This is like your favorite Disney World ride, but without a seatbelt! Just like that ride, you don’t need previous rafting experience to discover for yourself why the East Glacial River has become Iceland’s signature whitewater rafting trip. The reason we are experienced professionals is, so you don’t have to be.
If you’re scared of getting splashed by huge waves and don’t enjoy the excitement, this is not the trip for you. However, we’re pretty confident that you’ll still love our Family Rafting trip!. The East Glacial River Gorge (Jökulsá-Austari) is the setting for our most action-packed and exciting rafting day tour. With spectacular deep canyon scenery and relentless heart-pumping whitewater, the Jökulsá East is consistently rated as one of Europe’s best rafting rivers. It has topped popular guide books’ lists of “must-do’s” in Iceland. One of the most remote single-day rafting trips on the planet, this whitewater adventure delivers an unforgettable journey into the untamed beauty of Iceland’s river wilderness. Combine that with a dose of adrenaline healthy enough to satisfy the most powerful of cravings. For those traveling to Iceland with a thirst for adventure, this is a day tour not to be missed!.
“WHITEWATER ACTION” RAFTING DAY TRIP FROM AKUREYRI – Our Whitewater Action rafting trip is available as a day tour package from Akureyri, including return transportation and lunch. When booking online, select the “Lunch of the Day” and “Pick-up from Akureyri” extras to build the full day tour package. Departures from Akureyri are available every day, but due to limited seating must be booked in advance. Please contact us or drop into the Akureyri Backpackers (Hafnarstræti 98, downtown Akureyri) for more information and to reserve your pick-up.
*** Pick-ups leave at 7:20 from Akureyri Backpackers @ Hafnarstræti 98
Looking for something a bit more family friendly?
The first thing you need to know about our whitewater rafting trip is that we give you a DRY SUIT! This incredible piece of gear should keep you 95% dry during your rafting trip, but they will NOT keep you warm! There is nothing tropical about our river or environment.
The water we will be rafting on is fed directly by a Glacier, so it’s very COLD. The key to being happy on the river is to stay warm. We strongly encourage you to bring multiple layers; tops, bottoms, and socks to keep you feeling comfortable while rafting. If you bring the correct clothing, you won’t be cold at all.
Please trust us when we say that the river can be the worst of all thieves, and that any valuables you bring with you on the raft (cameras, sunglasses, laptops, etc.), are likely to disappear to the bottom of the rapids when you are fully distracted and least expecting it.
Trust us, we’ve learned our lesson too many times, and we’ll do our very best to avoid saying “I told you so”! Hide your valuables somewhere that you can find them safe and dry after your trip.
The Viking 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!
FROM REYKJAVÍK: 305km/190mi (4-hour drive). Follow Highway #1 (Ringroad) towards the North. Just after you descend a long hill into the Skagafjörður valley, Road #752 is on your RIGHT, about 500m before the centre of Varmahlíð (where the Tourist Info & N1 fuel station are located).
FROM AKUREYRI: 110km/68mi (1.5-hour drive). Follow Highway #1 (Ringroad) towards the West. Continue along about 500m past the left turn in the centre of Varmahlíð (where the Tourist Info & N1 fuel station are located) until you reach Road #752 on your LEFT.
3 friends and I did the Viking raft. Our expectations were quite high, but the experience was even better than we had hoped for. We felt completely safe the entire time while being thrown out of the boat. Everybody could choose whether or not they did the more ‘difficult’ stuff. There was no pressure at all.
Definitely the best day of our time in Iceland.
Excellent trip, really good fun, and not nearly as cold as you’d think.
We were slightly apprehensive with how safe and cold the rafting would be… we shouldn’t have worried. The team at Viking Rafting were great, we always felt safe and well looked after, and our guide Ryan made the whole experience awesome (even when we flipped… multiple times). And we didn’t even get cold in the glacial waters… so all around a great experience.