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This whitewater adventure delivers an unforgettable journey into the untamed beauty of Iceland’s river wilderness and a dose of adrenaline strong enough to satisfy the most powerful of cravings. For those traveling to Iceland with a thirst for adventure, this day trip is not to be missed.

Make your way to the rafting base in Hafgrímsstaðir where your adenture starts. Begin with a coffee while meeting your international team of guides at the river base, where you will get prepared and dressed into drysuits for the trip. From there, the rafting bus follows the road deep into the Austurdalur wilderness to the put-in point for the raft on the famous East Glacial River canyon. After a full explanation, demonstration, and training with your guides and safety kayakers, hit the water for a 3-hour, 18km descent of rapids such as "Alarm Clock", "Commitment", "Screaming Lady", "Green Room", "Deep Fry", "Waterfall", and many more. Conditions permitting, cap off your paddle with an 8-metre cliff jump and a swim in the energizing glacial waters.

Along the way, enjoy a riverside snack of freshly-baked waffles, jam, whipped cream, and hot chocolate, all homemade at the only farmhouse left in the valley and sent down into the canyon on a wire!
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Viking Rafting - Day Trips
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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Reviewed 1 week ago
It was the most terrifying and exhilarating experience ever!

The service was exceptional. The two guides were Steve from the US and Tarzan (guided our raft) from Nepal, and they were fantastic guides. I don't remember the other names, but the safety kayakers were from Nepal and New Zealand. Those guys are good! I...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Another refreshing day on the river

After I had had so much fun whitewater rafting with Viking last year I originally signed up for the 3-day rafting tour. Unfortunately the longer tour had to be cancelled due to a limited number of bookings, but I knew I had to fit in...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Get your money's worth

First rafting experience and had an amazing time. Looking at the price, it seems a bit expensive to some people (including me when I first purchased the ticket), but for all the effort put in, the time you get to be out on the water,...More

Thank Sarah N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wild, Exciting Adrenaline Rush, with Safety being Stressed throughout.

Have been whitewater rafting throughout the world, and this is one of our top experiences. STEVE and SADAT were our guides and they were Awesome. The river gorge was beyond beautiful, and the guides stressed safety, and FUN throughout. Flipping a raft can be scary,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Go for the toughest tour and smile!

Pricey yes, but worth every money spent! Professional guides living their dream kept us happy and safe during the entire tour! Two tips: 1. go with your own car to the rafting base. It's a bit of a drive from Reykjavik, so consider spending one...More

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