About tour

Combine the incredible sights of the Golden Circle, natural hot springs and an enthralling rafting experience on the Hvita River.

Highlights

  • Watch the steam rise from Geysir Hot Springs
  • Visit the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Explore Thingvellir National Park
  • Paddle down the Hvítá River

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.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group
  • Expert guides
Availability May - Sept
Duration 9 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Easy
Minimum age 11
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes
Ratio 1:16 Guide to client ratio

Customer reviews on TripAdvisor

Great tour with awesome guides

eally fun rafting down Gullfoss canyon! Our guides were really funny (like naturally funny and not cheesy-tour haha) and looked like they were having as much fun as we were! But at the same time very professional and informative. Definitely a tour for all experience levels and a great way to start our trip around ring road. If you are considering rafting around the Golden Circle or Reykjavik this is your tour!

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Per Adult
Child (0-12): 112 USD
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What's included

Included

  • Return transfers from Reykjavik
  • Guided tour of the Golden Circle
  • River rafting equipment
  • Hot sauna and shower facilities

What to bring

  • Thermal underwear
  • A change of clothes
  • A bathing suit and a towel

Not Included

  • Meals

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Itinerary

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Golden circle sightseeing in Iceland

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.

Your adventure-filled day will start once we pick you up from your chosen pick-up point in Reykjavik. Pick-up starts at 9 a.m. Please be at your pick-up point 5 minutes early and please note, pick-up may take up to 30 minutes.

FAQ

Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.

Yes, you must be able to swim and feel comfortable in the water. Each paddler on a rafting boat has to know how to swim.

Yes, we have a minimum age limit on all of our river rafting tours.

On the Gullfoss Canyon Rafting, the minimum age is 11 years if accompanied by a guardian.

On the West Glacier River, the minimum age is 6 years if accompanied by a guardian.

On the East Glacier River, the minimum age is 18 years.

Yes, you are allowed to bring your camera with you but if it isn’t waterproof then it will 100% get ruined.

At
Drumbó your options are: bringing a waterproof camera, renting a GoPro from us or buying a disposable waterproof camera.

At Hafgrímsstaðir your options are bringing a waterproof camera or getting a copy of the photo/photos one of the guides takes during the tour. A photographer/guide is not a guaranteed part of the tour, so should you wish to arrange photos in advance, please let us know and we will make sure to have a photographer along on the trip.

Yes, we will provide a life jacket for everyone on the tour.

Yes, there will be specially trained and certified river guide in every boat.

GRADE 1: EASY
Fast moving water with very small waves and without obstructions. Passages are obvious and easily navigated. The risk to swimmers is slight; self-rescue is easy.

GRADE 2: NOVICE
Simple rapids with regular small waves, easy eddies, and gradual bends. Wide, clear channels make navigating easy without scouting. Little manoeuvering is required, and rocks and obstructions are easily avoidable. Rapids that are at the upper end of this difficulty range are designated Class II+.

GRADE 3: INTERMEDIATE
Rapids with strong currents, large waves, powerful hydraulics, and obstructions that may be difficult to avoid. Controlled maneuvers are often required to navigate, although passages are simple and have relatively little objective danger. Scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. Rapids at the lower and upper end of this difficulty range are designated Grade 3- and Grade 3+ respectively.

Grade 4: ADVANCED
Difficult yet predictable rapids with large, irregular waves, boiling eddies, powerful hydraulics, steeper gradient, and some unavoidable obstructions. Passages are often difficult to recognize and require precise boat control and skillful manoeuvering to navigate. Scouting is likely necessary for safe passage, and self-rescue is difficult. Rapids at the lower and upper end of this difficulty range are designated Grade 4- and Grade 4+ respectively.

GRADE 5: EXPERT
Long, powerful, obstructed, and unpredictable rapids that expose paddlers to significant danger. Rapids are steep with large, unavoidable waves and major hydraulics, congested chutes, and many obstructions. Complex, demanding routes require precise boat control, “must make” moves and a high level of mental and physical fitness. What eddies exist may be small, turbulent, and difficult to reach. Scouting is necessary but may be difficult. Swims are dangerous, and rescue is often difficult even for experts. Proper equipment, extensive experience, and practiced rescue skills are essential.

GRADE 6: EXTREME
All previous difficulties increased to the absolute limit of practicability, suitable for teams of specially prepared experts only. Runs of this classification are rarely attempted and often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability, and danger. The consequences of errors are very severe and rescue may be impossible.

Yes, we even have many options for you.
We offer river rafting combined with other activities such as -

Golden Circle
Whale Watching
Horse Riding
ATV
Beer Tasting

We recommend you to bring a spare set of clothes as you might get wet when participating in Rafting. Therefore you can change into nice dry clothes when the activity is finished.