Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Kayaking Adventure, Hofn

Explore the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in Iceland, kayaking amidst seals and breathtaking scenery with knowledgeable guide.

Overview

Embark on an unforgettable adventure kayaking in the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, considered one of Iceland's natural wonders. Throughout this small group tour, you'll have the freedom to kayak at your own pace while basking in the sight of icebergs and friendly seals. The tour concludes with a relaxing paddle back to shore, promising an unforgettable experience filled with beautiful views and wildlife encounters.

Highlights

  • Experience the thrill of small group kayaking in Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
  • Enjoy the freedom of taking photographs and paddling at your own pace
  • Get a unique up-close view of icebergs and seals away from the crowds of large boats

Know before you go

Duration
1.5 hours
Recommended for
14 years old & up
Group
Small group

What you'll do

Experience the wonder of kayaking in the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, a natural marvel of Iceland. The tour is specially designed for small groups with a maximum of 10 people. This allows for a more personalized experience and the opportunity to connect with your surroundings without any distractions.

Your kayak will be a top-notch sit-on-top model designed for stability and ease of use. Suitable even for beginners, these kayaks allow you to enjoy the experience without the worry of capsizing. As you paddle, you'll have the freedom to move at your own pace, pausing to take photos or simply soaking in the breathtaking scenes around you. Your guide will accompany you on this journey, providing witty and informative commentary about the surrounding landscape. 

The walk from the check-in point to the kayaking launching area will give you a moment to take in the mesmerizing beauty of the lagoon before embarking on the journey. Once in the lagoon, you'll have the unique opportunity to observe seals in their natural habitat. These friendly creatures are often spotted sunbathing on an iceberg or swimming around the kayaks, providing an unforgettable encounter with Icelandic wildlife. The Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is considered a natural wonder of Iceland, and its wildlife adds to the charm of this location.

Please note that a reasonable level of fitness is required for this activity. The weight limit is 120kg, and the largest available suit size is XXL. As with any outdoor activity, weather conditions can play a role in the experience. In the event of adverse weather, your safety is the priority, and the tour may be canceled with a full refund provided.

The Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon Kayak Tour is an eco-friendly way to explore nature, ideal for those wanting to minimize their environmental impact while soaking in the beauty of Iceland. The experience promises to be a highlight of your journey, providing a once-in-a-lifetime adventure amid floating icebergs and wildlife.

What's included

  • Kayak
  • Two-piece kayak suit
  • Life vest
  • Boots

Traveler reviews

13 total ratings, 10 with reviews
4.8 out of 5
Feature ratings
Quality of Experience
4.8
Guides, Drivers and Staff
5.0
Transport
4.8
Keith
Keith K.
Independence, KY | Reviewed on Sep 28, 2023
Definitely a must-do adventure. Read more

Definitely a must-do adventure.

Quality of Experience
Unique ecological environment.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
caroline
caroline G.
Livingston, NJ | Reviewed on Aug 16, 2023
Was such a great experience to kayak around the icebergs in the glacier lagoon. Very serene and beautiful. Read more

Was such a great experience to kayak around the icebergs in the glacier lagoon. Very serene and beautiful.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Ann
Ann G.
American Canyon, CA | Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023
One of the best experiences I've ever had. Kayaking amongst glaciers in this beautiful and peaceful space is an experience that I will never forget. Plume, my guide was professional, easy going, and very knowledgeable. He eased the nervousness of a few of my group members that had zero kayaking experience. Read more

One of the best experiences I've ever had. Kayaking amongst glaciers in this beautiful and peaceful space is an experience that I will never forget. Plume, my guide was professional, easy going, and very knowledgeable. He eased the nervousness of a few of my group members that had zero kayaking experience.

Tips for future travelers

Please remember to tell people that the largest wetsuit size is XXL. Two members of our group didn't go on the trip due to the sizes available in the wetsuits.

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Steve H.
Rock Hill, SC | Reviewed on Jul 14, 2023
If you are capable of kayaking, I highly recommend kayaking rather than the motorized boats. You reduce your impact on the planet. More importantly, it is a more serene and enjoyable way to spend time amongst the icebergs. Read more

If you are capable of kayaking, I highly recommend kayaking rather than the motorized boats. You reduce your impact on the planet. More importantly, it is a more serene and enjoyable way to spend time amongst the icebergs.

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Marsha
Marsha B.
Post Falls, ID | Reviewed on May 31, 2023
Very disappointed, cancelled due to wind. When is it not windy the there? Provided full refund Read more

Very disappointed, cancelled due to wind. When is it not windy the there? Provided full refund

Quality of Experience
Dave
Dave K.
Gastonia, NC | Reviewed on Oct 04, 2022

Although somewhat overcast skies, the weather provided great opportunity for photographs amongst the icebergs and seals. Our tandem kayaks were stable and easy to operate. Our tour around the lagoon was relaxed and we enjoyed our tour guide thoroughly!

Trish
Trish A.
Gastonia, NC | Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022
Once in a lifetime experience - kayaking in a glacier lagoon! With seals! Read more

Once in a lifetime experience - kayaking in a glacier lagoon! With seals!

Quality of Experience
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Bojan B.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022
One of the absolute highlights of the journey and something I have never experienced elsewhere. Just an amazing experience coupled with top-notch service. Read more

One of the absolute highlights of the journey and something I have never experienced elsewhere. Just an amazing experience coupled with top-notch service.

Tips for future travelers

Nothing other than to just say: go for it!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Nothing to improve! Guide was very clear, witty, and informative.
Transport
Not much to comment on here, as we drove ourselves to the activity and there was a walk from the check-in to the kayaking jumping off point.
Ann
Ann E.
Canton, MI | Reviewed on Jul 16, 2022
This is unquestionably a must-do experience. Kayaking is fun in lots of different locales, but kayaking around icebergs was particularly special. I much preferred seeing them -- and the seals -- up close from a kayak than I would have jammed into a large boat with lots of people. The Diamond Beach across the road from the glacial lagoon is also spectacular. Read more

This is unquestionably a must-do experience. Kayaking is fun in lots of different locales, but kayaking around icebergs was particularly special. I much preferred seeing them -- and the seals -- up close from a kayak than I would have jammed into a large boat with lots of people. The Diamond Beach across the road from the glacial lagoon is also spectacular.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Rachel
Rachel K.
Eldersburg, MD | Reviewed on Jun 03, 2022
The Kayaking in Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon was AMAZING. This tour was a true small group tour of 5-7 people (2 people arrived late and had to go on a different tour), and what we would’ve expected with a small group tour (around 10 people). Once kayaking in the lagoon, we had the freedom of taking pictures and kayaking at our own pace. We were fortunate with the weather, and seals were swimming all around us. The seals were friendly and swam up near us, a few seals were on an iceberg... Read more

The Kayaking in Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon was AMAZING. This tour was a true small group tour of 5-7 people (2 people arrived late and had to go on a different tour), and what we would’ve expected with a small group tour (around 10 people). Once kayaking in the lagoon, we had the freedom of taking pictures and kayaking at our own pace. We were fortunate with the weather, and seals were swimming all around us. The seals were friendly and swam up near us, a few seals were on an iceberg sunbathing. This was by far my favorite excursion to be up close to the beautiful icebergs and seals.

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