The breathtakingly beautiful Gullfoss waterfall is getting to be world famous for being powerful and scenic. It flows through a great canyon filled with glacier water and mesmerizing landscape. One of the absolute best ways to explore the canyon is by river rafting through it. This activity is somewhat a local sport in Iceland as groups of friends and family seek the activity to celebrate or to enjoy an exciting adventure day together. The tour starts from Drumbó, a charming farm near the Golden Circle route. There you will be handed all the proper gear and our expert guides will go through how to use the equipment and give you helpful tips for the experience ahead. Next, we will all join in an old school bus which the Arctic team renovated after the US army left their base in Keflavík, 2006. We will drive down to the Hvítá river where a safety briefing is held before the boats are dragged into the river. Now the real excitement starts as we make our way through the canyon, splashing and paddling in an extraordinary landscape. This experience is one for the books!
After the tour, we will return to the Drumbó base again for a quick shower and sauna (optional) before getting a history lesson in Iceland beer and beer culture. By then your mouth will definitely be all watery and longing for a nice cold beer and that’s when we bring in the actual Icelandic beer tasting; a platter of 4 local favorites for you to enjoy.
If you wish to have something nice to eat with the tasty beers we recommend adding the lamb BBQ extra. You really can’t go more Iceland local than this!
Pick-up Information: Pick up service is only available for the afternoon departure (14:00 pm), the pick up starts at 12:30 pm. Pickup can take up to 30 minutes. Meet on location: If you prefer to meet us on location the tour begins at 11:00 am & 15:0...)
Pick-up Information: Pick up service is only available for the afternoon departure (14:00 pm), the pick up starts at 12:30 pm. Pickup can take up to 30 minutes.
Meet on location: If you prefer to meet us on location the tour begins at 11:00 am & 15:00 pm. Please be at Drumboddstaðir 15 minutes prior.
Please note: If you don’t drink alcohol or are under the age of 20 we recommend booking the Gullfoss canyon rafting tour. You can also add the BBQ part to the standard Gullfoss Canyon rafting.
The tour is approximately 3 hours if you meet us on location
Yes, absolutely, each paddler on a rafting boat has to know how to swim.
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.
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/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 provide life jackets for everyone on the tour.
Yes, there is a 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. 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 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.
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.
The Drumbó Base Camp has a reception, bar, seating area inside and out, showers and a sauna. It’s pretty much the perfect rafting base, or at least we think so…
For lower body: Swimming wear (or a change of underclothing) to wear under your rafting pants and/or for the sauna and warm woollen socks.
For the upper body: Bring a warm fleece or a wool sweater to wear under your rafting jacket (it will get wet), any necessary medications (asthma inhalers, etc.) and a towel to dry off after your trip. Everything else we will provide.
It is recommended that you bring a spare set of clothes as you will get wet when participating in Rafting. It will mean that you are able to change into nice dry clothes when the activity is finished.