Rivers in Iceland

  • Two rivers side by side in Jökulsárgljúfur - glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum and the smaller spring-fed Brandslækur creek
Apr 21 2017

Iceland has hundreds of rivers and probably thousands of creeks brooks and streams.  It is a country of water and has more water recourses than most other countries, both cold and hot water. In a report from the University of Iceland a few years ago regarding water as a natural resource, it is concluded that Iceland could hypothetically fulfill all the water demand in a country with a population of 350 million people.  That is like providing the US with all its water demand.  And that is without doing anything like drilling or accessing the underground water.  Only by using the water that leaks on the surface to the ocean every day. There are also many underground rivers that we never see as they float underground to the sea.  By using the water floating beneath the surface, Iceland could hypothetically provide more than 900 million people with water. These were staggering numbers on a planet where water is becoming a scarce resource in many countries.

Some of our most powerful rivers converted to electricity

Compared to the huge rivers in Europe, North America, South America and Asia these ar relatively small rivers. Most of the larger and powerful Icelandic rivers originate in the Highland. That is one reason why Iceland has so many projects like dams and power plants in this remote area of the country.  The rivers are one of the reasons Icelanders have good access to electricity and are almost self-sustainable when in comes to power.  Throughout the last century, Icelanders built many dams and hydroelectric power plants to provide electricity. Many of the projects have caused major political disputes as many feel that the projects are a massive interference into nature.

The rivers that feed the waterfalls

The rivers are also the home of waterfalls.  Consequently, there are many waterfalls in Iceland.  And waterfalls are among the most valued natural wonders and attractions for visitors.  There are at least 30 to 40 stunning waterfalls in Iceland;  waterfalls that are worth visiting and seeing. Some are in glacial rivers, and others are in small spring-fed streams.  They all have their unique character that is often provided by the river they are a part of.  So the rivers in Iceland play a large role in the life of this nation. 

Tours and things to do in the North Region in Iceland

Find an interesting tour in the North Region. A tour from Akureyri or Húsavík to Jökulsárgljúfur. A whale watching tour, a tour to the highland and much more.

River Rafting in Iceland

A rafting tour on a whitewater glacial river floating through a canyon is probably something you can not experience in many places.  Floating in a raft on the strong stream through a magnificent landscape is likely to be once in a lifetime experience for most people. This trip is ideal for those who want to enjoy some adventure but still have a relaxing trip and inhale some breathtaking scenery and landscape as part of the river is quite calm.  For family rafting, the West Glacial River is the best and is classed 2-3. 

River Rafting in Bakkaflöt in the Northern Region

Whale Watching in Húsavík

At Húsavík town in the Northern Region, you are in the whale watching capital of Iceland and possibly the world. This whale watching tour is unique as you take the tour on a traditional Icelandic sailing boat. It is an experience quite unlike any other taking the course under sails aiming to see the magnificent animals of the ocean. It is a combination of adventure and anticipation. 

Whale Watching in Húsavík

Húsavík in the Northern Region is the whale watching capital of Iceland and possibly the world.  North Sailing has operated their tours for more than two decades and is the most experienced whale watching company in Iceland.  It was our first choice when looking for a partner to offer a whale watching tour on Hit Iceland.