Saddle-up and paddle down! A morning horseback adventure and an exciting afternoon of river rafting on the mighty Hvitá!


  • Horseback riding
  • Ölfus (Olfus area)
  • Hvítá (Hvita river)
  • Hot sauna after rafting

Trot and gallop on an Icelandic horse and raft down a glacier river in Iceland. This is a fantastic family tour - nature & action combined in one perfect day!

The trip starts at the farm Vellir in Ölfus where the first half of the day is spent riding on Iceland’s beautiful horses whilst exploring the offbeat open nature. This tour gives you a true taste of Icelandic nature and the opportunity to get to experience a ride with the unique Icelandic horses. We provide all the necessary equipment and a friendly horse that fits your skills. What better way to become in sync with Iceland’s nature than on a unique and peaceful horseback riding excursion. Back at Hotel Eldhestar, you can enjoy a light lunch from the buffet.

After lunch, we will make our way to Drumbo base camp, where you will go on your river-rafting adventure down the Hvítá river. The river has a perfectly balanced mix of serene canyons and adrenaline pumping waves and rapids. Join our trip 7 kilometers down the beautiful river and the chance to jump from high cliffs into the glacial water. No one should leave Iceland without experiencing the power of its rivers and the scenic canyons of Brúarhlöð. The rafting is suitable for kids 11 years and older. This truly is the ultimate family activity trip.

Pick up is at 08:00 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides
Availability May - Sept
Duration 11 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 11 years
Ratio 1:12 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes


Per Adult
Child (0-12): 178 USD
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What's included


  • Pick-up from Reykjavík
  • Guided horse tour
  • River rafting on the Hvítá river
  • Light lunch
  • All necessary equipment for both activities

What to bring

  • Warm undergarment clothing including fleece/wool sweater and pants
  • Warm socks
  • A change of clothing
  • Bathing suit & towel
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Headwear and glove

Not Included

  • Lunch

Contact us for more Information about this tour


Yes, you do need to have a valid driving license from your home country.

No, you don’t need to have a specific motorcycle license, a regular driver’s license is enough to be able to join the tour.

Weight limit 140 KG per person – combined weight per ATV / buggy 220 KG

Before starting any of the activities, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their activity.
The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.
Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start.
Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.

As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend having travel insurances that can provide cover if you need to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. We also recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland.

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our super jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

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