Horse riding and River rafting

Book both horse riding and river rafting. First you start at Syðra-Skörðugil and ride for two hours. Then you drive to Bakkaflöt and go river rafting in West glacial river

21500 ISK
6 hours
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Syðra-Skörðugil guest house

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River Skarðsá
Icelandic horse

Book both horse riding and river rafting. First you start at Syðra-Skörðugil and ride for two hours. Then you drive to Bakkaflöt and go river rafting in West glacial river.

We ride towards the river Skarðsá and back. In this tour you will be amazed how this small, unique Icelandic horse can steal your heart. For riders with no riding skills as well as advanced riders. We provide riding equipments such as saddle, bridles, helmet and raincoats if needed.

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.

Supplied By: Bakkaflöt

What's included?

  • 5mm thick wetsuit
  • Helmet
  • Lifejacket
  • Shoes
  • Dry top
  • Full safety brief

What's Required?

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Long sleeve thermal underwear or thing fleece
  • Hiking socks
  • Sunblock
  • Camera
  • Small snack

How do we get there?

Starting location: Syðra-Skörðugil.

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Pre-trip information

At the start of your trip the trip leader will ask you to sign a liability release waiver. We will also ask you 2 important questions.

1. Can you swim?

2. Do you have any medical conditions we need to be aware of?

Please answer these questions honestly. We can still take non swimmers rafting for the West River but its nice to know so we can help you a little more. We can also give you a free lesson on the river if you wish.

Please advise us of any medical conditions that you may have no matter how trivial they are.
This is so that we are able to help you in a more efficient manner should you have any problems on the river. We are also able to take medication in a waterproof box should you need it during your trip. Bakkaflöt will not take pregnant ladies rafting due to the risk involved with adventure sports.

Cancellation policy

Bakkaflöt reserves the right to cancel or curtail any trip at short notice due to the prevailing weather conditions or a safety compromise.

Bakkaflöt reserves the right to refuse participation in rafting activities to those deemed dangerous to themselves and others. We advise you not to drink alcohol excessively 12 hours prior to the start of your trip.


When booking your rafting trip you will be asked for a credit card number to confirm you booking. Your card will not be charged until you arrive for your trip. All card numbers are destroyed once payment has been taken.

Should you cancel your trip the same day as your departure we will charge your card with the full cost of the trip. We are flexible in case of an accident or sickness.

Should you cancel your trip the day before your departure we will charge your card 50 % of the trip fee per person.

If you do not attend your rafting session and fail to contact us, we will charge your card with the full cost of the trip.

Should Bakkaflöt cancel your trip we will give a 100% refund.
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