East Glacial River - Rafting in the North - VR02

Rafting down the magnificent canyon of East River

Fully licensed travel agency & tour operator

‘The Beast of the East’ is a pulsating, adrenaline rush from start to finish and is the most action packed trip that we offer. On it we will raft down the raging waters of the East Glacial River (Austari-Jökulsá), which combines stunning scenery and a relentless supply of exhilarating white water. It is perfect for adrenaline junkies and is considered by many to be Europe’s best rafting river.

Meet us on location - in North Iceland. Or be pickup up at Akureyri.
One of the most remote single-day rafting trips on the planet

Duration: 6-7 hours

Departure time: 09:00 (on location)

Group maximum: 6 persons per guide

Available: May - Sept

Age limit: 18 years

Difficulty: Demanding

Tour Highlights:
  • Grade 4+ river
  • Thrilling rafting experience
  • East Glacial River Canyon
  • Ride the Beast of the East!

Meeting location:

Please show up at least 15 minutes before departure. Meet us at the Viking Rafting base at Hafgrimsstadir on Road #752. Click here for an interactive map.
GPS: 65.434300, -19.306219
Distance from Reykjavik: 305km / 190mi (4-hour drive)

Distance from Akureyri: 110km / 68mi (1.5-hour drive)

Pickup from Akureyri:

See booking engine for transfer prices. The pickup leaves at 07:20 from Akureyri Backpackers. Address: Hafnarstraeti 98.
Click here for an interactive map.


Guided rafting tour, a dry-suit, life-vest, helmet and all equipment for rafting. Qualified, professional raft guides. Riverside refreshments. Transportation between base and river.
The dry suit will keep you 95% dry :) But it will not keep you warm.

Bring with you:

Warm, lightweight, layered clothing made of fleece, wool, or other synthetic materials that keep their insulating ability when wet (try to avoid cotton), warm socks and a dry change of clothes for after the trip. Dress for cold and wet conditions.

24 990 per adult

Operated by a Trusted Partner
Operated with a Trusted Partner

Tour Description

river rafting group

Team effort all the way

Your day will begin at our base camp, where we will get you kitted out and one of our friendly river guides will give you a safety talk. After that we will get out onto the ferocious rapids, where your heart-pumping adventure will begin.

The East Glacial River flows down from Hofsjökull glacier (Iceland’s third biggest), and generally reaches 4 or 5 on the rafting scale, which means that you have to be in reasonably good physical shape to complete it. However, it is not necessary to have any rafting experience as one of our friendly experts will always be on hand to help you out.

beast of the east river

The Beast of the East is quite something

The East Glacial River’s violent rapids and stunning natural scenery make it perfect for anyone who wants a bit of a challenge. It is consistently rated as one of Iceland’s top 10 attractions: offering an incredible adrenaline rush in a remote an untouched natural wilderness. Taming the beast is a truly empowering feeling and for years to come you will be able to boast about the achievement. Many people enjoy ‘The Beast of the East’ so much that they return year after year and at the end of the adventure you can trade war stories after mugs of hot cocoa. So book our ‘Beast of the East’ tour today for a life changing adventure, during your Iceland stay!.

People with children or those who want a slightly calmer rafting experience should look into our West Glacial River trip.

The ‘Beast of the East’ is available as a day trip from Akureyri or as an overnight trip from Reykjavík. From Akureyri: daily departures are available throughout the rafting season, but due to limited seating pick-up must be booked in advance. Pickups leave at 7:20 from Akureyri Backpackers @ Hafnarstræti 98.

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Beast of the East - Video from the tour

Disclaimer: All rafting trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Extreme Iceland not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk.