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White Water Rafting Day Trip from Hafgrímsstaðir: Grade 4 Rafting on the East Glacial River

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Varmahlíð, Iceland
White Water Rafting Day Trip from Hafgrímsstaðir: Grade 4 Rafting on the East Glacial River

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Travel into the Austurdalur wilderness and pit your paddling skills against the surging torrents of the East Glacial River on this 6-hour white-water rafting adventure from Hafgrímsstaðir. Pull on your drysuit at the base in Hafgrímsstaðir, then grab your paddle and hit the waves. Navigate the choppy waters of the grade IIII–listed river and see why it consistently tops Iceland’s white-water rafting rankings. Tackle challenging rapids such as ‘Alarm Clock’ and ‘Deep Fry’ with your guide, and end your trip with a cliff jump into the glacial waters.
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour
  • All necessary equipment included
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All rafting equipment: drysuit, PFD, helmet, booties, gloves
Qualified, professional raft guides and safety kayakers
Transportation between the rafting base and the river
Riverside refreshments: freshly baked waffles and homemade hot chocolate
Transport from Akureyri (only if option selected at time of booking)
Additional food and drinks, unless specified
Viking Rafting , Varmahlíð, Iceland

We are located 15km south of Varmahlíð on Road #752. We are on your LEFT just after crossing a little bridge over a river.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Recommended items to bring: thermal underwear/base layers, warm fleece top/wool sweater, fleece pants/extra long johns, thick wool socks/hiking socks, change of clothes for after the river, any necessary medications (asthma inhalers, etc.) and waterproof camera (optional)
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 42 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Viking Rafting
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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, Sep 2021
Best rafting experience! The guides will make sure you are safe and that you are having a great time. It only kept going better and better.
Crazyness and Fun
, Jun 2021
If your looking for a way to spice up your trip loo no further. The staff is very friendly and going to make your trip I unforgettable! By the end your like family:)
, Aug 2019
The guides (Amun, Tarzan, Ryan, and Suman) were fantastic, kept us laughing the whole time, river was a great time to raft, we had a family of 9, only a few had rafted before. Extra shoutout for another guide, he brought a jacket we had left there clear to Akureyri for us, saved a brother some pretty cold adventuring in the future. Thank you all so much, we had the best time!!
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What a rush
, Sep 2018
What a wonderful adventure. All four employees (guide, 2 recovery kayak and cameraman/recovery kayak) were enthusiastic, fun and very good at their jobs. We had beautiful weather. The level IV rapids were both challenging and exhilarating and the same time. We had a garage sale on the most difficult part of the rapids but we enjoyed every minute of it. I would definitely recommend this trip for anyone looking for a challenge.
These guys are awesome! They had...
Robin M
, Aug 2017
These guys are awesome! They had plenty of experience behind them and, for all the fun and joking around, never made you feel as if things were out of control. The dry suits were a godsend and made a wild ride on a cold river a very fun experience. Do the rapids with them ... you won't regret it!
Anup and his crew were fantastic...
Anthony Z
, Jul 2017
Anup and his crew were fantastic. From top to bottom this is a life experience that everyone should have. Class IV and V white water rafting was 10x better than the one I did in Peru last year. This crew is fun, professional and educational. They stress safety throughout the process and were there each step of the way. Best hot chocolate and cream I have ever had! Cream sourced from a farm just up the road. We really battle some tough waves, cliff jump 15ft was fun and the surfing was phenomenal. Cant wait to check out the go pro footage...Anup lead even took control and took footage for us when the go pro snapped off my helmet gnarly fall. Lunch there was delicious and the overall vibe was chill. 10 out of 10, best action adventure I have booked on Viator.

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