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Kayak Tours Stokkseyri

School groups. ½ hour (paddle) assistant on the lakeside, paddle free on a specific area in Löngudæl. Great for school groups some just want to feel free on the water and splash to each other. 2450 ISK

Robinson Crusoe. Tour 1 - 3 hour without guide. Particularly interesting possibility for families and individuals, where participants can explore by them selfs the amazing labyrinth of the swamp. Map of the area for sale at the reception. Notice that the area is absolutely safe. Adult 4950 ISK Children 6 - 14 years 1350 ISK

Challenge kayaking. 1 hour organized tour with guide. Ideal for all kind of groups of 5 to 50 persons. Paddled along Löngudæl lake and into the narrow canals of the swamp. Area that offers a relaxed mood and can challenge the team work of the group. 5600 ISK

Power Challenge kayaking. This is an organized 2 hour guided tour. The tour is ideal for groups from 5 to 50 individuals. We paddle along the lake Löngudæl into the swamp area where we paddle along the narrow canals and into the river Hraunsá and all the way to the sea. We paddle along the coastline with the ocean on one side and the skerries and the small lagoons on the other. Surrounded by the beauty of the natures diversity the lagoons are the ideal home of seals and birds. The trip ends in the harbor of Stokkseyri village. All participants must paddle close to the shore and be near the guide.
Age limit: 14 years. 9.600 ISK.

Adventure kayaking. 2 hours sea tour. Now the environment is of completely different nature. The skerries with beautiful lagoons are the home of seals and birds and the whole biota is incredibly diverse. It is very important that participants stay close to the shore with our guide. Adventure kayaking in Iceland. Amazing experience. Age limit: 14 years. 9.600 ISK

A Northern Lights Adventure you will never forget

This 1 to 2 hour guided kayaking adventure takes us through the calm water canals in the south Iceland village of Stokkseyri. With only our headlamps shining over the water, our guide will lead the way through the canals, to our destination.Then we will turn off our headlamps and look up into the sky where the aurora borealis dances overhead, mesmerizing us with their splendour. Afterwards, we return to our base silently paddling through the stillness of the night, accompanied by the cry of sea gulls and the sound of the pounding surf a short distance away. A romantic, uplifting and enchanting experience that you will not soon forget.
Winter hours: October thorugh March, (as long as the canals are not frozen)
Departure: anytime between 8pm and 1am (20:00 and 01:00) by prior
arrangementIncluded: kayak, waterproof overalls, life vest, headlamps, guide, and entrance to swimmimng pool.
Price: 8.900kr per person
Minimum number of participants : 5
Maximum number of participants: 50
age: 14 years

Access to swimming pool and hot tubs included in all tours at opening times of the swimming pool. For groups the swimming pool is always open.

Necessary equipment: Spare clothing and of course towel and swimsuit.

Extra charge outside regular opening hours. Price for 1-5 pers. 8.000 ISK. And 6-10 pers. 5.000ISK. 11+ free

Tours begin at Stokkseyri swimming pool.

Kindly do not consume alcoholic beverages before the tours. Any individual that clearly is under the influence of alcohol will be denied to participate.


Kayak Tours Stokkseyri

Heiðarbún 12a

GPS Points N63° 50' 22.057" W21° 3' 50.175"
Telephone

+354 6952058

Website www.kajak.is
Opening period All year
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Ingólfsfjall mountain

Ingólfsfjall mountain in Ölfus is 551m. Ingólfsfjall is fenced with cliffs in three ways and very steep. When the sea level was highest at the end of the ice age, it was a steep head that the waves broke down and created the steep slopes. It is connected to Grafningsfjöll with Grafningsháls. Ingólfsfjall is mainly made of palagonite with lava layers in between. Ingólfsfjall was formed in the middle of the ice age.

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A medieval ferry dock for crossing Þjórsá River.

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Knarrarósviti Lighthouse

Built in 1938-1939, the lighthouse was the first one in Iceland to be built out of reinforced concrete. The lighthouse is the tallest building in South Iceland, 26,2 metres (86 feet) high. It was designed by the engineer Axel Sveinsson as a blend of functionalism and art nouveau (jugendstil).

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Flóaáveita - canals

Flóaáveitan are canals that run through the entire Flói region, from Ölfusá in the west to Þjórsá River in the east. This monumental construction consisted of 300 km long canals and 900 km of embankments. The Flói irrigation system reached over 12 thousand hectares of land and became a major transition in farming and production in the area at the time. The construction of Flói irrigation system began in 1922 and irrigation began its activities in 1927. When the irrigation was inaugurated in 1927 it was one of the greatest structures in Europe and to this day it plays an important role in transferring water between farms. Beside the sluice gate you will find an information board with more details about the Flói irrigation system. To the east of the sluice gate is a marked hiking trail along Hvítá (about 4,4 km, one way).

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Skagaás grove

Skagás is a beautiful grove in serene surroundings. It's easily accessible and open for everyone but please take care not to leave any litter behind. Barbequing is allowed only in a specially designated area due to fire hazard.

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Fljótshólar

Believed to be the greatest panoramic site in all of Iceland.

Nature
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Hellisskógur forest

Hellisskógur is a small forest just outside of the town Selfoss. In Hellisskógur are roads and walking paths around the area and benches so visitors can relax and enjoy the area.

The cave in Hellisskógur forest was formed at a latter glacial period by sea erosion. Sea levels have been higher than now several times and signs of sea erosion can be seen on more cliffs in the area which are made of around 0, 7 - 3, 1 million year old basalt. The cave was previously used to store hay in the back and as a sheepcote in the front. It was once believed that the cave was haunted by a ghost wearing a blue scarf. The story tells of a young man who was broken hearted and hung himself in the cave using a long blue scarf.

Here is a map of Hellisskógur

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