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Glacier Lagoon Kayaking in Iceland

Glacier kayaking in Iceland (in the Heinaberg glacier lagoon) is a unique and unforgettable experience. The lagoon is located in the Vatnajökull National Park, with panoramic views of the beautiful surrounding mountains and glaciers. Also included in the tour is a short glacier hike in this magical area.

Meet up with your fellow tour-goers and guide 38 km west of Höfn at a place called Flatey. There, you will receive all necessary kayak equipment, such as drysuits, safety vests, gloves, etc. before starting your tour.

Heinabergslón is a secluded area, so the only ones there will be your group of maximum 16 people and your professional guide. Get up close and personal with the icebergs as you paddle in peace beneath the majestic glaciers and summit of the mighty Vatnajökull National park.

The tour is led by professional guides with great kayaking skills and a vast knowledge of the area and its history. It suits kayakers with no paddling experience and experienced paddlers alike. The kayaks are very stable and are suitable for people who are new to kayaking.

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Overview

This is a unique way to explore the wonders of Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest glacier.

Highlights

  • Small Group Experience
  • Kayaking on a Glacier Lagoon
  • Heinabergslón Glacier Lagoon
  • Vatnajökull Glacier

Glacier lagoon kayaking is the ultimate way to experience the magnificence of the world famous Vatnajökull National Park. Kayak in a calm ice lagoon surrounded by unforgettable landscape and hike in astounding settings. Through this tour, you get to explore Europe's largest glacier from all angles. This is the perfect way to tick glacier exploring off your bucket list!

This tour offers the rare possibility to go kayaking on a glacier lagoon in Iceland. At the lagoon of Heinabergsjökull, one of Vatnajökull outlet glaciers, you can become part of the environment paddling beneath the glaciated mountains on the calm lagoon and taking in the view of the majestic glaciers and summits of the mighty Vatnajökull.

We leave the crowd behind and explore the nooks and crannies of the glacier lakes as well as getting up close and personal with the icebergs. Heinabergslón is “out of the beaten path”, so there is no other traffic on the water. We will also go for a short walk on the glacier in order to get in all the great views that Heinabergsglacier lagoon and surroundings have to offer.The trip is guided by guides with a vast knowledge of the area, its history, hidden top spots – and of course kayaking. The Glacier Kayak Adventure suits kayakers with no paddling experience to experienced paddlers. Our Kayaks are SIT-ON-TOP boats, very stable and should be suitable for people who are new to kayaking.

Meeting point: The base camp is located at a place called Flatey, 38 km west of Höfn. At Flatey our guides will outfit all participants with the appropriate kayak equipment and provide additional gear. Flatey is one of Iceland´s largest dairy farm and visitors have the opportunity to take a peek inside the farm. At Flatey we also offer basic refreshments, free Wifi and bathroom facilities. On the second floor in Flatey there is a great viewpoint of the surrounding area.

GPS: 64.259151, -15.587038

  • Personal Experience

  • Trusted Tour Operator

  • Small group experience

  • Expert guides

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    • Operated by our trusted partner

When booking odd numbers; 1,3,5 etc. You use Single kayak rate

Please consider these criteria carefully before booking the tour:

This tour requires reasonable level of fitness. For safety reasons a single person kayak cannot exceed 120 kg (270 lbs)and a two person kayak cannot exceed 180 kg (395 lbs)combined weight.

Included

  • Kayak & a Licensed Kayak Guide
  • Drysuit, Safety Vest, Shoes & Gloves
  • Transportation from our Base Camp to Heinabergslón Glacier Lagoon

What to bring

  • Good thermal clothing to wear under the dry-suit that we provide. For example fleece jacket, fleece trousers, soft shell or similar hiking trousers and good socks.
  • Bring sunglasses on sunny days.
  • We offer dry cases for your cameras and/or smartphones upon request.

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MEETING POINT

Glacier kayaking is the ultimate way to experience the magnificence of the world famous Vatnajökull National Park. Join us in an unforgettable trip and enjoy unbeatable panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers and their reflection in the mirror like water of the Heinaberg Lagoon. From the lagoon you will have an excellent view over Vatnajokull and on the tour we step on one of the icebergs and take a short walk, overlooking the lagoon and surrounding area – safely equipped with the appropriate glacier gear. Heinabergslón is “out of the beaten path”, so there is no other traffic on the water. This is the tour for those who want to be environmentally friendly while exploring nature.

