Rafting en famille dans le Nord de l'Islande
Une sortie rafting en famille sur la rivière Vestari Jokulsa "la rivière Ouest du glacier".
L'aventure débute à la base de rafting d'Hafgrimsstadir située à 110 km/ 70 miles soit environ 1h30 de route d'Akureyri et de 305 km/190 miles de Reykjavik soit 4h de route. Depuis la base, il y a seulement 15 minutes de route pour rejoindre la vallée de Vesturdalur et le canyon.
En plus du rafting, vous pouvez débuter une bataille d'eau, vous baigner, boire un chocolat chaud tout en vous relaxant dans une source chaude et en profitant des vues exceptionnelles sur les environs.
Tout l'équipement est fournis ainsi que des rafraîchissements et le transport depuis et pour la base de rafting d'Hafgrimsstadir.
Portez des vêtements chauds et légers comme de la laine, polaire ou d'autres matières isolante (pas de coton), des chaussettes chaudes et des vêtements de rechange pour être au sec après votre session rafting. L'âge minimum est de 6 ans accompagné d'un adulte.
Rendez-vous à la base de rafting d'Hafgrimsstadir à 15h. Plusieurs options de transport sont disponibles. Contactez-nous pour plus de détails. Offrez-vous une aventure à la rivière Vestari Jokulsa! Cliquez sur "choisir une date" pour vérifier la disponibilité.
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- Disponible: Mai. - Sep.
- Durée: 3 heure(s)
- Activités: Rafting
- Difficulté: Facile
- Âge minimum: 6 ans
- Langues: English
North Iceland is very popular area in Iceland and contains some of the best attractions on the island. Akureyri is the capital of North Iceland and is the second largest "city" in Iceland. Around 20.000 people live in North Iceland.
The North coast has four major fjords (or bays) with mountain ridges between them and each of the fjords has corresponding agricultural districts.
More attractions in the amazing Thingeyjasysla are mentioned below. Note that the first three areas are geologically speaking ancient formations, while Thingeyjasysla is recent and full of volcanic activity, young lava fields and tuff mountains.
In Eyjafjörður is the capital of the North, Akureyri with 17.000 inhabitants. It is a very charming town and highly popular with travelers, so we advise you not to miss it. Many cruisers land in the port of the town.
The older part of Akureyri is particularly worth a stroll. If you like skiing or snowboarding, one of the best skiing sites in the country is located nearby.
We also recommend the botanical gardens there, fine restaurants and many interesting museums, such as Davidshus and Nonnahus, dedicated to the memory of poet David Stefansson and Jon Sveinson, author of the Nonnabaekur ('Nonni’s books').
Not far from Akureyri is the unique turf framhouse of Laufas, a museum and a prime example of the old architecture and farmlife. Also not far from Akureyri are the submarine geothermal silica cones of Strytur, a natural wonder and an excellent place for a dive.
One of Iceland's most beloved poets, Jonas Hallgrimsson was born in Eyjafjordur, at the farm Hraun in Oxnadalur valley and the knife-edged lava peaks there are particularly stunning. Also essential when traveling in the area is the beautiful and peaceful island Hrisey, often called 'The Pearl of Eyjafjordur'.
Siglufjordur has the distinction of not falling under the regular four part division, as it straddles the border of Eyjafjordur and Skagafjordur. Here we highly recommend the herring era museum and the folk music museum. Indeed, Siglufjordur hosts an annual folk music festival that is truly worth experiencing.
Among major attractions in Hunathing are the Regional Museum at Reykir in Hrutafjordur, the Seal Watching Center at Vatnsnes and the Arnarvatnsheidi heath, with a large numbers of ponds and lakes full of trout.
In Skagafjordur, the largest town of which is Saudarkrokur, we particularly recommend the historical bishop’s seat of Holar and the agricultural university there, the Glaumbaer museum, and Drangey island.
Near Myvatn is the chaotic lava field Dimmuborgir, a truly amazing sight (and paid homeage to by the Norwegian Black Metal band of the same name).
Husavik is the whale watching capital of the North so don’t miss that one either.
