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River rafting in North Iceland

Anyone seeking excitement will find whitewater rafting down Jökulsá Vestari or Jökulsá Austari ideal. Trips on these two adventurous glacial rivers are extremely popular since the streams run through unique, spectacular canyons which draw ever more people to try this experience. 

While floating down these rivers, you will see plenty of impressive scenery and noteworthy locations. Why not try out river rafting for yourself, where the conditions are the best in Iceland? The excitement and the pretty nature of Skagafjörður are a wonderful mixture! Experienced Icelandic and foreign guides accompany the rafts, ensuring complete safety. 

You are not likely to forget your moments on the billowing waves of any of these glacial rivers.

Akureyri Backpackers, hostel
Akureyri Backpackers is a hostel, located on the main shopping street of Akureyri. We offer budget accommodation for travelers from all over the world. Our dorms are 4, 6 and 8 bedded and our private rooms host 2-3 persons. You can choose between bringing your own sleeping bag or renting a duvet wrapped in a cozy cover. All our beds come with a clean sheet and a pillow. Toilets are located on every floor and warm showers are accessible 24 hours a day. Well equiped kitchen is available for our guests. On the ground floor you will find our restaurant and booking service where you can enjoy our meals or have a drink. Located on the main street, Akureyri Backpackers gives travelers easy access to others restaurants, cafés, bars, shops etc. The Swimming pool of Akureyri is less then 500 m away. Restaurant Breakfast buffet Guest kitchen WiFi 24 hours warm showers Sauna Ski storage Laundry services Information center  Lockers  Free luggage storage
Viking Rafting
Guide-owned, professional, personal, IRF-certified service specializing in all whitewater activities from scenic floats and challenging rapids to remote wilderness expeditions and guided kayaking.  We are the newest face of northern Iceland's longest-running river rafting company, now 100% owned and operated by the same guides that take you down the river everyday! Our passion for paddling is stronger than ever, as is our commitment to providing all of our guests with the most fun and professional service in the industry. With more combined years on the river than any other rafting tour operator in Iceland, we invite you to join our smiling guides for the ultimate river adventure and the perfect compliment to your trip to Iceland! Our revised menu of river adventure tours now offers the largest variety of whitewater rafting and kayaking tours in Iceland. From half-day family floats and full-day adrenaline-pumping whitewater, to multi-day rafting expeditions and custom kayaking explorations, we continue to dig deeper into Iceland's river wilderness than any other. Our door is always open, and we warmly welcome you to drop by, grab a paddle, and share a once-in-a-lifetime river adventure with Iceland's whitewater specialists! 
Bakkaflöt
Bakkaflöt is family owned company that started 1987. In 1994 we started the river rafting in East glacial river and West glacial river.  West glacial river, class 2. Family rafting:  Scenic ride down the majestic Glacial Canyon. We´ll make a stop for a delicious hot chocolate from a geothermal spring and another stop to jump off a cliff. Great experience for the whole family.  East glacial river, class 4. Extreme rafting:  East glacial river is by far one of the best 1-day rafting rivers in Europe. Enjoy a delicious traditional Icelandic meat soup after the tour. The Extrem rafting is a total bliss and we can guarantee you will get wet.  Sit on top kayak trip down the river Svartá is an enjoyable and scenic nature ride in the midnight sun.  On site: accommodation in cabins and our guesthouse, camping site, small swimming pool, hot tubs, restaurant and bar.