West Glacial River Rafting Trip

    Price from 14.850 ISK PER PERSON.
    Departure time 09.30 and 13.00
    Duration 3 hours
    Available May-September
    Operated Daily
    Departure from
    Bakkaflöt, Varmahlíð

    Enjoy a river rafting 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 river rafting the West is the best. The West Glacial River is classed 2-3.

    River Rafting Tour Information

    All of our river rafting 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. 3 hours.

    We run river rafting 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.

    For each rafting trip we will provide you with the following equipment:

    • Longjohn style wetsuit
    • Neoprene river booties (shoes)
    • Splash Jacket
    • Personal floatation device (lifejacket)
    • Helmet

    You need to provide:

    • Swimwear
    • Towel (don’t worry if you forget yours, we have plenty to borrow)
    • Long sleeve thermal underwear or a thin fleece

    Our rafting takes place on glacial rivers where the water is cold all year around. Once you get cold it is very hard to get you warm again. By bringing the correct thermal clothing you reduce the possibilities of becoming cold. Please do not bring any cotton products with you to wear on the river. If you are too warm on the river we can think of many creative ways to cool you down, for example cliff jumping.

    Other optional things to bring with you:

    • Woollen socks or hiking socks (remember, no cotton socks)
    • Sunblock (yes, you can get sunburn in Iceland)
    • Camera
    • Small snack (for the bus ride)
    • 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

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

    We reserve 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.


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

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