Cape Tours

CapeTours is a small family business owned and run by Þórunn and Bjarni from their home in the rual village Grenivík. Both are outdoor enthusiasts with a love for nature.

„We belive that nature should be taken care of and due to how dellicate the Icelandic fauna is we only have small private groups (5 – 6 people max.).“

– Bjarni Arason

Þórunn and Bjarni are keen on slow travel and engurage people to stay at one place longer, rather than visiting more places on the go.

“Slow travel is not so much a particular mode of transportation as it is a mindset. Rather than attempting to squeeze as many sights or cities as possible into each trip, the slow traveler takes the time to explore each destination thoroughly and to experience the local culture.”

– Sarah Schlichter

Bjarni is CapeTours guide and expert on the outdoor living and experience. His love for nature starts in the Danish scouts when he was 6 and he has been sailing canoes and building shelters ever since. Canoeing turned into seakayaking later on and Bjarni has been instructing in both sports for about 10 years. Bjarni does not stop at sea level as he hikes (mainly looking for sheep), skiies and snowboards aswell. Bjarni has a bachelor decree in tourism.

Þórunn is the definition of an Icelandic farm girl. Growing up on a Icelandic sheep farm has given her a good sence for Icelandic animals and fauna. Be it berries or flowers, birds or mice, she knows. She has been angling for trout since she could hold the rod and riding the Icelandic horse since she could sit. If you ask nicely she might even make you a traditional Icelandic lamb stew. Þórunn has a bachelor decree in biotechnology.

 

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Viking Rafting Iceland

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

QUALITY GUIDES.

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.)

QUALITY EQUIPMENT.

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.

Office:
Hallgrímsstaðir
560 Varmahlíð
Skagafjörður

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