Wildlife of Vigur Island | Kayaking in the Westfjords

Wildlife of Vigur Island | Kayaking in the Westfjords
The beaches of Vigur Island in the Westfjords, you have a great chance of seeing seals.
Arctic Terns are year-round residents of the Westfjords.
Admire the 16 million year old mountains of the Westfjords from the water.
The shelter of the mountains around the fjord you kayak in provides flat water for a serene adventure in the Westfjords.
Vigur Island in the Westfjords has many birds nesting on it.
The Westfjords are home to many charming Icelandic settlements.

Witness the wildlife of Vigur Island on this kayaking tour through the Westfjords. If you want to see seals, puffins, other seabirds and perhaps even a whale or dolphin while exposing yourself to stunning nature, this is the tour for you.

The excursion begins when you meet your guides and group at a cafe in Ísafjörður. Once you are all gathered, you’ll be driven forty minutes through beautiful nature to where your kayaks are waiting, at Eyri in Seyðisfjörður fjord. After getting comfortable, your guide will lead you out into the water.

You will first paddle out to the headland Folafótur. En route, you’ll keep a keen eye out for seals; the Westfjords have a high population of these adorable animals, and they are often as curious about you as you are of them. If you are lucky, you might even see a whale or dolphin; humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and even blue whales and orcas are all occasional visitors here.

At Folafótur, you will disembark, and have a pre-prepared picnic on the beach, to recharge and appreciate the nature. Once you’re ready, you’ll set out into the waters once again, this time to head to Vigur Island.

This is the second biggest island in Ísafjarðardjúp, the bay outside Ísafjörður, and home to a wealth of seabirds throughout summer. These include eider ducks, guillemots, razorbills and, of course, puffins. You will stop on the island to surround yourself with them, perfect for a photo opportunity, especially considering the lack of fear puffins have around people.

This lack of fear is especially the case on Vigur, as for generations, the farmers here have collected down from the puffins' nests in exchange for protecting them against predators.

After enjoying your time here, you’ll return to your kayaks. En route back to Ísafjörður, you’ll hug the coastline where many seals will be hauling out in a colony.

Paddle through incredible nature to see a wealth of wildlife in the Westfjords. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Sep.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Activities: Kayaking, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Cultural Activity, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Minimum age: 16 years.
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Westfjords, Ísafjarðardjúp, Ísafjörður, Vigur
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00.

You meet us at the departure location.
Aðalstræti 17, Ísafjörður
  • Guide

  • Kayak and Kayaking Equipment

  • Lunch

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes you don't mind getting a bit wet

  • Lunch and snack for the day

Good to know:

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Free cancellation
No credit card fees
No booking fees