Our commitment to international standards
Far more than a small isolated rafting company in North Iceland, we are an active member of the International Rafting Federation and the world’s whitewater community. In an environment where local standards are virtually non-existent, we work with world leaders to bring home the highest standards in the industry. International standards do not come without international experience; last season, our team of 10 came from 8 countries and represented a combined professional rafting experience of 67 years in 14 countries.
How this sets us apart:
− Viking Rafting is the only International Rafting Federation (IRF) recognized company in Iceland, and 1 of only 5 in Europe.
− All of our guides and safety kayakers hold International Rafting Federation certification.
− The 3 founding guides of Viking Rafting are the only IRF-certified Grade 4/5 Rafting Instructors in Iceland, two of whom are the only Grade 4/5 Safety Kayak Instructors in the country.
Our focus on quality
You will not find a team of more highly experienced, trained, or certified river guides in Iceland, we promise you that. Every one of our Trip Leaders, Guides, and Safety Kayakers hold the following certifications:
– International Rafting Federation (IRF) Award, meaning that they meet internationally-approved standards in professional skill and experience (for more on IRF standards, click here)
– Advanced Wilderness First Aid or higher
– Swiftwater Rescue Technician Level 1 or higher
– Many other country-specific qualifications in professional river guiding and instruction (UK, New Zealand, Canada, etc.)
We are the only rafting company in Iceland, and one very few in the world, that provide all of our guests with dry suits. Despite the significant costs of having and maintaining this equipment, we believe it vital to the safety or comfort of our guests in a paddling climate such as ours. Our off-river time is almost entirely dedicated to regular maintenance and repair of our equipment, all of which is done on site, by us.