe and family-friendly.

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5. Heinaberg Glacier Lagoon

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Iceland 2012. - panoramio
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At Heinaberg Glacier Lagoon, you get to try kayaking like never before. Located at Vatnajökull National Park, Heinaberg will offer you an off-the-beaten-track glacier lagoon experience like nowhere before. Heinaberg Glacier Lagoon is located approximately 20 minutes’ drive north-east off of Route 1 and features conditions that are safe for kayaking even giving you the chance of getting close to icebergs unlike most of the kayaking spots in Ireland. Please note that before taking this activity, one is required to have the necessary safety gadgets. Kayaking is the perfect activity to share with your family or a group of friends.

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6. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon (from USD 187.0)

Even if you have visited all of the kayaking spots above, you should not feel satisfied and go back home before testing the waters of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. The glacier is not famous among tourists but it features some of the most incredible sights you might ever see while kayaking. Upon reaching the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, you will love the views of the crystal clear waters, the glaciers and watching birds flying. Before entering the waters for your activity, it is always advised that you check if you have all of the safety gadgets needed. Bring your camera along, you cannot miss this photo-taking opportunity.

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Crystal Blue Ice Cave - Super Jeep From Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Duration: 3 hours

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Go kayaking in Iceland

Apart from joining adventure and hiking tours in Iceland, kayaking is also an activity you can enjoy while in the country. It is safe for both kids and beginners. If you’re yearning for a memorable experience in Iceland, consider our recommendations of places to kayak. For the best kayaking experience, check out the list above.

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Irene Mwikali is a graduate student in Kenya who has a passion for travelling and exploring the world. Currently, her love for travel has taken her to several destinations including South Africa,...Read more

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