Rafting Iceland’s Unchartered Waters

Rafting in Iceland is a fantastically thrilling activity that doesn’t require past experience. The adventure takes place in the East Glacial River Gorge (Jökulsá-Austari) and is available from the beginning of May to the end of September. This action-packed day has a major punch and most certainly is not for the faint of heart. If you are a thrill-seeking adventurer than we suggest you read on…this is the experience for you!

It is time to take fun seriously, and come on tour! Rafting in Iceland has never been more fun. Come enjoy the waters with us, as we admire the spectacular mountainous scenery with its deeps valleys. Embrace the feeling of pure electric as we make our way down heart-pumping white-water rapids.

This adventure only uses 100% internationally certified equipment and provides all guest with dry suits. Here at Wildthentic we take safety very seriously and make sure we provide our travellers with the best practices possible. Excitement will never cost you security. All tour guides have training and have an International Rafting Federation certification.

This Rafting in Iceland Tour is sure to land a spot in your Life’s Adventure Hall of Fame

Most of all, it is important you prepare for an unforgettable journey into the untamed beauty of Iceland’s wet wilderness. You have probably seen a lot of rivers in your life, even though you might not have rafted on them, but we assure you, you have yet to have been down one quite like this. If you want to raft in truly stunning water we suggest you travel to the East Glacial River in May or early June. This is when the water freshly melted and is at its most miraculous colour. Luminescent sky-blue waters surrounded by mossy springs that drizzle the canyon walls are what await you.

We only allow 7 paddlers on the raft even though it is designed to hold 8. This is in order to ensure maximum comfort and attention.


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Enjoy Iceland’s best rated outdoor activity that allows you to experience a truly wild white-water experience.  Rafting Iceland’s Unchartered Waters of the East Glacial River is one of the most remote single-day rafting trips on the planet.  Your guides will have a combined total of 67 years of experience that spans over 14 different countries. Join us and remember…the best things in life are supposed to make your heart race.

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Exhilarating East Glacier River Rafting, grade 4+, in action

Starting time

7:20 (pick up time from Akureyri Backpackers)

Departure point

Meet at your hotel in Akureyri


Full day 7:20am til approx 4:30pm (including return transfer to Akureyri)

Ending point

Returns to original departure point


USD335 per person


May to September


  • 7:20 Meet at Akureyri Backpackers and drive one hour southwest to Varmahlid
  • 9:00 Arrive at the local office in Varmahlid for introduction briefing
  • Scenic drive with your guide and small group for 45 minutes to your starting point
  • 10:00 Arrive at East Glacial River Gorge, get geared up and wait for your in-depth safety briefing before to hit the water
  • Let the adventure begin as you descend the river on your exhilarating ride
  • Stop for lunch by the river
  • 14:00 Drive back to Varmahlid, wait for your pictures and get changed
  • Drive back to Akureyri. You should be back at Akureyri Backpackers between 4:30 and 5:00pm


  • Group size: Min 2 – Max 7 per raft, max 6 boats per trip.
  • Age restrictions: Minimum age: 18 years old.
  • Difficulty: Challenging. You must be reasonably fit to join this activity and comfortable swimming with a sense of adventure. The level of the water varies making the rapids from clads 4 to 4+. Big waves can be expected with chances for the boat to flip (sometimes just for fun too). Don’t panic, and no previous experience is required. Your guide will judge the water conditions and brief you accordingly.
  • Inclusions: certified and highly qualified rafting guide, lunch, hot drinks, return transfer from Akureyri, technical equipment (dry suit, life jacket, helmet, booties, gloves.)
  • Exclusions: travel insurance, personal expenses, tips and gratuities and pictures (extra USD50).
  • Voucher info: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this experience.
  • Local operator information: Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
  • Cancelation policy: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. Sharks are wild animals and there is no guarantee even if great chances to see them. In the event of no sharks on tour a 25 percent refund will be provided.


  • Thermal underwear / base layers
  • Warm fleece top / wool sweater
  • Fleece trousers / rainproof trousers
  • Thick wool socks / hiking socks (at least 1 pair)
  • AVOID COTTON. As you are paddling down the river you are going to sweat. When cotton gets wet, it makes you cold. Fleece, wool, and synthetics are the best materials to wear because when they get wet, they keep your body warm. If you only have cotton, we can still make it work!
  • Dry clothes for after the river
  • Any necessary medications (asthma inhalers, etc.)
  • Waterproof camera (optional), or dry case. (The guide will take pictures that you will have option to buy)

East Glacial River – North Iceland

Less than an hour drive southwest from Akureyri, one of the northernmost stretches of white water on the planet flows as the surrounding glaciers melt. Close to the Arctic Circle with long summer days with midnight sun, the glaciers and snow fields begin to thaw and the rivers swell.

The level of the water is usually from 60 to 90 but can raise up to 120.

Depending which section of the river, the rapids can be from a gentle grade 2 to up to the exhilarating 4+.

May is the start of the white-water rafting season, with beautiful crystal blue water but lower levels, while late June and early July display the highest level of water.

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