The Jokulsargljufur National Park is home to some of Iceland's most beloved natural attractions, Holmatungur, Hljodaklettar and the Asbyrgi canyon. In the river Jokulsa a Fjollum is Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss.
At the Melrakkasletta peninsula you can see fascinating birdlife and there is good trout fishing to be made there. Seals may be sighted as well as whales off the coast. The vegetation is rich and this is an ideal place to enjoy the midnight sun. Northern lights may also be spotted from late August to early April.
Far north, straddling the Arctic Circle is Grimsey island, the northernmost inhabited territory of Iceland, with a population of about 100 people. It is renowned for its fishermen, its rich vegetation and birdlife.
Skagafjordur is a fjord in North Iceland. Saudarkrokur is its largest village. Skagafjordur district has strong agriculture and a rich history. Five of the largest battles in Icelandic history were fought there in the 13th century civil war.
Islands & Cape
There are three islands in the fjord, Drangey, Malmey and Lundey. Foremost of these is the steep Drangey island, shaped like a fort and rich with birdlife. For 19 years it was the refuge for the outlaw Grettir Asmundarsson of Grettis Saga fame.
Thordarhofdi may resemble an island when seen from afar but is actually a cape, the remnants of an old volcano. The cape has beautiful rows of columnar basalt, best seen from the sea.
History, Culture & activities
An old renovated turf farm house is to be seen at Glaumbaer museum, giving a good sense of the rural life of 18th and 19th century Iceland. Gudridur Thornbjarnardottir is said to have lived there, the first European mother on American ground.
North Iceland was a bishop’s district of its own and the bishop’s seat was at Holar in Hjaltadalur valley in the east of Skagafjordur. Holar today features an agricultural university, and is the seat for an ordaining bishop, who is a woman.
Skagafjordur district has some of the best rafting rivers in the country, so rafting there is highly popular, as well as horseriding. So is horseriding. Indeed, the culture of Skagafjordur is characterized by horse-riding, tenor singing and enjoying life.
Vestari Jokulsa, a.k.a. Jokulsa vestri ('West Glacial River') is a glacial river in Skagafjordur. It is a highly popular river for rafting.
The river starts at the north-west of the glacier Hofsjokull as many rivulets that join, and fall to the north. The river runs through a relatively level area, then on through Throngagil canyon and through a narrow valley until it joins up with Hofsa river further north-east, in Vesturdalur valley. After that the river runs through the valley and joins with the glacier river Austari Jokulsa, itself one Iceland's most popular rafting rivers, and thereafter the rivers are known as Heradsvotn.
The Hafgrimsstadir base camp is located about 15 km from the river. Tours are organised from the camp for both West and East Jokulsa.
Vesturdalur is a green and lush mountainous valley in Skagafjordur, cutting deep into the mid highlands. The place is a popular campsite.
The river Hofsa runs through the valley and joins the glacier river Jokulsa Vestri (a.k.a. Vestari Jokulsa), one of Iceland's most popular rafting rivers. Vesturdalur has a few farms and an charming church, built in 1904. Traveling poet Simon Dalaskald is buried in the churchyard.
Heure de départ : 15:00
Hafgrímsstaðir, Skagafjörður, Nord de l'Islande
Equipement de rafting : combinaison sèche, gilet de sauvetage, casque, chaussures d'eau et gants
Guides de rafting professionnels et qualifiés et des kayaks de sécurité
Transport entre la base de rafting et la rivière
Rafraîchissements le long de la rivière (nourriture et boissons chaudes pour les sorties sur la rive Est, boissons chaudes sur la rive Ouest)
Expérience de rafting islandaise!
A emporter avec vous:
Sous-vêtement thermique / plusieurs couches de vêtements
Veste en polaire / Pull en laine
Pantalon en polaire / legging
Chaussettes en laine / chaussettes de randonnée (au moins une paire)
Vêtements secs pour l'après rafting
Médicaments dont vous auriez besoin (ventoline...)
Appareil photo imperméable (en option)
Un brin d'aventure et d'humour
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Soyez prêt à être mouillé! Merci de porter des vêtements qui gardent leur capacité isolante même mouillés (donc pas de jeans ni de vêtements en coton). Nous vous recommandons des vêtements en polaire, laine ou synthétique.