For starters, we ask you why you're coming to Iceland... and if adventure is one of the appeals, we'll guarantee that this trip satisfies just about everything on your list! You are about to embark upon a 3-day highlight reel of desert moonscapes, sprawling glaciers, hot springs, world-class whitewater, remote mountain cabins, and gourmet riverside cuisine, all from the heart of north Iceland's most pristine and otherwise inaccessible wilderness. Set sail where few expeditions have been before, in a committing self-support conquest of Iceland's most challenging rafting river!
This adventure begins with a rugged drive into the Sprengisandur desert towards the source of the legendary East Glacial River (Jökulsá-Austari) river at the foot of the mighty Hofsjökull glacier. Somewhere in the vast expanses of this arctic desert, a cluster of secluded cabins around a thermal oasis provides us shelter on our first night, and it is from here that we plunge into our committing 2-day descent of Iceland's best rafting river. In these two days, we navigate the full 55km of the East Glacial River through its twisting valleys and canyons, facing an ever-evolving blend of heart-pumping whitewater, breathtaking scenery, and wilderness solitude. The trip wraps up on the third evening at our rafting base at Hafgrímsstaðir with a celebration of our achievements, barbecue feast, and a farewell fiesta with your guides and fellow rafters!
AKUREYRI RAFTING EXPEDITION PACKAGE - This trip is available as an all-inclusive package from Akureyri, including all transportation and meals for the duration of the 3 days. This option is available for all 3-Day departures but must be booked in advance. Please call or email us to for more information and to reserve your Akureyri Rafting Expedition Package.
- All Rafting Equipment
- Professional Raft Guides
- Safety Kayakers
- Transportation into the Highlands & to and from the river
- 2 Night Accommodation in Highland Lodges
- All Meals from Lunch on day 1 to dinner on day 3
- VAT\Taxes included
- No Booking Fees
- Hofsjökull Glacier
- Laugafell Geothermal area
- Sprengisandur Highland Desert
- Austari Jökulsá river (East Glacial River)
- Austurdalur Valley
- 3+ - 4+ White Water Action
- Season: July - August
- Duration: 3 days (2 nights)
- Departures: Every Friday 10:00 am
- Minimum age: 18 years
- Driver licence necessary
- Minimum 2 participants
We recommend you bring
1 set of river clothing (warm, lightweight, layered clothing of fleece, wool, or synthetic materials– NO COTTON. We recommend a set of thermal underwear/base layers, warm fleece top & pants, and thick wool/hiking socks.) – 1 set of hut clothing: warm and comfortable, waterproof/windproof jacket, footwear for walking around camp. – 3 pairs of extra socks – Sleeping bag – Personal hygiene kit, toiletries – Any necessary medications (asthma inhaler, EpiPen, etc.) – Swimsuit and towel for thermal pools – Camera (optional but recommended) – Thirst for adventure & sense of humour!
Please keep in mind that while we are on the river, all personal gear will be packed into plastic bags and drybags and brought along in the rafts. We cannot guarantee the safety of your personal belongings, and therefore discourage bringing valuables on the trip. Due to space limitations, we also encourage participants to avoid bringing excess or unnecessary personal belongings.
The Viking Rafting base at Hafgrímsstaðir is located on Road #752, 15km from its junction with Hwy #1 at the west end of Varmahlíð. Simply follow Road #752 up the valley for about 10-15 minutes until you see us on the left-hand side of the road! FROM REYKJAVÍK: 305km/190mi (4-hour drive). Follow Highway #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 Highway #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