River Rafting in Gullfoss Canyon – Hvítá Glacial River

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Duration

3 hours

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

Small Groups

Available

May - Sep

Minimum age

11 years

Pick up / Self Drive

Self Drive

Languages

English

Operator
Tour starts

Drumboddsstaðir

Duration

3 hours

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

Small Groups

Available

May - Sep

Minimum age

11 years

Pick up / Self Drive

Self Drive

Languages

English

Days

Day Tour

Departures

Drumboddsstaðir

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Experience the thrill of white-water rafting in Iceland’s stunning Gullfoss Canyon.

Highlights

  • Gullfoss Canyon

About Tour

This tour takes you on a thrilling journey through the rapids of the Hvítá River, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the canyon. You’ll be guided by experienced rafting guides who will ensure your safety while you navigate the rapids and take in the stunning views. Whether you’re an experienced rafter or a first-timer, this tour is sure to be a highlight of your Iceland adventure. Book now for an unforgettable experience!

Itinerary - Gullfoss Canyon Rafting

Embark on an exciting and unforgettable journey through the heart of Iceland’s beautiful Gullfoss Canyon. This white-water rafting tour takes you on a thrilling adventure through the rapids of the Hvítá River, surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the canyon.

You’ll start your journey by meeting your experienced and highly-trained rafting guides, who will provide you with all the necessary safety equipment and give you a brief on the tour. After that, you’ll hop on your raft and begin your descent down the river. As you navigate the rapids, you’ll be surrounded by the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the canyon, with its towering cliffs and lush greenery.

The Hvítá River is classified as a class II-III river, making it perfect for both experienced rafters and first-timers. The rapids are challenging enough to be exciting, but not so difficult that they’re impossible to navigate. The guides will be with you every step of the way to ensure your safety and provide expert instruction.

River Rafting in Iceland, Canyon Rafting in Golden Circle

The tour lasts for around 3 hours, during which you’ll have the opportunity to take in the breathtaking scenery of the canyon, including the famous Gullfoss waterfall, which is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions. After your rafting adventure, you’ll be returned to the starting point, where you can reflect on the incredible experience you just had and share stories with your fellow rafters.

This tour is the perfect way to experience the natural beauty of Iceland while getting an adrenaline rush. Whether you’re an experienced rafter or a first-timer, this tour is sure to be a highlight of your Iceland adventure. Don’t miss the opportunity to book your spot now and experience the thrill of white-water rafting in the stunning Gullfoss Canyon!

Useful information on the Tour

The starting point of this tour is from the rafting location  at Drumboddstaðir in the Golden Circle. It is also possible to book this tour with a pick up from Reykjavik, find it here. The complete tour will take approximately 4 hours. 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.

Brúarhlöð canyon in the Golden Circle

Included

  • All necessary rafting equipment;
    • wetsuit
    • life-jacket
    • neoprene shoes
    • helmet
    • paddle
  • River Rafting trip down the scenic Hvítá river.
  • Expert River Rafting Guide.
  • Visit to Brúarhlöð canyon via the river. Admission to all sights. 
  • Hot tubs, showers and sauna after the river rafting.
  • Small group experience. Boat that fit 8 to 10 people. 

Highlights

  • Gullfoss Canyon
River Rafting in Iceland, Canyon Rafting in Golden Circle

What to bring

  • Warm wool or fleece sweater and thermal underwear (pants) to wear underneath the wetsuit. 
  • Warm wool socks. 
  • Bathing suit. 
  • Towel
  • Change of clothing if you get wet. 

Good to know

  • It is possible to book this tour with a pick up from Reykjavik. Find it here.
  • 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.
  • The meeting point for this tour is at Drumbó River Base in the Golden Circle. 
  • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to departure. 
  • The minimum age for this tour is 11 years.
  • The duration of the tour is approximately 2,5-3 hours from Drumbó River Base.
  • The level of this tour is listed as easy to moderate. Hvítá is a class 2+ rafting river, which means it’s accessible for most people.
  • There is a restaurant and a bar on location. You can book:
    • BBQ Lamb Feast after the river
    • Hamburger and fries after the river
  • 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 not suitable for pregnant women. 
  • This tour is suitable for both single travelers, groups and families.
  • At the meeting point you can find Changing Rooms, Showers, Hot tubs, Sauna, Restaurant & a Bar.

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FAQ

This tour is available with a pick up from Reykjavik, but you have to book it here. At this page we are only showing the tour that does not include a pick up. 

The meeting point for this tour is at Drumbó River Basein the Golden Circle. 

 

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. 

Yes. 

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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