West Glacial River - Rafting in the North - VR01

Rafting down the magnificent canyon of this roaring glacial river

Fully licensed travel agency & tour operator

This is the perfect half-day trip for anyone who wants a safe adventure amongst some stunning natural scenery. It will take you rafting in Iceland’s majestic Jökulsárgljúfur or West Glacial River: home to some unique geology, bubbling hot springs and impressive rapids.

Meet us on location - in North Iceland

Duration: 3-4 hours

Departure time: 15:00

Group maximum: 7 persons per guide

Available: May - Sept

Age limit: 6 years

Difficulty: Easy

Tour Highlights:
  • White water rafting
  • Glacier canyon landscapes
  • Riverside refreshments
  • Dry suit experience


Guided rafting tour, dry suit, life-vest, helmet and relevant rafting equipment. Riverside refreshments (warm drinks). Transportation between base and river

Bring with you:

Thermal underwear, warm sweaters and socks (this is a glacial river), bathing suit, change of clothing and towel. Try to avoid cotton. Fleece, wool and synthetics are best.
The dry-suit will keep you 95% dry :)

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)

14 990 per adult

Children (6-12): 9 990 ISK

Operated by a Trusted Partner
Operated with a Trusted Partner

Tour Description

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I'm on a boat!

We will meet together at our base close to Jökulsárgljúfur, where we will get kitted out and one of our friendly river guides will give you a safety briefing. Then we will get out onto the river, where you will glide between the imposing cliffs and imperious rock formations, which have all been carved by volcanic activity over the millennia. Once we reach the river’s magnificent canyon you will have the opportunity to take a dip in the cool waters or just relax and enjoy the magnificent surroundings. Then to warm up we will have some hot cocoa, which has been made by nature’s own kettle! The West Glacial River is the perfect way to experience Iceland’s western wilderness and will be an unforgettable part of your holiday here.

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Examining the river

For those who want something that will really get their hearts pumping, check out our Beast of the East trip!

We recommend that you bring: Warm, lightweight, layered clothing made of fleece, wool, or other synthetic materials that keep their insulating ability when wet (no cotton), warm socks and a change of dry clothes for after the trip. Dress for cold and wet conditions!

The Viking Rafting base at Hafgrímsstaðir is located on Road #752, 15km from its junction with Road #1 at the west end of Varmahlíð. Simply follow Road #752 up the valley for about 10-15 minutes.
From Reykjavik
: 305km/190mi (4-hour drive). Follow Road #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 Road#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.

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.