midnightSUN2016

Midnight Sun River Festival 2016


Midnight Rafting on the East Glacial River − June 17th, 2016 @ 20:00

Welcome to the world's wildest midnight whitewater rafting trip! We don't know that for a fact, but we're pretty damn confident that you'll agree... and to the lawyers representing inferior midnight rafting trips: we'd be honoured if you joined us too!

This is a midnight version of our already kick-ass Whitewater Action trip! We run a special overnight trip on the longest Friday of the year to celebrate the endless arctic summer sun, just because we can! This trip usually sells out, so be sure to book here if you're interested in being a part of this year's celebration (simply select the 20:00 departure for the June 24th Whitewater Action trip).

Our 2016 Midnight Rafting trip also happens to fall on Iceland's independence day. What better way to celebrate than watching a few Danish rafters fall overboard?!

Fire & Ice Creek Race (and the rest of the fest!)

This summer, we have taken the Midnight Sun River Festival to the next level and beyond! The program for this action-packed summer solstice weekend includes all the favourite events and activities from previous years, and of course the second annual FIRE & ICE CREEK RACE, Iceland's first-ever Red Bull sponsored international kayaking. With competition prizes, raffle prizes, and a lineup of live music, bonfires, camping, good food and drink, and a gathering of great people, we hope to see you at Iceland's one and only outdoor adventure festival!

As usual, the festivities kick off on Friday evening in true adventurous style with an overnight rafting trip down the legendary canyon section of Jökulsá-Austari (East Glacial River) where we take on all the same world-class rapids and stunning scenery that most only get to do by day. Saturday takes us to Öxnadalsá (on Highway #1, 35km west of downtown Akureyri), for the roadside competitions of the FIRE & ICE CREEK RACE, the first "extreme" whitewater race of its kind in Iceland.

Created by paddlers and open to everyone, this event is dedicated to kayakers, travellers, locals, spectators, and anyone who appreciates a good splash of adventure, likes to celebrate the beauty of our great outdoors, or is simply searching for the wildest way to worship the midnight sun on the longest day of the year!

2016 Schedule

June 17th, 20:00 Midnight Rafting on the East Glacial River
June 18th, 12:00 Fire & Ice Creek Race (Kayak & Raft) on Öxnadalsá (35km west of Akureyri, right on Hwy #1)
June 18th, 19:00 BBQ, live music with REFUR, raffle prizes, bonfire @ Viking Rafting's Whitewater Bar