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Rafting & Whale Watching

Whale Watching & Rafting

A morning of whale watching in the seas around Reykjavik and an afternoon of paddling rapids on the Hvítá river!

Boat Tours Rafting Whale-Watching

Spend the day on the wet side of life and go whale watching on Faxaflói bay and white water rafting down Gulfoss Canyon. A full day of activities and fun!

  • Availability

    May 15th - September 15th

  • Duration

    8am - 7pm

  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    11 years

  • Ratio


  • Price from

    26.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Whale watching
River rafting
Reykjavík old harbor
Hvítá river
Transfer from Reykjavík and back
Whale watching with an informative guide
River rafting with an experienced guide
Hot sauna and shower facilities

Come and join this amazing wildlife sightseeing experience!

Pick up: 8:00 from your Reykjavík accommodation. Please note, that the pick up can take up to 30 min.

The day starts with a pick up from your accommodating travel guide (by Special Tours). Following is an unforgettable boat journey into the world of whales and seabirds. From Reykjavik’s old harbor, we sail into the ocean wilderness to get up close and personal with whales in their natural habitat. The most commonly spotted are minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises, and humpback whales, with the occasional appearance of fin, sei, and killer whales (orcas). Along the way, we find ourselves in the company of gannets, guillemots, cormorants, kittiwakes, arctic terns, and many more. The trip also takes us past several islands inhabited by colonies of puffins– a marine birder’s paradise and photographer’s dream!
Upon landing, your ride awaits to take you to our Drumbo rafting base for a splash on the Hvita river! This 7km trip takes us through crashing waves and exciting rapids as it winds its way through a series of spectacular canyons. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to swim in the glacial water and challenge yourself by jumping off a cliff into the river! Wrap up the adventure with a hot shower and a sauna before returning back to Reykjavík.

Remember to bring: Packed lunch, warm sweater (no cotton), bathing suit, towel and a change of clothing.

You can rent a towel when booking the tour for an extra charge.

What are the facilities like at Drumbo Base Camp?

The Drumbó Base Camp has a reception, bar, sitting area inside and out, a hot tub, showers and a sauna. It’s pretty much the perfect rafting base, or at least we think so… 🙂

What should I bring/wear on the river rafting tour?

For lower body: Swimming wear to (or a change of underclothing) to wear under your rafting pants and/or for the sauna/hot tub. For the upper body: Bring a warm fleece or a wool sweater to wear under your rafting jacket (it will get wet), warm woolen socks, any necessary medications (asthma inhalers, etc.) and a towel to dry off after your trip. Everything else we will provide.

Do I have to know how to swim to go on river rafting with Arctic Adventures?

Yes, absolutely, each paddler on a rafting boat has to know how to swim.

What is the minimum age for a participant on a river rafting tour with Arctic Adventures?

On the Gullfoss Canyon Rafting the minimum age is 11 years if accompanied by a guardian.
On the Wonderful West the minimum age is 6 years if accompanied by a guardian.
On the Beast of the East the minimum age is 18 years.
On the 3 Day River Rush the minimum age is 18 years.

Can I bring my camera with me on the raft?

Yes, you can bring your camera if you like, but if it is not 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/guides is not a guaranteed thing though 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.

Is there a guide in each river rafting boat?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified river guide in every boat.

How does the river grading system work?


Fast moving water with very small waves and without obstructions. Passages are obvious and easily navigated. Risk to swimmers is slight; self-rescue is easy.


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+.


Rapids with strong currents, large waves, powerful hydraulics, and obstructions that may be difficult to avoid. Controlled manoeuvres 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.


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.


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.


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.

All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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