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About Rafting Tours in Iceland

Because of the large number of glaciers in Iceland—and high levels of snow- and rainfall—there are multiple rafting rivers accessible throughout the summer months. In the southwest, tours are conducted on Hvitá river and are accessible to all skill levels, whereas, in the North, they are held on the Jökulsá river system, providing a more challenging experience. 

1. Is river rafting in Iceland dangerous?

No, Iceland’s river rapids are easily accessible for newcomers to the sport. You will also be provided with safety equipment, including helmets and life jackets.

2. Will I get wet?

Yes, most certainly.

3. Will I get cold?

Not if you dress properly. You will be rafting on glacial rivers and, therefore, it is important to wear warm thermal layers.

4. 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.

5. Is there a guide on the boat?

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.

6. Am I allowed to bring a camera on the raft with me?

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

7. Where do the river rafting tours in Iceland operate?

On West Glacial River (Jökulsárgljúfur), East Glacial River (Austari-Jökulsá) and Hvítá river.

8. What is the International Rivers Classification System?

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

9. 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.

10. Can I bring valuables onto the boat?

In theory, yes, but chances are you won’t finish the tour with them in your possession. It is always advised to store your valuables somewhere safe before the tour.


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