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White Water Rafting Day Trip from Hafgrímsstaðir: Grade 4 Rafting on the East Glacial River

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    What to Expect
    This whitewater adventure delivers an unforgettable journey into the untamed beauty of Iceland’s river wilderness and a dose of adrenaline strong enough to satisfy the most powerful of cravings. For those traveling to Iceland with a thirst for adventure, this day trip is not to be missed.

    Make your way to the rafting base in Hafgrímsstaðir where your adenture starts. Begin with a coffee while meeting your international team of guides at the river base, where you will get prepared and dressed into drysuits for the trip. From there, the rafting bus follows the road deep into the Austurdalur wilderness to the put-in point for the raft on the famous East Glacial River canyon. After a full explanation, demonstration, and training with your guides and safety kayakers, hit the water for a 3-hour, 18km descent of rapids such as "Alarm Clock", "Commitment", "Screaming Lady", "Green Room", "Deep Fry", "Waterfall", and many more. Conditions permitting, cap off your paddle with an 8-metre cliff jump and a swim in the energizing glacial waters.

    Along the way, enjoy a riverside snack of freshly-baked waffles, jam, whipped cream, and hot chocolate, all homemade at the only farmhouse left in the valley and sent down into the canyon on a wire!
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    Departure Point
    Rafting Base in Hafgrímsstaðir, near Varmahlíð (approximately 1.5 hours drive from Akureyri)
    If option with transport from Akureyri selected: pickup is from outside Akureyri Backpackers
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • All rafting equipment: drysuit, PFD, helmet, booties, gloves
    • Qualified, professional raft guides and safety kayakers
    • Transportation between the rafting base and the river
    • Riverside refreshments: freshly baked waffles and homemade hot chocolate
    • Transport from Akureyri (only if option selected at time of booking)
    • Additional food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 18 years
    • Recommended items to bring: thermal underwear/base layers, warm fleece top/wool sweater, fleece pants/extra long johns, thick wool socks/hiking socks, change of clothes for after the river, any necessary medications (asthma inhalers, etc.) and waterproof camera (optional)
    • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    The rafting trip on the Grade 4 East Glacial River was my favorite activity that we chose in Iceland. I'm glad I did my research and chose a more challenging trip. It was high-level but we never felt like we were in real danger. Anup was the best guide I've ever rafted with, and
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    This was really an amazing day! The tour guides were super professional and made every one laugh and feel safe, the equipment was good, the waffles and coco were delicious and the river was the best one I have rafted so far. What surprised me is that the scenery was absolutely
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    Amazing experience with very professional guides. Everything was perfect: the boats, the equipment, the organisation, the guides... these people know what they are doing and they know how to do it. It was extremely funny and always safe. We did lots of rapids, jumped from the
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    Of the two weeks i spent in Iceland, I have to say that the day we went rafting was the best! I enjoyed every second on (and off) the raft. All the staff present on our trip (Liz, Tarzan, Suman, Anup and Vlada 😉🍻) were professional and awesome rafting companions. They try
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    3 friends and I did the Viking raft. Our expectations were quite high, but the experience was even better than we had hoped for. We felt completely safe the entire time while being thrown out of the boat. Everybody could choose whether or not they did the more 'difficult' stuff.
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