The trip is fully guided by guides with a vast knowledge of the area, its history, hidden spots – and of course kayaking. The Glacier Kayak Adventure suits people with no paddling experience to experienced paddlers. Our Kayaks are SIT-ON-TOP boats, very stable and should be suitable for first time kayakers as well.

Reasonable fitness is required for this tour. Oversized people can expect having problems fitting the drysuits, and therefore not being able to participate. For safety reasons participants cannot exceed 120 kg (270 lbs) in weight for single kayaks (kayak for one person) or 180 kg (395 lbs) combined weight for double kayaks (kayak for 2 persons). 

Our boats:

In all of our kayak tours we use SIT ON TOP kayaks. The boats are much wider than SIT IN kayaks and therefore much more stable. Beginners and those who have never gone kayaking before should not have a problem joining our tours.

We have single person kayaks and tandem kayaks for 2 persons.

You can choose between single person kayak or two person kayak, children age 14-16 always ride with adult person age 17+ in two person kayak.

Sours: https://www.iceguide.is/tours/glacier-kayak-adventure/
WOW! Iceland GLACIER LAGOON Kayak Around the Icebergs of Jokulsarlon \u0026 Heinabergslon

Kayaking the Glacier Lagoon in Iceland

Just about everyone has heard of Jökulsárlón, usually simply referred to as the “Glacier Lagoon”. And if you’ve visited Iceland, we’d bet money that you’ve visited this magical place. We can’t ever resist stopping by and have on every one of our trips to Iceland. But, it’s not the only glacier lagoon. In fact, just 30 minutes east of Jökulsárlón is another glacier lagoon. Hidden, tourists zoom by the Heinabergslón Glacier Lagoon in their rush to drive Iceland’s Ring Road and never know an adventure awaits: kayaking the glacier lagoon.

Heinabergslón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Icebergs calve off the Heinabergsjökull glacier tongue into the Heinabergslón Glacier Lagoon

Heinabergslón Lagoon

Vatnajökull is Iceland’s largest icecap, and it’s also one of the largest in Europe. It actually has 30 different outlet glaciers flowing from the icecap, and in the mid 1900s some glacier lagoons started forming as the glacier tongues retreated from the sea.

The most famous and one of the most spectacular sights in all of Iceland is Jökulsárlón, the glacier lagoon that formed off of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier tongue. It’s impossible to miss as you make your way around Route 1, and worth the drive out to it even if you don’t plan to circle Iceland on the famous Ring Road.

But Heinabergslón is located 8 kilometers north-east off of Route 1 down a gravel road. It’s marked by Iceland’s “place of interest” indicator road sign, but nearly every tourist in Iceland blazes right on by never knowing another glacier lagoon with floating icebergs awaits.

Jökulsárlón is actually a mix of fresh and salt water from the Atlantic Ocean flowing in to the lagoon, accelerating the melt rate of the icebergs that calve off of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier tongue. All of that makes the icebergs in Jökulsárlón much more prone to flipping over at any time, and they do flip constantly.

Just stand in the pitch dark trying to photograph the Northern Lights at Jökulsárlón, and you’ll hear just how much the ice moves and cracks. It’s a bit eerie when your hearing is heightened because you can’t see anything.

The danger of flipping icebergs is precisely why kayaking tours aren’t offered at Jökulsárlón. Zodiac tours, which let you get fairly close to larger icebergs, are offered, but the zodiac pilots are out on the glacier lagoon constantly to be very well acquainted with the ice.

It’s simply not safe to take a group of kayakers, many who will be novices, out among the unstable icebergs at Jökulsárlón.

Heinabergslón, however, is a fresh water lagoon with just a river flowing in to it. There’s still a surprising current created by the icebergs and calving Heinabergsjökull glacier tongue, but the icebergs are much more stable with huge bases. Almost like upside down mushrooms floating in the lagoon.

