3 Day rafting trip down the East Glacial River, Northwestern Region of Iceland
3 Day rafting trip down the East Glacial River, Northwestern Region of Iceland
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En résumé

  • Niveau sportif
    Intermédiaire
  • Langues parlées
    islandais, anglais
  • Durée
    2-3 jrs
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Description de l'activité

If you're at all considering a 3-Day Rafting Expedition down the East Glacial River, you’re urged to read on and see how incredible, unique, and undiscovered this place really is. For starters, you’ll be asked why you're coming to Iceland... and if adventure is one of the appeals, then this trip will satisfy 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 white-water, 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) 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 shelter on the first night, and it is from here that you’ll plunge into your committing 2-day descent of Iceland's best rafting river.

Over these two days, you’ll navigate the full 55km of the East Glacial River through its twisting valleys and canyons, facing an ever-evolving blend of heart-pumping white-water, breath-taking scenery, and wilderness solitude.

The trip wraps up on the third evening at the rafting base at Hafgrímsstaðir with a celebration of your achievements, barbecue feast, and a farewell fiesta with your guides and fellow rafters!

Fixed departure dates 2016: 
- 11th July
- 11th August
- 24th August

18 ans minimum
Politique d'annulation: 
stricte1) Si vous annulez plus de 30 jours avant la date prévue de l’activité
→ Vous êtes automatiquement remboursés à 100%

2) Si vous annulez entre 30 jours et 10 jours avant le départ de l’activité
→ Vous serez éligible à un remboursement partiel de 50%

3) Si vous annulez 10 jours ou moins avant le début de l’activité
→ Aucun remboursement ne sera possible
Itinéraire

Day 1: Arrival & introduction
Drive through the Sprengisandur desert with views over Hofsjökull glacier. Night at Laugarfell in remote highland cabins with a soak in some natural hot pools.
Upon arrival at our Hafgrímsstaðir Rafting Base, you will meet your guides and fellow rafters and go over the general plan for the trip. Here you’ll be fitted with a dry suit and supplied with all necessary rafting equipment and a dry bag for your personal gear. Once fully packed and prepared, you’ll load up and begin your adventure! You’ll spend the next 4 hours travelling remote roads out of the Skagaföjður valley and into the sprawilng expanses of the Sprengisandur desert. With views of the nearby Hofsjökull glacier spanning the horizon, you’ll negotiate rivers and streams as you traverse the rugged highlands, arriving at Laugarfell in time for a hearty meal and a relaxing soak in the thermal pools under the late evening sun. A restful night in the mountain cabins will be your final preparation for the adventure that lies in the days ahead.

Day 2: Upper section of the East Glacial River (grade 3-4) - night in the secluded riverside hut at Hildarsell in the upper Austardalur valley
Wake up to the smell of freshly made coffee and energise yourself with a hot breakfast feast. A 20-minute off-road excursion takes you to your put-in on the shores of East Glacial River's uppermost reaches. While the guides load the equipment and rig the rafts, your trip leader will give you a full safety briefing and necessary rafting instruction. As you hit the water, you’ll commit yourself to the adventure ahead– there's no turning back! Your first hour is a gentle float through the milky waters of the desert moonscape, a time each raft will use to practice the teamwork and technical skills they will need to successfully run the rapids that lie ahead. As you round the last bend, the river dramatically disappears around a corner and plunges into the first of many steep-walled valleys it follows on its course to the ocean far below. You’ll find yourself committed to relentless, fast, and technical "boulder garden" rapids that will challenge your nerves as much as your stamina! After about 3 hours, the river's gradient eases up and provides you with a beautiful lunch spot where you can rest and refuel! Another stretch of rapids will greet you immediately as you set off again, and then an hour-long cool-down float will take you to the doorstep of our riverside cabin at Hildarsell. Here you’ll share a relaxing evening in good company with a well-earned dinner and warm drinks, and a peaceful night's sleep before your second round of white-water action tomorrow!

Day 3: Famous lower gorge of the East Glacial River (grade 4+) - deep canyons and world-class whitewater followed by BBQ dinner and farewell fiesta!
Today's rafting begins with an easy float along the braided floor of the lush and majestic Austurdalur valley. After about an hour, the valley walls begin to steepen dramatically as you approach the renowned lower gorge of the East Glacial River. As you commit yourself to the depth of this magnificent canyon, the river narrows and steepens, and its character changes strikingly from what you faced on the previous day. This 100m deep volcanic gorge is not only a geological marvel in itself, but is also home to some of Iceland's most spectacular white-water. You’ll face a nonstop rush of crashing overhead waves and steep "pool-drop" rapids that will be sure to get your adrenaline surging! After making it through the last of the major rapids, you’ll pull over for a riverside lunch in the canyon and an optional cliff jumping session. The remaining few kilometres of the river offer the perfect opportunity to unwind amongst beautiful surroundings and digest the experiences of the last few days, or to take one last invigorating dip in the cleansing glacial waters! As you complete the river's course and emerge from the last of its canyons, you’ll culminate your trip with a soak in the local hot pots and a mouth-watering barbecue feast back at the rafting base– the perfect end to this adventure of a lifetime.

Pré-requis

Be prepared to get wet! All clothing worn on the river should be of a material that keeps its insulating ability when wet. It is highly recommended to wear fleece, wool, and synthetic materials. DO NOT WEAR COTTON, so NOT your jeans and your favourite hoodie!

Conditions particulières

The Viking Rafting base at Hafgrímsstaðir is located on Road #752, 15km from its junction with Hwy #1 at the west end of Varmahlíð. Simply follow Road #752 up the valley for about 10-15 minutes until you see us on the left-hand side of the road!

You will have to pay additionally for a pick up from Akureyri = 10000ISK

Comprend
  • All necessary rafting gear
A prévoir
A prévoir
  • Thermal underwear/base layers
  • Warm fleece top/wool sweater
  • Fleece pants/extra long johns
  • Thick wool socks/hiking socks (at least 1 pair)
  • Dry clothes for after the river
Lieu de RDV
Viking Rafting: Hafgrímsstaðir, Varmahlíð, Skagafjarðarvegur, 560, Iceland Itinéraire
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