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Riverjet Cruises Available in Iceland

Travelers to Iceland can now cruise a river at 75 kilometers per hour on riverjets, specially equipped speedboats, for the first time. This service is being offered by the company Iceland Riverjet on Hvítá river in west Iceland.

River rafting on Hvítá. Now river jetting is available there too. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The company is run by two Norwegians, Ingrid Tho and her partner Cato Bergnord, who scouted Hvítá as a favorable location for river jetting when they came to Iceland as tourists and did a tour of the Golden Circle, Morgunbladid reports.

“We saw that this is the perfect place to operate such boats,” Tho said. Bergnord has experience with operating a river rafting company in Norway but as it is prohibited to operate motorized vehicles on rivers in Norway, a different location had to be sought for river jetting.

The riverjets carry 11 passengers and they are driven by an employee of the company. Each tour takes about two hours, of which 50 minutes are spent on the river. The only condition travelers have to fulfill is the ten-year age limit.

“We sail the boats and our passengers won’t fall into the river or jump off cliffs. It isn’t extreme in any way and not dangerous. People are just supposed to take a seat in the boat, relax, enjoy the view and the entertainment,” Tho said.

The company’s operations have been approved by the Icelandic Maritime Administration and the goal is to offer tours all year round. “We assume that there will be fewer days for sailing over the winter but we hope we can offer tours whenever there is demand.”

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