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Conquering Rafting Tours in Iceland

Embark on an exhilarating adventure with Iceland's breathtaking rafting tours, where untamed rivers weave through landscapes of unparalleled beauty. 

Alongside glaciers, volcanoes, and moss-covered lava fields, Iceland offers a unique and adrenaline-pumping rafting experience.

Guided by expert professionals, these tours cater to all levels of rafting enthusiasts, from beginners seeking a thrilling introduction to the sport to seasoned paddlers craving the rush of challenging rapids. 

The journey takes you through some of Iceland's most spectacular regions, showcasing its diverse terrain and pristine wilderness.

Feel the adrenaline surge as you navigate the twists and turns of cascading rivers, tackling thrilling rapids that carve their way through dramatic canyons. Along the way, catch glimpses of geothermal hot springs, vibrant flora, and perhaps even the elusive wildlife that call Iceland home.

Whether you opt for a family-friendly excursion on a calmer river or dare to conquer the intense rapids for a heart-pounding adventure, Iceland's rafting tours promise an unforgettable experience. 

Immerse yourself in the raw beauty of nature while forging lasting memories on the water, making each paddle stroke a thrilling discovery in the land of fire and ice.  

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What is the best rafting tour in Iceland?

The best rafting tour in Iceland is this family-friendly three-hour whitewater river rafting tour in North Iceland that costs around 143 USD. Experience the beautiful Icelandic nature in an exhilarating way - by rushing down a glacial river and then take comfort from a hot chocolate drink afterward.
For those seeking for a much more challenging rafting experience, check out this whitewater action in North Iceland that costs about 215 USD. Conquer the East Jokulsa River, also known as 'The Beast of the East' on this six-hour tour.

Is it worth it to take a rafting tour in Iceland?

Yes, taking a rafting tour in Iceland is definitely worth it. The country's stunning and diverse landscapes provide a unique backdrop for an adrenaline-pumping adventure, offering a thrilling combination of challenging rapids and breathtaking scenery.
Whether you're a novice or an experienced rafter, the unparalleled experience of navigating Icelandic rivers amid the country's natural wonders makes it a truly rewarding and unforgettable excursion.

What is the cheapest rafting tour in Iceland?

The cheapest rafting tour in Iceland is this family river fun rafting on the Hvita River that costs around 100 USD. Suitable for families with kids aged eight and over, you’ll navigate through the Hvita River while soaking in the breathtaking Icelandic surroundings.
Another affordable rafting tour is this river rafting tour in North Iceland, which costs about 107 USD. Paddle through Vestari-Jokulsa or West Glacial River while enjoying the beautiful rock gorges covered in luscious green flora. You can even jump off a cliff into the river to add to your adventure.

Are there tours that combine rafting with other activities in Iceland?

Yes, there are tour packages that seamlessly blend rafting with other thrilling activities. These multifaceted tours offer a comprehensive and dynamic experience, allowing participants to immerse themselves in the adrenaline of rafting and the diverse natural wonders of Iceland.
This incredible 11-hour Reykjavik whale watching and Hvita River rafting tour, which costs around 272 USD, combines the magic of whale watching and the thrill of river rafting. Also included on this tour is the excitement of jumping off a cliff and then ending the tour in a relaxing, warm sauna.
For the adrenaline seekers, take this exhilarating 10-hour ATV and river rafting combo tour with Reykjavik transfer, which costs around 343 USD. Kicking off with a pick-up from Reykjavik, you’ll start your adventure with an ATV ride alongside Lake Hafravatn, which will take you up Hafrafell mountain. In the afternoon, you’ll navigate the Hvita river, jump off a cliff, and warm up in a hot tub.

Is river rafting in Iceland dangerous?

No, Iceland’s river rapids are easily accessible for newcomers to the sport. Of course, some rivers are more beginner-friendly than others, and you can find information about that on each river rafting tour. You will also be provided with safety equipment, including helmets and life jackets.

Will I get wet while river rafting in Iceland?

Yes, most certainly. Some rivers are more beginner-friendly than others, but there's no way to get around getting wet when rafting down rapids.

Will I get cold while river rafting in Iceland?

No, not if you dress properly. You will be rafting on glacial rivers; therefore, it is essential to wear warm thermal layers, and it's not a bad idea to bring an extra pair of socks.

Do I need to know how to swim to go river rafting in Iceland?

Yes, every person participating on a river rafting tour must be a competent swimmer.

Is there a guide on the boat when river rafting in Iceland?

Yes, every boat comes with a qualified and experienced guide. Many operators also have guides paddle kayaks along the raft to keep a close eye on the group.

Am I allowed to bring a camera when river rafting in Iceland?

Yes, you are allowed to bring a camera on the raft with you. But be warned that if it’s not waterproof, it will definitely get damaged. Some operators will take tour photographs or rent out cameras.

Where do the river rafting tours in Iceland operate?

On West Glacial River (Vestari-Jokulsa), East Glacial River (Austari-Jokulsa) and Hvita river.

What is the International Rivers Classification System?

The International Rivers Classification System ranks rivers from Class 1 (easy) to Class 5 (very difficult).

What is included in a river rafting tour in Iceland?

You will be provided with helmets, life jackets, a thick wet-suit, shoes and a full safety briefing in English.

Can I bring valuables onto the boat when river rafting in Iceland?

It is up to you, but it is always advised to store your valuables somewhere safe before the tour.
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