Go full Viking with a river rafting experience down a glacier river through the breathtakingly beautiful Gullfoss canyon before tasting the best local beer Iceland has to offer
This is a must do tour in Iceland for anyone looking for an exciting activity and a taste of the local culture. Get your adrenaline pumping on a thrilling and beautiful ride down the Gullfoss river going through a stunning canyon and extraordinary landscape. Our expert guides will make sure you have the best experience before taking your taste buds for a whole new trip of their own. Iceland is known for it’s delicious beer and here is your chance to see why. SKÁL!
Jun. - Sept.
7 hours / 4 hours
Meet on location
20 years old
Reykjavik / Drumboddsstadir
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- River Rafting in Hvita river
- Icelandic Beer Tasting (4 different beers)
- Bruarhlod canyon
- Hot sauna after the rafting
- All equipment for River Rafting
- Certified guide
- Entry to sauna and shower
- Taste of four Icelandic beers
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 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.
Clothing: Warm undergarments, preferably fleece or wool. Warm socks and a sweater and a change of clothes. Bathing suit & towel.
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
Meet on location means travelling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.
Iceland struggled to seek independence from Denmark and because beer was associated with Denmark it was very much frowned upon. This is what led to the banning of beer. The 1st of March 1989 saw the legalisation of beer in Iceland after 74 years.
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 Special Tours, 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 summer time).
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 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.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at time of booking. The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us. Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.
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.
Drumbó is located about 98 kilometres from Reykjaík. See map for directions.
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.
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"so much fun, goofy time with great beers"
rafting like I have not seen before. We did the lower Gulfoss River and it had some nice class threes that they steered directly into the heart of. Easy and good for beginners. They like to goof around, jump in the water (wetsuits provided). Guides are supurb, fun and friendly. Pretty views in the canyons. When done, we did the beer tasting, excellent Borg beers with the guides and the stories behind Icleand’s longtime prohibition.
"Amazing Guide, Fun Rafting, and Great Bar"
We did the early morning trip at 10:00. The staff was great and our guide could have been an improv comic. He spoke excellent English and was friendly and helpful, talked us through everything we should have expected about the trip. He started the trip off well by getting our group in a good mood. I’ve never been rafting before so I cannot compare the rapids. These seemed pretty tame except for two spots at the beginning of the ride when we had crew-mates thrown from their seats. The guide said they were class 2+ rapids and they can get up to 3+ depending on the rains. I would feel comfortable letting kids 10 and up who were able to swim do this trip. The total trip took about an hour. They stopped a third of the way in so that rafters could jump off a cliff. Our guide was knowledgable about the volcanic rock formations that we passed. The beer tasting and meal they offered after the trip was unexpectedly good. They served lamb steaks with dill sauce, salad, and potato salad. It was delicious and it was one of the beat meals we’ve had in Iceland. Tipping was not expected.