ROUTES

Bönigen to Ringgenberg

2 km 20 min – 40 min
You can hire a kayak/SUP-board from Bönigen. Ringgenberg is situated on the northern shore across the lake. Pay a visit to the beautiful Ringgenberg cliffs on your way which can be found on both sides of the village. There’s a possibility to have a walk up to the castle ruins and church which are open all year long and free access. You can climb up to the tower for a beautiful view of the lake. Bathrooms on the way up. In Ringgenberg it’s possible to launch right next to the ferry landing right by Hotel Seeburg (west of the pier). In Bönigen, public slipway in front of Hotel Oberländerhof.

Bönigen to Iseltwald Cliffs

4 km 40 min – 1 h 20 min
You can hire a kayak/SUP-board from Bönigen. Pay a visit to the magnificient Iseltwald cliffs which are also known as a great climbing and deep water soloing spot. Cliffs are situated on the southern shore of the lake 4 km from Bönigen, 2.5 km before Iseltwald. There’s a couple of beautiful hidden beaches on the way for an ideal spot for a break. In Iseltwald it’s possible to launch to the west of the ferry landing. In Bönigen, public slipway in front of Hotel Oberländerhof.

Iseltwald to Iseltwald Cliffs

2.5 km 30min – 45 min
You can hire a kayak/SUP-board from Iseltwald. Nice and easy, short paddle trip. The beautiful Iseltwald cliffs are situated on the southern shore of the lake 2.5 km west from Iseltwald. They are also known as a great climbing and deep water soloing spot. On your way back you can paddle around (launching not allowed) the Snaggeninseli or Snail Island as it’s known in English due to it’s history in the middle ages as a breeding place for snails. It is also the only island in the canton of Bern. In Iseltwald it’s possible to launch to the west of the ferry landing.

Bönigen to Iseltwald/ Iseltwald to Bönigen

6.5 km 1h – 1 h 30min
You can hire a kayak/SUP-board from Bönigen or Iseltwald and paddle which way is more suitable for your plans. You can either paddle both ways and return to your starting point or leave the kayak in the other end for a little extra charge. Pay a visit to the magnificient Iseltwald cliffs which are also known as a great climbing and deep water soloing spot. Cliffs are situated on the southern shore of the lake 4 km from Bönigen and 2.5 km from Iseltwald. There’s a couple of beautiful hidden beaches on the way for an ideal spot for a break. In front of Iseltwald you can paddle around (launching not allowed) the Snaggeninseli or Snail Island as it’s known in English due to it’s history in the middle ages as a breeding place for snails. It is also the only island in the canton of Bern. In Iseltwald it’s possible to launch to the west of the ferry landing. In Bönigen, there’s a public slipway in front of Hotel Oberländerhof.

Iseltwald to Giessbach Falls

5 km 1 h – 1 h 30 min
You can hire a kayak/SUP-board from Iseltwald and pay a visit to the beautiful Giessbach waterfalls on the southern shore of the lake 5 km from Iseltwald. The Giessbach brook tumbles in 14 stages, over a length of 500 meters and out of the high valleys of the Faulhorn area down to Lake Brienz. In front of Iseltwald you can paddle around (launching not allowed) the Snaggeninseli or Snail Island as it’s known in English due to it’s history in the middle ages as a breeding place for snails. It is also the only island in the canton of Bern. In Iseltwald it’s possible to launch to the west of the ferry landing.

Iseltwald to Brienz/ Brienz to Iseltwald

10 km 1 h 45min – 2 h 30 min

You can hire a kayak/SUP-board from Brienz or Iseltwald and paddle which way is more suitable for your plans. You can either paddle both ways and return to your starting point or leave the kayak in the other end for a little extra charge. In front of Iseltwald paddle around (launching not allowed) the Snaggeninseli or Snail Island as it’s known in English due to it’s history in the middle ages as a breeding place for snails. It is also the only island in the canton of Bern. Pay a visit to the beautiful Giessbach waterfalls between the two towns. The Giessbach brook tumbles in 14 stages, over a length of 500 meters and out of the high valleys of the Faulhorn area down to Lake Brienz. In Brienz, there is an excellent launching point from the small harbour at ferry landing with car park within 5 metres of the waters adge. In Iseltwald it’s possible to launch to the west of the ferry landing.

Brienz to Bönigen / Bönigen to Brienz through Ringgenberg

15 km 2 h 30min – 3 h 30 min

You can hire a kayak/SUP-board from Brienz or Bönigen and spend a whole day on the lake paddling from other end to another with nice stops on the way. You can leave the kayak on the other end on your arrival for a little extra charge. Paddling along the northern shore of the lake you will see the beautiful little fishing villages of Oberried and Niederried. There’s also a couple of cute hidden beaches on the way for an ideal spot for a break. West from Niederried you can find a camp site with a summer café. You will pass the gorgeous Ringgenberg cliffs and in the village it’s possible to launch right next to the ferry landing right by Hotel Seeburg (west of the pier). There’s a possibility to have a walk up to the castle ruins and church which are open all year long and have free access. You can climb up to the tower for a beautiful view of the lake. There’s a bathroom on the way. In Brienz, there is an excellent launching point from the small harbour at ferry landing with car park within 5 metres of the waters adge. In Ringgenberg it’s possible to launch right next to the ferry landing right by Hotel Seeburg (west of the pier). In Bönigen, there’s a public slipway in front of Hotel Oberländerhof.

Brienz to Bönigen / Bönigen to Brienz through Iseltwald

15 km 2 h 30 min – 3 h 30 min

You can hire a kayak/SUP-board from Brienz or Bönigen and spend a whole day on the lake paddling from other end to another with nice stops on the way. You can leave the kayak on the other end on your arrival for a little extra charge. Pay a visit to the beautiful Giessbach waterfalls on the southern shore of the lake 5 km from Iseltwald. The Giessbach brook tumbles in 14 stages, over a length of 500 meters and out of the high valleys of the Faulhorn area down to Lake Brienz. In front of Iseltwald paddle around (launching not allowed) the Snaggeninseli or Snail Island as it’s known in English due to it’s history in the middle ages as a breeding place for snails. It is also the only island in the canton of Bern. In Brienz, there is an excellent launching point from the small harbour at ferry landing with car park within 5 metres of the waters adge. In Iseltwald it’s possible to launch to the west of the ferry landing. In Bönigen, there’s a public slipway in front of Hotel Oberländerhof.

To note

Kayaks should be always lifted high up on the shore if left without survaillance (because of waves). Always watch out for the passing ferries and boats especially when crossing the lake, whilst launching and landing and when close to the ferry piers. Do not paddle inside of the areas marked with yellow buoys nor into the river Aare or river Lütschine.