West Glacial River

The West Glacial River is classified as 2-3 and considered ideal for beginners to river rafting and those who enjoy a more relaxing trip to breathe in the scenery.

13500 ISK
3 hours
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Tour Highlights

Breathtaking views
Unique experience
Hot chocolate
Hot pools


Enjoy a trip through the magnificent West Glacial canyon. This trip is ideal for those who want to enjoy a relaxing trip and take in some breathtaking scenery. For family rafting the West is the best. The West Glacial River is classed 2-3.

All of our trips start and end from our onsite boathouse. Our friendly and professional guides will provide you with all of the equipment needed for tackling our famous glacial rivers. We provide wetsuits, dry tops, helmets, buoyancy aids /life jackets and rafting booties. All you need to bring is your swimsuit, a warm long sleeve fleece and a towel. Optional extras are a sense of humour and adventure!

We will then take a 20 minute drive towards the West Glacial river. At the rafting put in your trip leader will give a full safety brief. You will then be divided into crews and assigned a boat and most of all your guide. Once on the river we will enter the canyon with its high walls and amazing geology. Along the way we may stop for a unique hot chocolate and for a spot of cliff jumping for the brave ones. The bus will be waiting at the takeout for the short drive back to the base where the hot pools await. Trip time is ca. 2.5-3 hours.

We run trips on the West Glacial River daily at 09.30 and 13.00 (minimum 4 people). The minimum age is 12 years. Any children younger must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian.

Supplied By: Bakkaflöt

What's included?

  • Wetsuits, jackets, helmets, life jackets and rafting booties. We stop for a unique hot chocolate and when we come back you'll have free entry to hot pools and shower.

What's Required?

  • All you need to bring is your swimsuit, a warm long sleeve fleece and a towel.

How do we get there?

We are located in northern Iceland, Skagafjörður, close to the village of Varmahlið. Once you arrive Varmahlið along the ring road nr. 1, take the road 752 and follow that for 10 km. From the junction you can also follow signs which will guide you to our base.

From Bakkaflöt it is easy to get to Kjölur by following F756. The start to F756 is about 5 km from Bakkaflöt, on the other side of river Svartá.

Bakkaflöt is 37 km from Sauðárkrókur, about 300 km from Reykjavík and about 100 km from Akureyri, the capital of north.

Travel Service Bakkaflöt
560 Varmahlið


GPS Bakkaflöt

  • N65° 27.816
  • W019 20.745

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