River rafting thrills and spills in swirling glacial waters. Lucky kayakers may also get a close-up glimpse of a seal or rare birdlife.
Action lovers and adrenaline seekers will love Iceland’s swirling glacier-fed rivers tearing through narrow volcanic gorges, forming the perfect rapids for adventure rafting. Only one hour from Reykjavik is the stunning Hvita River rushing through the chasm down from Gullfoss waterfall.
Its stunning balance of serene canyons and dramatic rapids is ideal for newcomers who want to experience the white water thrill. Among the best-loved rivers for rafting enthusiasts are Jokulsa River East and Jokulsa River West located in North Iceland near Skagafjordur which both have dramatic waters in glorious surroundings.
Experienced river rafters head to the Holmsa River in the South which has been considered for the Rafting World Championship and offers spectacular backdrops of barren lava, fertile pastures and majestic waterfalls.
One of the most fulfilling ways to experience Iceland’s quiet nature is by kayaking along the many fjords, inlets, and sheltered coastlines. Sea kayaking just off the Icelandic coast is an unforgettable experience especially when you can get up close to curious seals, bird cliffs, and sea caves that are unreachable from land.
Tours for all experience levels are available in the Hvalfjordur Fjord area and lakes near Reykjavik, as well as Stokkseyri in the South, Isafjordur in the Northwest and Seydisfjordur in the East.
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