The first thing you need to know is YES, YES, YES! If you’re at all considering a 3-Day Rafting Expedition down the East Glacial River, we urge you to read on and see how incredible, unique, and undiscovered this place really is. 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!
- Departures Upon request July 1st – Aug 31st
- Duration 3 days / 2 nights
- Grade 4 out of 5
- Minimum Age 18