Beast of the East - River Rafting
Class 4+ whitewater rafting in North Iceland on the East Glacial River. The Beast of the East is available as an overnight trip from Reykjavik or a day trip from Akureyri.
An incredible adrenaline adventure awaits you on our legendary, action packed, rafting trip on the The Austari-Jökulsá Glacier River in North Iceland. This Class 4+ white water river powers through the staggeringly beautiful, impressively narrow glacier gorge of Austurdalur valley, and has consistently topped the Lonely Planets list of things to do in Iceland and for good reason. The East Glacier River simply provides the ultimate river rafting experience in Iceland and is rated as one of the top commercially rafted rivers in Europe!
But be warned, this is not a trip for the faint of heart. The Beast of the East has a powerful roar and sharp teeth. The only thing likely to surge in bigger waves then the river will be your adrenaline as we charge the famous East River Rapids. To put it mildly, you will scream out your lungs on the “Screaming Lady”, be lost for words in the “Lost”, beg for mercy in the “Green Room” and face your fears on the 8 meter high jumping rock into the river (optional and depending on conditions). We then round of our trip with a relaxing drift and swim in the calm waters after the confluence of the East and West rivers, as we let the milky glacial water carry us gently to our exit point close to the Last Resort rafting base camp.
As you can see challenging the Beast of the East is no ordinary trip and we can promise you tons of fun, guaranteed bragging rights and memories that will last a lifetime!
Never rafted before? Not to worry! Despite its challenging nature, this trip doesn't demand previous rafting experience. An ability to swim, fitness and enthusiasm for hard physical work (paddling & swimming), and a powerful thirst for adventure are all you need to take on the Beast!
Price (valid 1st May - 15th September 2012)
19.990 ISK per person with out pick up
24.990 ISK per person with pick up from Akureyri
Transportation between rafting base and the river, all equipment needed for the trip, riverside freshments, professional guidance & safety kayakers.
WARM CLOTHING! Warm thermal's are vital, warm fleece top, fleece pants, wool socks and clothes to change into after the tour.
Pick up time
From Akureyri Backpackers at 07:30, every day from 15th June - 31st August.
01st May - 15th September, min 2 persons, max 6 per guide.
Daily from Hafgrímsstaðir rafting base at 09:00.
*departure at 15:00 available for groups upon request.
Duration of trip
6 - 7 hours
10-11 hours with the transfer from Akureyri
4 out of 5 (Demanding)
You want to do it but you're stuck in Reykjavik? There are several options that include busses, flights and a night of local accommodation in North Iceland. Please contact us for further details.
All trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Reykjavik Backpackers and/or the tour operator do not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk.