From the joy of a family-friendly paddle to the ultimate thrill of the whitewater experience, rafting tours provide unforgettable adventures in which you ride along one of Iceland's excellent rapid rivers in the company of world-class rafting guides.
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Frequently asked questions
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.