Rafting on the Iller
Rafting tours on the Iller
The Iller, a river in the south of the Allgäu region, is a great spot to experience white water rafting. Rafting on the Iller is an adventurous outdoor activity that takes - depending on the chosen tour - between 3h and 5.5h. The rafting activities take place in the area around Oberstdorf and Sonthofen and can be reached by car in about 2h from Munich and about 1h from Lindau, a city on the shore of Lake Constance.
The conditions on the Iller are perfect if you want to try out rafting for the first time. However, the tours comprise varying levels of difficulty and in addition to rafting, rides in a Canadian raft and kayaking trips are offered. Thus, everyone from families with kids from the age of 5 to people looking for a real outdoor adventure will find a suitable tour and be able to enjoy rafting on the Iller to the fullest.
Furthermore, and irrespective of the rafting activity chosen, the beautiful landscape of the Allgäu will inspire you. While doing rafting on the Iller, you are surrounded by green meadows, small forests and majestic mountain ranges of the Allgäu Alps. The cliffy peaks of the Großer Krottenkopf (2656m), the highest mountain around, and the Nebelhorn (2224m), which can be reached by gondola, are just 2 of the many mountains surmounting the region that are definitely worth a visit.
The Iller is a mountain river that collects the water of the mountainous region at the border to Austria. From Oberstdorf, the Iller makes its way to the north and after a journey of 146km, it flows into the Danube river close to Ulm. For rafting on the Iller, usually the about 10km long stretch between Oberstdorf and Sonthofen is used. However, the exact rafting routes depend on the weather conditions as well as the water flow of the Iller and will be determined by the provider.
The most common meeting points for the rafting tours on the Iller are located in Blaichach, a village next to Sonthofen. Although they can be reached rather comfortably by train from Munich and Lindau, it is highly recommended to come by car. This is due to the way the rafting tours are organized: At the meeting point you get to know your rafting guide, who gives an introduction, explains the process and hands out the equipment. Then, you drive to the exit point at the Iller first, where some of the cars are parked. The rest of the cars is used to bring the whole group to the entry point.
Before the actual rafting on the Iller begins, a safety briefing is held. Then it gets really exciting: you jump into the water and get on board of your raft. Once all are seated, the adventurous ride on the Iller and through the amazing rural landscape starts. At the end of the rafting tour, you pick up all the cars and ride back to to the meeting point.
The best rafting providers for tours on the Iller
Map-erlebnis.de: The tours of this provider start at the rafting base in Blaichach, which is located right next to the restaurant “Zum Schiff”. The young and motivated team of guides is eager to ensure that you have a fun time.
Spirits of Nature: This provider is based in Burgberg and has 20 years of experience in organizing rafting tours. The focus is on personal care and flexibility - the meeting point is arranged individually.
That's special about rafting on the Iller
In addition to the conventional whitewater rafting, several kayaking and Canadier rafting tours, including a package designed for company trips, are offered. These tours are particularly adventurous and exhilarating.
When kayaking on the Iller every participant sits in his own slim and agile vehicle. The Canadian is a special type of canoe that can accommodate 2-4 people. Both of these activities are packed with action and take fun to its limits. This is also due to the fact that navigating the smaller boats is much more demanding than the typical rafting on the Iller. Almost certainly you will roll over and dive into the Iller more than once.
As the name suggests, the company special is a package specifically designed for company or club trips. On this tour, you tackle the waves of the Iller in teams of 2 or 3 in a Canadian style canoe. Teambuilding activities and a hearty BBQ at the end of the tour round off an exciting and memorable day.