On this West Glacial River family rafting trip, fun and scenery swirl around you to deliver an unforgettable rafting adventure in Iceland!

Even though we call this a “family rafting” trip, it is not only for the little guys! This is a fun and gentle trip (level 2 out of 5), suitable for everybody. Featuring steaming riverside hot springs and magnificent canyon landscapes, this gentle rafting tour offers everyone from the novice rafter to the whole family an opportunity to pick up a paddle and explore Iceland’s stunning river wilderness. As you negotiate the gentle rapids through the twists and bends of this towering gorge, enjoy the opportunity to sample some riverside hot cocoa from nature’s kettle! You may even find yourself in a friendly water fight, bathing in the invigorating glacial runoff, or simply kicking back and letting your cares drift away with the meandering waters!

If you would rather do an action packed, extreme rafting trip, the Beast of the east is your river:

Beast of the east

Duration: 3-4 hours
May – Mid September
Meeting time: 14:45
Included: Qualified, professional raft guides and safety kayakers, dry-suit, PFD, helmet, booties, gloves, transport between base and river, riverside refreshments
Bring with you:
thermal underwear, warm fleece top/wool sweater, fleece pants/long johns, thick wool socks, dry clothes for after the river (yes, you will get wet), necessary medication

Good to know before the tour:
Jeans are not suitable clothing! As the environment and the elements we face are unpredictable (often cold and always wet) overexposure will not only leave you shivering and miserable, but it can easily become a serious safety concern if you manage to sneak in unprepared. It is your responsibility as participants (yes, you!)

Minimum age 6 years

You can expect any kind of weather in Iceland, and your rafting trip might be cancelled with short notice due to weather. Your safety is our number one priority!

This tour can change depending on weather conditions, so this tour needs to be flexible. We are concerned about your safety. 

Get ready for the action and don’t forget your camera!



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.


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