RIVER RUSH - 3-DAY RAFTING ADVENTURE

Day 1: The bus departs from Akureyri at 8:30 and you will be in Varmahlíð by 09:45.  Pick up from the bus stop in Varmahlíð and a 15 km drive takes you to ther base camp. There you will meet your guides and fellow participants and go over the order of events and general plan for the trip. Here we fit you with a dry suit and all necessary rafting equipment, and provide you with a dry bag for your personal gear. After making sure that everyone is fully packed and adequately prepared, we load up and begin the adventure! We spend the next 4 hours traveling the deserted backcountry roads into the highlands of Iceland's rugged interior. With the majestic Hofsjökull Glacier looming on the horizon, we negotiate the vast expanse of the Sprengisandur Desert, fording rivers and streams, and arriving in Laugarfell in time for a hearty meal and a relaxing soak in the natural thermal pool under the late night sun. A night of restful sleep in one of the mountain cabins should be our final preparation for the adventures that lie in the days ahead.

Day 2:  Wake up to the smell of freshly made coffee and energize yourself with a hot breakfast feast. After packing up we set off on a 20-minute off-road excursion to our put-in. While the guides make final equipment preparations and load the gear raft, your trip leader will give you a full safety briefing and any necessary instruction. Now we are ready to hit the water! The first hour is a meandering float down the milky glacial runoff, a time your guide will use to train you up until they are confident in your team's ability to successfully negotiate the rapids that lie ahead. Because once the action starts, it is unrelenting for most of the day! The river's gradient suddenly steepens as you face continuous and technical class 3/4 'boulder garden' rapids, a nonstop rush that will challenge your nerves as much as your muscles! After about 3 hours the river's fury finally settles down, where we break for lunch at the river's edge to rest up and refuel the tanks. Another hour-long 'cool-down' stretch lies between us and tonight's riverside backcountry hut. Spend the evening relaxing in good company with a well-deserved dinner and warm drinks, and resting up for a second round of whitewater action tomorrow.

Day 3:  Today's section begins with an easy warm-up float through the lush greenery of the Austurdalur valley. After about an hour the landscape begins to change quickly and dramatically, and as we commit ourselves renowned lower gorge of the East Glacial River, you will notice a stark contrast to the previous day's lanscape and rapids. This 80m deep volcanic rock gorge is home to some of Iceland's most spectacular whitewater and mind-blowing scenery alike. The nonstop rush through big waves and steep pool-drop class 3/4+ rapids will get your adrenaline surging for the next two hours! Once successfully through the major rapids, we pull over for riverside lunch and cliff jumping session. From here, we raft the remaining few kilometers of the East to its confluence with the West Glacial River, where you will have a final opportunity to unwind on the raft, take in the majestic surroundings, or go for one last invigorating dip in the river! Upon our arrival back in Varmahlíð, we welcome you to our summer cottages where the rewards await: a steaming stone hot pool, a mouth-watering barbecue feast with your guides and fellow rafters, a glass of wine, and perhaps a farewell party!
You take the late evening schedule bus back to Akureyri.


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