Extreme rafting down the East Glacial River, Northwestern Region of Iceland

Extreme rafting down the East Glacial River, Northwestern Region of Iceland

Activity Snapshot

  • Sensation Level: Adventurous
  • Spoken languages: English, Icelandic
  • Fitness level: Sporty
  • Duration: full day
  • Cancellation policy: 
    flexible 1) Cancellation 4 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 48 and 96 hours prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 48 hours or later are what we call last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    Bakkaflot: Varmahlíð Bakkaflöt, 560 Varmahlíð, Iceland
  • Opening seasons:
    • J
    • F
    • M
    • A
    • M
    • J
    • J
    • A
    • S
    • O
    • N
    • D

Activity description

It’s time to hook in and hold on. The East Glacial River has a reputation of being one of the most exciting rivers in Europe. You’re guaranteed a great adventure!

All of the trips start and end from the onsite boathouse. The friendly and professional guides will provide you with all of the equipment needed for tackling our famous glacial rivers. You’ll be given wetsuits, dry tops, helmets, buoyancy aids /life jackets and rafting booties. All you need to bring is your swimsuit, a warm long sleeve fleece and a towel. Optional extras are a sense of humour and adventure!

Once you’ve changed you will be driven to the East Valley to the rafting spot, where your trip leader will give you a safety briefing, with all of the relative safety information needed to get the most out of your outing.

You will take to the river, rafting 16 km through the East Glacial canyon. You will tackle rapids such as Alarm Clock, Commitment, Screaming Lady and of course the famous Green Room. Depending on the water levels you will also stop for some cliff jumping for those that feel they need a little more excitement.

The bus will meet you at the take out where steaming bowls of hot soup will be waiting for you. After a short 20 minute ride back to the base you will be able to unwind in the hot tubs.

The East Glacial River is classed 4+ (class 1: easy to class 5: very demanding).

Offer Description

Trip time is about 4-5 hours. The trips run on the East Glacial River daily at 9.00am and 3pm (minimum 4 people).

Activity requirements

Minimum age: 18 years

Special terms

Rafting is a weather dependent sport. Bakkaflöt reserves the right to cancel or change any trips depending on the weather conditions. They also have the right to cancel the trip for people who put themselves and others at danger during or before a trip.

Rafting takes place on glacial rivers where the water is cold all year around. Once you get cold it is very hard to get you warm again. By bringing the correct thermal clothing you reduce the possibilities of becoming cold. Please do not bring any cotton products with you to wear on the river. If you are too warm on the river there are many creative ways to cool you down, for example cliff jumping.

  • Lunch
  • Hot tubs
  • Longjohn style wetsuit
  • Neoprene river booties (shoes)
  • Splash jacket
  • Personal floatation device (lifejacket)
  • Helmet
Meeting point
Bakkaflot: Varmahlíð Bakkaflöt, 560 Varmahlíð, Iceland Get directions


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