Gullfoss Canyon Rafting
River Rafting in Hvítá River
Enjoy beautiful landscape from a new angle! Rafting down the Hvítá river is a splendid way to spend the day.
Just below the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, a magnificent canyon makes up a fantastic rafting location. Enjoy beautiful landscape from a new angle! Rafting down the Hvítá river is a splendid way to spend the day. You do not need any prior rafting experience for this adventure and it’s great fun for all ages. This tour is for everyone that enjoys a little adventure in an outstanding landscape.
May 14th - September 15th
3 hours - 6 hours with the driving
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- River rafting
- Hvítá River (pronounced kvee-tow)
- Brúarhlöð canyon (Bruarhlod canyon)
- Hot sauna after the river rafting
- Wetsuit, life-vest, helmet and all equipment for rafting
- Entry to sauna and shower facilities
- Guidance by a certified rafting guide
Gullfoss Canyon Rafting can be available with both pick up and as meet on location.
Pick up: Pick up service is only available for the afternoon departure (14:00), the pick up starts at 12:00 pm. Pickup can take up to 30 minutes.
Meet on location: If you prefer to meet us on location the tour begins at 10:00 AM & 14:00. Please be at Drumboddstaðir 15 minutes prior to departure.
Rafting down the Hvítá River is a magnificent way to enjoy the Icelandic nature in a different way. Cruise down the great glacier river running all the way from Langjökull glacier, Iceland’s second biggest glacier, and take in the incomparable surroundings that the roaring river has created over the years, with Brúarhlöð canyon as one of the highlights. The canyon has grand rock formations and portholes and you can see how the water has sculptured the breccia walls. Hvítá river also feeds the grand waterfall, Gullfoss, that is one of them most visited attractions in Iceland. After the raft, you can relax in the sauna at Drumbó, enjoy a grilled lamb meal in our restaurant or a drink at the bar.
Clothing: Warm undergarments, preferably fleece or wool. Warm socks and sweater and a change of clothes. Bathing suit & towel.
The tour is 3 hours in duration if you meet us on location.
Drumbó is located about 98 kilometers from Reykjaík. See map for directions.
The Drumbó Base Camp has a reception, bar, sitting 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 to (or a change of underclothing) to wear under your rafting pants and/or for the sauna. 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.
Yes and we even have many options for you 🙂 We offer river rafting combined with beer tasting, whale watching, horse riding, ATV’s and of course the Golden Circle.
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/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.
Yes, we provide life jackets for everyone.
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.
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.
Price from 13.990 ISK per person.
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"So Much Fun!!"
We had so much fun river rafting on our Arctic Adventure ~ This is a great outing to have with family and friends! The guides and staff were friendly, knowledgeable and easy to interact with!! We laughed a lot!! It was not hard or strenuous but, you do need to be able to move quickly and put in some effort. Be prepared to get at least a little wet; it was cold for a second, then the gear provided kicks in and keeps you warm. We are a family of 5; 22 & 20 year old son & daughter & 16 year old cousin ~ absolutely worth doing!!
“Incredible white water rafting”
Spent an amazing afternoon rafting with AA! The guides were sublime, a really great group of hilarious guys who made it so much fun on the rapids. All equipment was provided and we were well briefed on safety etc. Pick up from reykjavik was seamless, couldnt ask for a better experience. I can’t recommend this tour highly enough.
“Stellar time at the Gullfoss Canyon Rafting!”
All I can say is WOW! What an awesome time! I booked our family of 4 for a fun time on the glacial rapids and it was even better than expected. Their base in Drumbó is super accommodating with free coffee and water while you’re waiting and change rooms to get dressed in. They even have a sauna ready to use once you get back from the freezing rapids! Our guides were a bunch of great guys from around the area or from abroad. They were professional with their safety advice and instruction on how to get the rafting outfits on, but were also very funny so it was never a bore to listen to them talk. We definitely appreciated that. Each raft had it’s own knowledgeable guide. Ours was awesome. I believe his name was Mike. He had us do some work with the paddling so definitely be ready to do lots of that. The tour was a few hours long and was a great time. There were “splash wars” between the rafts and lots of laughs. We even got the option to do some cliff jumping into the river from 5 metre, and 7 metre cliffs at one point. The water was absolutely frigid but it was such an exhilarating experience to try it out. Towards the end we had some great times playing different raft games with balancing and getting to fall into the water. Keep in mind that you will probably be going into the water, so be prepared with wool long johns, shirts, fleece/wool sweaters, and wool socks to wear underneath your suits. Only one person out of the 9 of us didn’t go in, and so all of the wool stuff underneath was vital in keeping some kind of warmth. Don’t bring cotton stuff to wear underneath! I definitely recommend doing this specific tour with this company. It was a wonderful time and if I’m ever back I will be doing this again!
“Gullfoss Canyon with school-group”
We had a blast down Hvítá – 24 pupils aged 17-19 – with you guys. It was the second day of the season, and we were pampered through and through. Competent guides (and pleasant and funny), good pre-trip instructions, top security – and GREAT fun. The class 15ð from Glasir in Tórshavn, the Faroe Islands, sends thumbs up and warm recommendations. We’ll do it again, some day
“Rafting fun in Iceland”
I went on the Gullfoss Canyon rafting day tour and it was super fun. The guides were experienced and very thorough about safety practices. I had never gone rafting before but now I look forward to doing it again, plus the guides made kayaking look awesome so I want to try that as well. The post-rafting sauna was blissful.