The conditions are excellent and safe for kayaking, allowing you to get up close to icebergs in a way you can’t most other places.

Kayaks at the Heinaberg Lagoon, Iceland

Heinaberg Lagoon is tucked hidden away 8 kilometers from Route 1

Heinabergslón Lagoon Glacier Kayak Adventure

The company Iceguide runs a glacier kayak adventure tour from June through September.

We met our Iceguide kayak guide at their base camp at Flatey, one of Iceland’s largest dairy farms (and you can take a peek inside if you like). At the base camp, we were suited up with dry suits, waterproof boots and gloves since the water in the glacier lagoon is just above freezing.

Our group piled in to two Super Jeeps for a bit of a bumpy ride the 8 kilometers out to Heinabergslón, which takes around 20 minutes.

Once at the glacier lagoon, we finished suiting up in the dry suits by pulling them over our heads and zipping them up. Ladies, make sure your hair is tied back because it’s inevitable that you will lose at least a few strands while pulling a dry suit over your head.

Getting instruction on how to properly hold the paddle

Our guide instructs us on how to properly hold the paddle

There’s a short 5-minute downhill hike to the glacier lagoon’s shore, where our guides gave us instruction on the proper way to hold the paddles, get in the sit-on-top kayaks and what to do in the unlikely event one of us managed to flip our kayak.

Kayaking the Glacier Lagoon Iceland

Kayaking between some of the smaller icebergs

Tim and I have kayaked a lot of places, including in the Westfjords in Iceland. But I found it hard and got frustrated quickly with kayaking in the iceberg lagoon. Less than 10% of an iceberg’s mass is visible above the water, and I found myself beached often.

Kayaking the Glacier Lagoon Iceland

Our guides would land and scout the best route between the icebergs

I paddled in a single kayak. The pairs in double kayaks definitely had it a bit easier. There were quite a few places where our guides had us line up, then paddle with all our might to get some speed going so our kayaks would glide more easily over ice just below the surface.

All that frustration at getting stuck on ice was quickly forgotten as I took in the scenery. We weaved the kayaks between icebergs, sometimes in little channels so narrow we had to paddle single file.

Talk about feeling small, as pieces of ice that had calved off the glacier towered all around us. And aside from the odd car that found its way down to the lagoon, we were the only ones for miles. Incredible doesn’t begin to describe it.

Landing on an iceberg

The best part was landing on and exploring an iceberg

The best part of the glacier kayak adventure was yet to come. We actually landed on and explored an iceberg.

After our guides helped us bring our kayaks securely up on an iceberg, we were given ice grips that slipped easily over our boots so that we could walk around. And our guides used an ice axe to make steps for us on the steeper parts so that no one would slip and fall.

One of the guides off in the distance gives scale to just how massive this iceberg was

One of the guides off in the distance gives scale to just how massive this iceberg was

The guides scout and try to land on various icebergs, making each kayak adventure tour unique. It’s also a bit more fun for the guides when they’re out on Heinaberg Lagoon so frequently during the season.

Exploring an ice cave

Can you spot one of our guides chiseling out steps up to the moraine for us?

The ice is always changing as the icebergs calve off Heinabergsjökull and then melt down. About a month previously, the guides had found an ice cave. At the time they found it, you couldn’t even stand up straight inside it.

Exploring an ice cave

The moraine had been rapidly melting, giving us all ample room inside it

Technically a moraine, our guides thought it would probably melt and no longer be a feature of the iceberg within a couple more weeks. We all felt incredibly lucky to walk inside the moraine, look at the cracks that had formed when the glacier itself formed and bask in the soft shades of light from the blue ice.

Posing in the ice cave

Posing in the moraine

We each had time to pose for a photo inside the moraine, before we had to make our way back to our kayaks.

It was sadly time to paddle back toward the Super Jeep’s we’d left on the hill, our time on the Heinabergslón just about up.

What to Bring and How to Dress for Kayaking the Glacier Lagoon

Iceguide base camp has a limited number of dry bags in both phone size and larger for stashing cameras and few belongings for you to borrow during the tour, though we always suggest packing your own dry bag for Iceland.

