About tour

Spend a day in Iceland like a local! Paddle a raft down the Hvítá River near the Golden Circle, relax in a hot sauna and finish the day off with a cold glass of local beer.


  • Rafting excursion on the Hvítá River
  • Guided tasting of local craft beers
  • Steam session in a hot sauna

Jump on a raft and race down the Hvítá River, home to Iceland's famous Gullfoss Waterfall. The powerful river currents and the surrounding deep canyons guarantee a rafting tour that you’ll remember forever! Open to all skill levels.

What better way to relax after an adrenaline-pumping rafting adventure than with a glass of refreshing craft beer? Enjoy an enlightening beer tasting tour, where you’ll be immersed in  Icelandic culture and taste four different beers in search of your favorite local brew.

Spend an exciting day with your friends and get an authentic insight into Icelandic culture while enjoying a refreshing pint of beer!

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Local Guides
  • Small group
Availability May - Sept
Duration 4 / 7 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Easy
Minimum age 20
Group maximum 12
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes

Customer reviews on TripAdvisor

Rafting and Beer Tasting with BBQ

The rapids were only class II+, but the trip was still really fun. If you've rafted before then I suggest volunteering for the front to make it more fun since the rapids are small. There's a part where the guides let you cliff jump. They also played games in the calmer sections. And some of the guides purposely flipped their rafts for fun. The beer flight was good. And the BBQ was delicious. All in all, the river is a little tame, but the scenery is beautiful and the guides make it very fun.


15 990
Per Adult

What's included


  • All river rafting equipment
  • Certified guides
  • Hot sauna
  • Four types of local beers

What to bring

  • Warm undergarments (preferably fleece or wool)
  • Warm socks and a sweater
  • Extra change of clothes
  • A bathing suit and towel

Not Included

  • Pick-up from Reykjavik (available for an extra fee)
  • Food (you can add a traditional lamb BBQ meal for an extra fee)

Contact us for more Information about this tour



Our rafting and local beer tasting tour begins at our base camp at Drumboddstaðir or Drumbó for short, a charming farm close to the Golden Circle. You can also choose to be picked-up from Reykjavik, which might come in handy if you want to get back to the capital after the beer tasting!

Once we’ve all arrived at base camp, our experienced guides will introduce you to the rafting equipment and answer any questions you may have. When you’re comfortable with the equipment, we’ll board a classy, old school bus. Our team renovated and restored the bus after the US army left its base in Keflavík in 2006. 

We’ll then drive to the Hvítá river and have a safety briefing before launching our rafts into the water. This is when the real fun begins! We’ll paddle through a deep canyon surrounded by rocky landscapes. Be prepared to get splashed — the frothing rapids won’t leave anyone dry!

When the rafting adventure is over, we’ll head back to our base camp. If you want to sit back, relax and warm up, a hot sauna will be waiting for you! You may also freshen up with a hot shower before starting the second part of our tour. 

Once you’re ready, we’ll serve a selection of four Icelandic beers each paired with a spellbinding story told by a local expert touching on Iceland’s relationship with beer. This is your chance to experience, first-hand, Icelandic culture and feel like a true Iceland insider!

  • Pick-up service from Reykjavik is available for the afternoon departure (2 p.m.), the pick-up process starts at 12:30 p.m. and can last up to 30 min.
  • If you prefer to meet on location, please arrive at Drumboddstaðir 15 minutes before the tour starts. The tours begin at 11:00 a.m. and at 3 p.m.
  • We recommend wearing multiple layers. Try to avoid cotton since it holds water and will only make you colder when it becomes wet. Wool, fleece, and synthetics are the best materials to wear. They’ll keep your body warm even if your clothes get wet.
  • The legal drinking age in Iceland is 20. Participants must be older than 20 and bring a valid ID to take part in the beer tasting. Please bring your ID.

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