Viking Rafting: Thrills and happy spills in Iceland’s majestic scenery
By Philip Denvir | Photos: Viking Rafting
For travellers seeking fresh air, breath-taking landscapes and a warm welcome, Iceland is second to none. However, there is one cooperative that is pushing the envelope for adventurous visitors. This is Viking Rafting.
Located in Skagafjörður, north of Iceland and 300 km from the capital of Reykjavik, Viking Rafting is an award-winning river-rafting venture, which is 100 per cent owned and run by the guides – and the only company in Iceland recognised by the International Rafting Federation (IRF). All guides, as well as safety kayakers are certified by IRF and other world recognised institutes.
Ragga of Viking Rafting explains: “we want visitors to experience Iceland in the most unique way.” Viking Rafting always guarantees a safe and exciting and adrenaline filled experience, and it’s one of the very few companies in the world who provide a dry suit to their guests. Of course, all other necessary gear such as life vests, helmets, booties, skull caps and gloves are provided. “All they need to bring is a thrill-seeking sense of adventure,” says Ragga.
The ultimate experience
Since Iceland was established by the Vikings in 874, it has become renowned as a nation of adventurous and hardy folk. Viking Rafting, true to its name, offers just that – a hardy adventure on the water – but with a family friendly twist. It runs a range of rafting tours from beginner- and family-friendly tours to white-knuckle rides for the more adventurous rafter. About halfway along the rivers, the especially courageous can take a plunge from a cliff into the gorge – a must for adrenaline seekers.
Whatever the tour and the level, rafters can expect to enjoy the breath-taking, prehistoric scenery formed by glaciers and volcanoes. “We offer the ultimate whitewater rafting experience in Iceland. The scenery is awesome, and the camaraderie is great,” says Ragga.
A warm welcome
Guests are well catered for out of the water, too, with locally sourced food. There are even surprise midway treats for those who brave the rapids. “We take fun seriously and seek to provide our guests with an unforgettable experience,” says Ragga teasingly. Iceland is a wonderful country, full of wonderful people. There’s no better place for an adventure.
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