Even in the Icelandic summer, you want to dress in layers since the wind can be brutally cold and cut right through you. We happened to be blessed with a rather warm (for Iceland) day with almost no breeze. One layer with a long sleeve shirt, waterproof pants and wool socks was plenty under the dry suit for us, since you warm up quite quickly from paddling.

You just have to judge based on the weather, and you know how much you warm up from activity. You can leave extra layers in the Super Jeep once you reach the glacier lagoon, and if you think you’ll be cold it’s better to have the extra layers than not.

The gloves provided were a bit too big for me, so I didn’t wear them and my hands were a bit cold by the time we paddled back up to the shore. The day was warm enough, so I didn’t bring my own gloves and could have used a light pair like these touch tip gloves that still allow you to use your phone or camera easily.

Know Before You Go

Getting ThereGlacier Kayak Adventure
You must meet at the Iceguide Base Camp, which is located 38 kilometers west of Höfn. Use the GPS coordinated 64.259151, -15.587038.
Glacier Kayak Adventure is available June – September twice daily at 9am and 1:30pm. The tour lasts 3 hours, with approximately 2 hours kayaking and exploring an iceberg. Kids must be a minimum of 12 years of age and ride with an adult in a double kayak.

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Kayaking iceland glacier

Overview

Kayaking on Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is a great way to experience the famous Vatnajökull National Park. Our Jökulsarlon kayak tour will give you a panoramic and unforgettable view of the stunning landscape surrounding the lagoon.

Highlights

  • Small group experience
  • Kayaking on a glacier lagoon
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier
  • Vatnajökull Glacier

This kayak trip on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon will take you paddling on the iceberg filled ice lagoon. You will be totally spellbound by the drama and sheer beauty of this ice wonderland as you glide across the surface of the calm waters. Threading your way between unbelievably shaped, and often huge icebergs, you will discover places which cannot be seen any other way. This is a meet on location tour.

  • Personal Experience

  • Trusted Tour Operator

  • Small group experience

  • Expert guides

Level EasySuitable for most people in fair condition.

Departs From Jökulsárlón

    • No booking fees
    • Fast & secure payment
    • Best Price Guarantee
    • Operated by our trusted partner

When booking odd numbers; 1,3,5 etc. You use Single kayak rate

Please consider these criteria carefully before booking the tour.:

This tour requires reasonable level of fitness. For safety reasons a single person kayak cannot exceed 120 kg (270 lbs)and a two person kayak cannot exceed 180 kg (395 lbs)combined weight.

Included

  • Double Kayak and paddles
  • Licensed Kayaking Guide
  • All necessary equipment (drysuit, safety vest, shoes and gloves)

What to bring

  • Warm layers
  • waterproof top layer
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Sturdy shoes

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Information

This kayaking tour is equally suitable for beginners and experienced paddlers. Very stable SIT-ON-TOP boats are used, these are very suitable for first time kayakers. You qualified kayak guide has first-rate knowledge of this glacial wonderland and will share with you some fascinating facts about its nature, history and wildlife. It does, though, have to be said that the stupendous glacial lagoon vistas will paint a far more mesmeric picture than words ever could!

Imagine paddling across the calm, deep waters of the lagoon, weaving in between the crazily shaped icebergs which fill the lake. Glaciated peaks sit high on the horizon, and the icecap of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe, looms like a giant ice dome above you. Seals are sometimes seen playing between these amazing natural ice sculptures, as seabirds soar overhead. The whiteness of ice dominates the color palette around Jökulsárlón, however, you will see surprisingly bright blue tones too, caused by ice compression. Some icebergs display gray shadows slicing through them, these ash layers are the rather beautiful ‘scars’ left by volcanic eruptions.

Jökulsárlón has been the settling for a few famous Hollywood movies, witnessing the sensational vistas for yourself from the peace of the water, you may feel as though you are within a surreal film set. In a way you will be. Viewing Jökulsárlón from any angle is truly out of this world - seeing it from a kayak on the mirror-like surface of the ice lagoon is incredibly stupendous. No visitor to Iceland should miss out on this unique opportunity - you have to take this tour.

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