Whitewater Action in North Iceland

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Varmahlíð
Duration
6 hours
Difficulty
Demanding
Languages
English
Available
May. - Sep.
Minimum age:
18 years old

Come along on an adventure on the East Jökulsá River, also known as 'The Beast of the East'. This challenging and rewarding river rafting tour is perfect for those who wish to spice up their holiday with an adrenaline-pumping excursion.

You'll depart from the rafting base camp at Hafgrímsstaðir in northern Iceland's Skagafjörður region. If you are travelling in the North, you can request to be picked up from the town of Akureyri for an extra fee. 

From Hafgrímsstaðir, you'll board a vehicle that will take you to the river where you'll be given all necessary rafting equipment, such as a helmet and drysuit. Your experienced guide will then teach you all about the boat and how to manoeuvre it through the rapids.

Then there is nothing left but to board the boat and rush down the river. The water will soon turn white with rapids as you move through river gorges and canyons with mossy springs trickling down the cliffs. You'll have the whitewater splashing as you manoeuvring the craft down steep drops and over turbulent waters.

This is a demanding but incredibly awarding tour. The East Jökulsá River originates in Iceland's third largest glacier, Hofsjökull, and its strong stream, thrilling whitewater, and incredible canyon scenery make it one of the country's best rafting rivers. 

After the ride, you'll get to warm yourself by the river with some light refreshments, but if you think this challenging tour will leave you wanting more, you can purchase a full meal during the booking process. 

Add an exciting twist to your Iceland vacation with this thrilling rafting tour and tackle the 'Beast of the East'! Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

All rafting equipment: drysuit, PFD, helmet, booties, gloves
Qualified, professional raft guides and safety kayakers
Transportation between the rafting base and the river
Light riverside refreshments

Activities

Rafting

Attractions

North Iceland
Austari-Jökulsá
Austurdalur

What to bring

Thermal underwear / base layers
Warm fleece top / wool sweater
Fleece pants / extra long johns
Thick wool socks / hiking socks (at least 1 pair)
Dry clothes for after the river
Any necessary medications (asthma inhalers, etc.)
Waterproof camera (optional)

Good to know

Be prepared to get wet! All clothing worn on the river should be of a material that keeps its insulating ability when wet. We highly recommend fleece, wool, and synthetic materials. Please do not wear cotton, so don't wear your jeans and favourite hoodie!

The 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!

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