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West Glacial River Rafting Tour from Varmahlíð, North Iceland provided by Bakkaflot

West Glacial River Rafting Tour from Varmahlíð, North Iceland

West Glacial River Rafting Tour from Varmahlíð, North Iceland
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Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
40
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    40
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Merkigarður, Iceland Bakkaflöt 560 Varmahlíð
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • The minimum age is 12 years. Any children younger must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Departure details
  • Merkigarður, Iceland Bakkaflöt 560 Varmahlíð
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • The minimum age is 12 years. Any children younger must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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Kara S
2 contributions
I was disappointed when I found out our group signed up for this low grade family tour, I wanted action! However, our guide (Mark) quickly caught on to our group’s skill and desire for action and was able to adapt our trip to fit our high expeditions! This ended up being way more fun than I expected and the entire crew was amazing. Although our boat had one guide, the other guides were still fun and interactive from across the River and did their best to make everyone feel safe- thank you Tarzan. Mike and Benji! Scotty, the photographer, did an amazing job getting great photos of the experience, Jose made the bus ride so much fun! Overall an amazing experience. Next time I would choose to do the East River for some more action but would keep the same staff 100%!!!
Written July 24, 2021
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Aurore39
London, UK20 contributions
Aug 2020
We booked the easy rafting tour for our family of 4 and had a great time. The tourist season was quiet due to covid so we were the only ones on the boat with two guides and they were both really friendly, fun and instructive. The ride was not too challenging but it was fun and enjoyable. In a bumpy section of the river, our youngest son fell in the water and one of the guides was incredibly alert and immediately jumped in to "rescue" him - that was quiet impressive, it took the guide a second to work out what was going on and how to handle what could have been a tricky situation. I thought this was a great sign of how experienced and professional the guides were. The hot cocoa stop was fun and we went through some stunning landscape. The company was also flexible and helpful after we had to delay our visit due to unforeseen events and we were able to change the day of our trip. All in all a great experience with great people!
Written September 3, 2020
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Anett-B
Akureyri, Iceland23 contributions
Jul 2021
Definitely has been a great adventure trip with my teens and a memorable experience. The trip was accompanied by excellent guiding from start to finish, and good safety checks throughout the trip. The West Glacial River is a site to experience with stunning scenery and rock formations along the way. The highlights wer the rapids and the jump into the river and swimming back to the river bank. All together a great experience and fantastic for families with teens, school groups, or anyone who enjoys a little adventure and is a secure swimmer.

