Dark side of Óshlíð

Kayaking tour in West fjords in Iceland
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  • Mountain side Óshlíð
  • Kayak paddling fjords
  • Bird life & seals


The old road along the shore connects the towns, Ísafjörður and Bolungarvík, was one of the most notorious roads in Iceland for decades due to avalanches and rockfall. Fortunately there is now a tunnel between the two towns that opened in 2010 but the road is still there and on good days it's great to bike the road or kayak along the shore, enjoying the peaceful rhythm of the sea while watching the birds in the sky and the seals swimming curiously near the kayaks.

We start the trip at our café in Bræðraborg where we get the gear needed for the trip. We then head down to the beach and put the kayaks on the water after a short safety briefing. First we round the headland of Suðurtangi and start paddling out the fjord. After about an hour paddle, we pass the small fishing village of Hnífsdalur and start seeing the dark side of Óshlíð that is almost always in the shadow. We make a landing on the beach beneath Seljadalur Valley and have a hearty lunch prepared by the girls at the café, while watching the birds and the seals outside the shore. We continue en route and have fun getting close to the sea stacks close to the shore and maybe feel the swell coming from the north. Next stop if conditions allow, is at the Ósvör fishing hut that was rebuilt in exactly the same style as the huts fishermen used to live in all aroud the coast of Iceland for centuries. If people want, we can end the day with a short kayak surfing session on the sand beach in Bolungarvík. That is if you're prepared to get a little wet....! On this trip we try to paddle with the wind. So, if we have a Northerly breeze, we start the trip in Bolungarvík and paddle in the other direction to Ísafjörður. 


Certified Tour Operator:

Borea Adventures


  • All year
Duration: 5-6 hours


  • Rated 3-4 out of 5 or Moderate to Challenging


  • Yes (only from Ísafjörður)

Meet on Location:

  • Yes

Minimum Age:

  • 16 years old
Price: ISK 24,900


  • Transportation
  • Delicious home-made lunch
  • Kayaking gear
  • Professional guiding

Not included:

  • Snacks & drinks

What to bring:

  • Dress warmly
  • Change of clothing is recommended

Pickup times:

  • Pickup from Ísafjörður only


  • 10:00


  • Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun from our base camp Bræðraborg at Aðalstræti 22B Ísafjörður, be there half an hour before departing time.

Good to know:

  • On this trip we try to paddle with the wind the whole time and either start in Bolungarvík or Ísafjörður depending on the wind direction. Still there might be some wind against us for a short period of time. Wind is a force of nature and we can't control it! All kayak trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. BOREA does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver befo

Special Requirements:

  • Minimum 2 person requirement

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