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The East Glacial River

In one word... AWESOME !

This is like your favorite Disney World ride, but without a seatbelt! And just like that ride, you don't need any previous rafting experience to discover for yourself why the East Glacial River has become Iceland's signature whitewater rafting trip. The reason we are experienced professionals is so you don't have to be.

If you're scared of getting splashed by huge waves and don't enjoy excitement, this is definitely not the trip for you. However, we're pretty confident that you'll still love our Family Rafting trip!. The East Glacial River Gorge (Jökulsá-Austari) is the setting for our most action-packed and exciting rafting day tour. With spectacular deep canyon scenery and relentless heart-pumping whitewater, the East has been consistently rated one of Europe’s best rafting rivers and has topped popular guide books’ lists of "must-do's" in Iceland. One of the most remote single-day rafting trips on the planet, this whitewater adventure delivers an unforgettable journey into the untamed beauty of Iceland’s river wilderness. Combine that with a dose of adrenaline strong enough to satisfy the most powerful of cravings. For those traveling to Iceland with a thirst for adventure, this is a day tour not to be missed!.

"WHITEWATER ACTION" RAFTING DAY TRIP FROM AKUREYRI - Our Whitewater Action rafting trip is available as a day tour package from Akureyri, including return transportation and lunch. When booking online, simply select the "Lunch of the Day" and "Pickup from Akureyri" extras to build the full day tour package. Departures from Akureyri are available everyday, but due to limited seating must be booked in advance. Please contact us or drop into the Akureyri Backpackers (Hafnarstræti 98, downtown Akureyri) for more information and to reserve your pick-up. *** Pickups leave at 7:20 from Akureyri Backpackers @ Hafnarstræti 98


Price: 24.990 ISK
Departures: 9:00 daily
Duration: 6 hours
River Grade: 4+
Trip Difficulty: 4 out of 5
Minimum Age: 18
Optional Extras: Lunch of the Day − 2.500 ISK p.p.
Akureyri Transfer − 6.000 ISK p.p.
Trip Photos − 5.000 ISK

– All rafting equipment: drysuit, PFD, helmet, booties, gloves – Qualified, professional raft guides and safety kayakers – Transportation between our rafting base and the river – Riverside refreshments (food and hot drinks for East River trips, hot drinks for West River trips) – Iceland’s ultimate rafting experience!

The first thing you need to know about our trip is that we give you a DRY SUIT! This incredible piece of gear should keep you 95% dry during your rafting trip, but they will NOT keep you warm! There is nothing tropical about our river or environment. The water we will be rafting on is fed directly by a Glacier, so it’s very COLD. The key to being happy on the river is to stay warm. We strongly encourage you to bring multiple layers; tops, bottoms, and socks to keep you feeling comfortable while rafting. If you bring the correct clothing, you won’t be cold at all. What do we mean exactly? Let us explain… What to Wear on the River ⦁ Thermal underwear / base layers ⦁ Warm fleece top / wool sweater ⦁ Fleece pants / extra long johns ⦁ Thick wool socks / hiking socks (at least 1 pair) ⦁ AVOID COTTON. As you are paddling down the river you are going to sweat. When cotton gets wet, it makes you cold. ⦁ Fleece, wool, and synthetics are the best materials to wear because when they get wet, they keep your body warm. If you only have cotton, we can still make it work! WHAT ELSE TO BRING ⦁ Dry clothes for after the river ⦁ Any necessary medications (asthma inhalers, etc.) ⦁ Waterproof camera (optional) ⦁ Thirst for adventure & sense of humour! Please trust us when we say that the river can be the worst of all thieves, and that any valuables you bring with you on the raft (cameras, sunglasses, laptops, etc.), are likely to disappear to the bottom of the rapids when you are fully distracted and least expecting it. Trust us, we’ve learned our lesson too many times, and we’ll do our very best to avoid saying “I told you so”! Hide your valuables somewhere that you can find them safe and dry after your trip.

The Viking Rafting base at Hafgrímsstaðir is located on Road #752, 15km from its junction with Hwy #1 at the west end of Varmahlíð. Simply follow Road #752 up the valley for about 10-15 minutes until you see us on the left-hand side of the road! FROM REYKJAVÍK: 305km/190mi (4-hour drive). Follow Highway #1 (Ringroad) towards the North. Just after you descend a long hill into the Skagafjörður valley, Road #752 is on your RIGHT, about 500m before the centre of Varmahlíð (where the Tourist Info & N1 fuel station are located). FROM AKUREYRI: 110km/68mi (1.5-hour drive). Follow Highway #1 (Ringroad) towards the West. Continue along about 500m past the left turn in the centre of Varmahlíð (where the Tourist Info & N1 fuel station are located) until you reach Road #752 on your LEFT.

The place is very easy to found and the staff is extremely friendly. Had a bad hangover when arrived at the base...But when the boat capsized it was instantly gone :) The guides are really professional so dont worry even if you dont have any rafting experience.
Nothing bad to say really...You should definitely try this!

the rafting was realy great fun! Chirs (our guide) and the other guides that where with us on the river are very experienced. I felt safe the whole trip. had to fore myself to do the cliff jump, but it was definatly worth it! :)
thanks for the waffels and hot choc-break.
great staff, professional equipment, wilder river --> awsome rafting. Must do!