PS: All the tour guides came out of quarantine and were newly tested.
Written July 3, 2021
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Geert73
Leuven, Belgium50 contributions
Jul 2021
We, a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children age 11, 13,15) did the west glacial river rafting tour in July. As it is class 2/3, it is not the most adrenaline pumping rafting tour, but for my kids it was a first time, and a highlight of our Iceland trip.
Next to rafting, we had a 3m rock-jump into the river, some river floating and also hot-spring hot chocolate.
The hot tub after the trip was refreshing.
recommended.
Written November 3, 2021
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Biggi
Reykjavik, Iceland2 contributions
Great trip, with awesome people. We went two families with three teens and two in the twenties. Jax our guide made the trip alot of fun for everyone as we wanted alot of action and splashing around. We stayed alot of time in the water freely. The bus and equippment was excellent and the hot tub afterwards was also refreshing. We ate at the restaurant afterwards and all services was great. Highly recommend this and next time we will go for the extreme tour.
Written August 8, 2021
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FourJays
Vancouver, WA28 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
We were introduced to the water conditions of the west glacial river rafting tour by this description. This made me a little nervous given that a couple days earlier I had seen a film on the destructive power of volcanic glacial melt. That being said we were assured that it was "small" and our guides Mark and Tom were excellent and very safety conscious. The water conditions were truly unique as the water was full of ash. The trip was a blast, one of the highlights of our trip in Iceland. Enjoyed the quirky British humor of our guides and still use the phrase "row like a sexy Viking" on rafting trips we have since taken. We were given the recommendation for this rafting company through our travel agency in Reykjavik and were not disappointed. The only thing I can say is that the company is hard to find through the TripAdvisor website. Took me sometime to navigate the site to ensure I could give them a good review they deserved.
Written December 31, 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Scarlyk
19 contributions
Had such a good time doing the river rafting, we did the easier route with children age 10, 12 and 15 who all loved the experience. Dry suits meant nobody held back when allowed to jump into the water and everyone was smiling the whole way through.
Our guides were all absolutely lovely with Tarzan and Sumon heading our boat and the “Irish team” zipping around in there closed top canoes. The photos are all amazing (thanks to the photographer’s pro skills)
Dinner was well worth buying afterwards and was enjoyed by all of us and the other family we were chatting with throughout.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for some more adventure especially because of the familial atmosphere, seems like all the staff have a great laugh. Thanks guys!
Written August 3, 2018
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DandC_Fl_USA
FL, USA52 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
We tried the family rafting trip and it was outstanding, some rapids, exciting, just right for us as we had never rafted before. The guides were terrific [they have one guide per raft (5 people per raft) and a safety guide in a kayak]. It was cold and a bit rainy but it didn't matter, Bakkaflot knows how to equip people and the weather didn't matter. On top of a great raft, we stopped for hot cocoa they made from geothermal hot water bubbling up, cliff jumping into the river and afterward we got to use their heat pools. As an note, the road to Bakkaflot is good. We want to return, and try the East river next time, can hardly wait.
Written July 27, 2018
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Exploration727986
Breda, The Netherlands1 contribution
We had a great day! We did the family raft because we didn’t raft before. For the first time is was nice, but for the second time we would go for the extreme tour.
Written June 23, 2018
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Dimple2013
London, UK42 contributions
It was the best river rafting experience ever. I have done many rafting trips around the world and I would rate it as my best experience because of 1) the guides are exceptional and very friendly 2) the river and scenery are stunning 3) we had a lot of fun and it was very adventurous 4) above all it was very safe
Written November 4, 2021
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Just do it! - Extreme river rafting in East Glacier river
I think this tour should be up there with the glacier tours as one of the must-dos in Iceland! It combines great a
patrycjamP1994IS
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Amazing adventure and definitely not the last time!
The weather in Iceland is unstable and surprising, but only for us it was sunny that day. Of course, the water from
sunnusteinn
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Extreme river rafting in East Glacier river - fantastic day!
River rafting in East Glacier river (Austari Jökulsá) is a unique experience that can be recommended without hesita
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EXTREME RIVER RAFTING
Amazing day! Review of West Glacial River Rafting Tour from Varmahlio, North Iceland Pending review What a day! And
Alessandra G
Alessandra G
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Exciting and memorable rafting experience !
We stumbled across this agency while driving from Varmahlíð to Akureyri and decided to try the extreme rafting expe
arnarpall
arnarpall
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Workout with a view
We had an absolutely amazing trip. The guides were great fun and professional. The scenery in Austari Jökulsá is b
Anett-Geologist
Anett-Geologist
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Everybody can do river kayaking.
A wonderful trip with the kids, excellent guiding and nature pure. The sit on top kayaks are excellent for beginner
sirrysif
sirrysif
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Great family fun!
We went kayaking down Svartá river for your girls birthday, she just turned 8. She started the trip out in tow but
814carole
814carole
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Great Extreme Rafting
Great trip with our two early 20s young adult kids. Exciting and fun. Was not as cold as I was afraid it would be.
438riccardol
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A not to miss rafting
Definitely a not to miss rafting. Fun, spectacular, easy but not too much (we tried the family packet). And a great
twofarawayCh
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Extreme River Rafting East Glacial River
This was an amazing trip, even with low water levels in August. All the nepalese guides were very confident, reliab
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Professional crew for River Rafting experience
Great experience. Professional people were helping and gave a sense of safety. My 3 children and husband undertook
Mobile92778
Mobile92778
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Fantastic experience
Had a blast rafting down the river, with two great guides. Drank hot chocolate made with hot spring water and went
Dbenesh
Dbenesh
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White Water trip was awesome !
Great trip. Guides were incredible. Highlight of our trip to Iceland. The lamb soup at the end of our rafting trip
nebbinn
nebbinn
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That river rocks the boat!
I went there rafting with my friends. The guides were amazing, very experienced, adrenalin all the way. Icelandic m
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