If you haven’t visited Iceland yet, then you are missing out on something extremely amazing and mesmerizing. When in Iceland, there are plenty of adventurous activities that you can try, from paragliding, snorkeling, diving, to riding a snowmobile on the glacier and many more things. Apart from this, there is one adventure activity that you need to try at least once in your life. River rafting in Iceland is once in a lifetime experience and one must try rafting in the Hvítá River. Yes, for adventure enthusiasts, this seems extremely exciting and gives an adrenaline rush too! So, why not to go on a rafting tour to the Hvítá river. Let’s get to know more about this adventure tour.
Gullfoss Canyon Rafting Amidst the Beautiful Landscape
A perfect way to start and spend your whole day. River rafting in the Hvítá river is something that you cannot afford to miss. Enjoy the landscape and the natural environment closely as you glide through the river. There is a stunning canyon just beneath the infamous Gullfoss waterfall that makes a perfect place for rafting. Cruise down the glacier river of Hvítá that runs all the way from Langjökull Glacier. The river has sculptured the landscape of the canyon over the past hundreds of years, making it one of the most beautiful locations in the Golden Circle. You will be sailing through Brúarhlöð Canyon, a breath taking canyon that is often hidden from most travelers. The canyon includes grand rock formations and you can see how the water of the glacier river has carved out the walls of the canyon. We will stop the boats in Brúarhlöð to take in the view and those who want can also jump from Brúarhlöð cliffs into the glacial river of the canyon. The perfect end to the river rafting adventure.
Fret not, if you have not tried rafting before. This tour to the rafting in Hvítá river is ideal for everyone, from beginners to the advanced. The professional tour guides will make it much easier for you and will guide you throughout the rafting. All the rafting equipment will be given at the time of rafting, so do not worry about the safety.
Useful information on the Tour
Spare out some time and spend some time feeling the true adventure when rafting through this magnificent canyon. The rafting takes around 60-90 minutes but afterwards you can relax in a hot sauna and use the showers. You can also have a delicious local meal, a lamb barbecue, in the rafting restaurant or just grab a drink at the bar. You can add the dinner or the local beer tasting to your booking in the booking process.
This tour starts with a pick up in Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland. It is also possible to book this tour as a self driving tour, where you will meet your guides at the river rafting location in Drumboddsstaðir, Golden Circle. Find the self driving river rafting tour here. The complete tour will take approximately 7 hours and this includes the driving from Reykjavik to Drumboddsstaðir as well. Minimum age to join the tour is 11 years and the tour is available from May through September. One group will have 12 member who will be accompanied by a trained tour guide and a rafting instructor.
Experienced and qualified river rafting guide
Pick up from Reykjavik
Scenic drive in a minibus from Reykjavik to the river rafting location.
Entry to sauna and shower facilities
Wetsuit, life-vest, helmet and all equipment for rafting
Food & Beverages
What to bring
Warm undergarment clothing including fleece/wool sweater and pants
A change of clothing
Good to know
- It is possible to book this tour as a self driving tour where you will meet your river rafting guide at Drumboddstaðir in the Golden Circle. Find it here.
- The pick up time for this tour is at 13.00.
- You can choose your pick up location in the booking engine.
- Do not worry if you have not tried rafting before. This tour to the rafting in Hvítá river is ideal for everyone, from beginners to the advanced.
- Total duration of the tour is approximately 7 hours. This includes driving from Reykjavik to the river rafting location.
- You will be river rafting for around 60-90 minutes.
- Although you don´t need to swim while river rafting, we recommend that you can. We prefer everyone on this tour to be able to swim or at least comfortable with floating in water.
- This tour is suitable for both single travelers, groups and families.
- This tour is not suitable for pregnant women.
- The minimum age for this tour is 11 years.
- Food is not included in this tour, but if you would like to have a local meal (traditional lamb BBQ) after the river rafting you can add it to your booking in the booking process.
- It is possible to book a local beer tasting after the river rafting. You can find it in the booking process.
- All rafting trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. We do not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking the trip, stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.
Most frequent questions and answers
This tour includes a pick up in Reykjavik. Choose your pick up location in the booking engine and our drivers will pick you up around 13.00. It would be great if you could leave your phone number in the booking process so we can contact you if there will be any changes to your pick up time.
Driving time to Drumboddstaðir from Reykjavík is around 1 hour & 28 minutes in good road conditions.
We always recommend to book as soon as you are ready especially if you have a strict travel schedule or a large group. This is a small group tour so it gets fully booked pretty quickly. It is easy to change or cancel the tour 24 hours before departure by emailing us. Tours can also be purchased the day of departure as long as there are spaces available.
Wear warm undergarment clothing including fleece/wool sweater and pants. You will get a wetsuit, life vest and helmet for the river rafting.
If the tour gets cancelled, for example due to weather, we will let you know as soon as possible and you can choose between rescheduling the tour or receiving a full refund.
Do not worry if you have not tried rafting before. This tour to the rafting in Hvítá river is ideal for everyone, from beginners to the advanced.
No, because of the cold no river rafting tours are held during the winter season. This tour is available from May to September.
The minimum age for this tour is 11 years.
Yes, there are toilets at the river rafting camp that you are more than welcome to use. Unfortunately we cannot offer any bathroom breaks during the tour itself.
We provide you with a wetsuit, life-vest, helmet and all equipment for rafting
No, this tour is not suitable for pregnant women.
Although you don´t need to “swim” while river rafting/canoeing, we recommend that you can. Thus, we prefer everyone on this tour to be able to swim or at least comfortable with floating in water.
If you have a waterproof camera then you can bring it to the tour. We do not recommend bringing a camera that is not 100% waterproof to the tour – it will get ruined.
Yes, we provide life jackets for everyone on the tour.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified river guide in every boat.
In Drumboddsstaðir you will find a reception, bar, seating area inside and out, showers and a sauna. You can buy an Icelandic traditional meal or beer tasting after the river rafting. Add it to your booking engine when booking the tour.
Yes, we recommend that you bring extra set of clothing as you might get wet in the River Rafting. This means that you can get a hot shower and a sauna and change to dry clothes after the rafting adventure.
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