Our Hvita River rafting experience coupled with a Golden Circle sightseeing tour is perfect for those who have limited time in Iceland and want to pack as much as possible in one day. Join our expert guides to explore Iceland’s rugged wilderness together with the most prominent sights located on the Golden Circle. Start your day with an exhilarating ride down the Hvita river, soak in a natural hot spring, then spend the rest of the day exploring Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, and Gullfoss Waterfall.
Once everyone is picked up, we’ll head towards Drumboddsstadir, our rafting base near the Gullfoss Canyon. The drive is very scenic and the views will keep you engaged for the entire 4-hour journey. Once we reach the rafting base, our certified rafting guides will instruct you on any necessary safety precautions and hand out essential equipment: a life vest, dry suit, and a paddle. Guides will do most of the paddling, however, you’re more than welcome to help out!
Hvita River originates from the Hvítárvatn Glacier Lake, which is fed by Langjokull Glacier. Azure waters, furiously fast rapids, and the steep walls of the valley all make Hvita River very popular among kayakers and rafters. The river will grab your attention and inspire awe from the moment you step onto the raft until the tour ends in Bruarhlod Canyon. There, those who dare can leap into the water from the surrounding cliffs. When we finally arrive back at the rafting base, everyone will be invited to warm up in a steaming hot sauna.
During the second half of our day, we’ll explore a few major landmarks of the Golden Circle. First, we’ll visit a geothermally active area, where Geysir and his little brother Stokkur reside. Then, we’ll continue towards Gullfoss Waterfall, the place where the Hvita River ends its journey with a thundering roar, cascading down over a three-tiered waterfall that will take your breath away.
Our final stop is Thingvellir National Park, one of the most politically and geographically important places in Iceland. Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that bisects the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. It’s also home to Althingi, world’s first parliament. Thingvellir National Park is on our way back to Reykjavik and we’ll arrive back there in a few hours.