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Family Rafting Day Trip from Hafgrímsstaðir: Grade 2 White Water Rafting on the West Glacial River

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    What to Expect
    This afternoon family-friendly adventure delivers an unforgettable, hands-on journey into the untamed beauty of northern Iceland’s river wilderness.

    Make your way to the rafting base in Hafgrímsstaðir where your adventure starts. Begin by meeting your international team of guides at the river base, where you will get prepared and dressed in drysuits for your trip. From there, the rafting bus will take you on the short road to the put-in point for the raft at the West Glacial River. After a full explanation, demonstration, and training with your guides, push off from the river bank for a 90-minute, 10km descent of gentle rapids, spectacular scenery, and riverside hot springs. Conditions permitting, boost your excitement with a friendly cliff jump and a swim in the bubbling glacial waters of northern Iceland.

    Along the way, enjoy a steaming cup of hot cocoa made directly with natural hot water from a riverside hot spring!
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Rafting Base in Hafgrímsstaðir, near Varmahlíð (approximately 1.5 hours drive from Akureyri)
    Departure Time
    3:00 PM
    3h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • All necessary rafting equipment: drysuit, PFD, helmet, booties, gloves
    • Qualified, professional rafting guides and safety kayakers
    • Transportation between rafting base and the river
    • Riverside refreshments (hot drinks)
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Transportation to rafting base from Akureyri/Reykjavik
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age: 6
    • Recommended items to bring with you: Thermal underwear/base layers, warm fleece top/wool sweater, fleece pants/extra long johns, thick wool socks/hiking socks (at least 1 pair), change of clothes for after the river, any necessary medications (asthma inhalers, etc.), waterproof camera (optional)
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a 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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    This was my and my 11 year old nephews first rafting trip. It was the highlight of our Iceland trip. As soon as we pulled up we were greeted by one of the guides Ryan, he was extremely nice and welcoming and made my nephew feel comfortable. Everyone there was super helpful and
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    All around excellent experience. Our whole family loved the trip, including our 14 year old son and 11 year old daughter. River was just fast enough to be exciting, not too fast to feel dangerous. Dramatic scenery. Our guiding team was very well organized. Liz helped us suit up.
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    We had an amazing time rafting down the Glacier River! The team was brilliant in making sure that everyone had a fantastic time while keeping a watchful eye on our large group which ranged in age from 10 years old to over 50. Justin was the guide for our boat and we all had a
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    We had a great and fun time. The whole Viking Team is very nice, especially Mirto who is a fantastic guide.Thanks!☺
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    Quick summary: We (a family of 4 with two boys aged 13 and 10) went on the family rafting adventure today with Viking Rafting and everyone had a great time! All the guides were great, and although this is our first rafting experience, I really can't imagine anything being any
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