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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.

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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.

This tour is available both as a meet on location and with a Reykjavík pick-up.

  • Availability

    May 15th - September 15th

  • Duration

    4 hours / 7 hours with driving

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    11 years

  • Ratio

    1:12

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik / Drumboddsstadir

  • Price from

    13.990 ISK

Tour highlights
River rafting
Hvítá River (pronounced kvee-tow)
Brúarhlöð canyon (Bruarhlod canyon)
Hot sauna after the river rafting
Included
Wetsuit, life-vest, helmet and all equipment for rafting
Entry to sauna and shower facilities
Guidance by a certified rafting guide

Gullfoss Canyon Rafting is both available with a Reykjavik pick-up and as meet on location.

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 the most visited attractions in Iceland.

This incredibly exhilarating rafting trip is sure to make your spine tingle as you ride through the whitewater rapids the Hvítá River is famous for. Hvítá means ‘White River’ and the people who named it knew a thing or two about the kind of roaring water you will encounter! This is the most amazing way to get a great new perspective on Icelandic nature and the incredible scenery and features created by the flow of Iceland´s thundering rivers.

On this rafting trip you will, though, encounter incomparable contrasts, sometimes cruising through far more serene sections surrounded by unbelievably beautiful and peaceful scenery. This amazing glacial river has its source at Langjökull, Iceland’s second largest glacier. This great torrent of meltwater crashes through Gullfoss, the most often-visited waterfall in Iceland. You will be see how this river has shaped the features of the landscape around it. When you pass through Brúarhlöð, a magnificent canyon, you will be amazed at the manner in which the river has sculpted the breccia walls, there are also extraordinary cliff and rock formations, the scenery is epic. Those who want to can take a refreshing leap from the Brúarhlöð cliffs into the glacial waters of the canyon – a fitting end to an incredible river rafting adventure.   

Rafting the river takes between 60 and 90 minutes. Afterwards you have time to relax in the Drumbó sauna, there is also the option to enjoy a delicious local lamb barbecue dinner in the restaurant, or simply to take a shower and enjoy a drink in the bar. A local beer tasting session may also be booked. Sauna and shower facilities are included, food and drink is extra.

What to bring: Warm undergarment clothing including fleece/wool sweater and pants, warm socks, a change of clothing. Bathing suit & towel.

Pick up: The pick-up is at 11:30 from our available pick-up points in Reykjavik. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes so your patience is greatly appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

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.

Please note

The tour is 4 hours in duration if you meet us on location.

How far is Drumbo Base Camp from Reykjavik?

Drumbó is located about 98 kilometers from Reykjaík. See map for directions.

What are the facilities like at Drumbo Base Camp?

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… 🙂

What should I bring/wear on a river rafting tour at Hvita?

For lower body: Swimming wear (or a change of underclothing) to wear under your rafting pants and/or for the sauna and warm woolen 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.

Can I combine River Rafting with other activities in a one day tour?

Yes and we even have many options for you 🙂 We offer river rafting combined with other activities such as –
Beer Tasting
Whale Watching
Horse Riding
ATV’s
Golden Circle

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?

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.

Disclaimer
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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Gullfoss Canyon Rafting | Average rating: 4.9/5 based on 8 customer reviews


"Wonderful tour" | 4 stars By Lara Marschall 07/07/2018
Everything went really well, we had an awesome guide from Barcelona, they offer everything you need for your tour - we definitely recommend it to everyone who is looking for an adventure in the wonderful landscape of Iceland!
"Rafting fun" | 5 stars By West coast 04/07/2018
Chill out with a great guide on a beautiful river. Mellow experience with baby rapids. A chance to jump from a cliff and a hot sauna at the end. Would recommend for families and first time rafters.
"Wild Ride" | 5 stars By Thomas Hughes 02/07/2018
This is a must do on any trip to Iceland. A beautiful tour of a river of Iceland and a great adventure.
"Just the right amount of excitement!" | 5 stars By Vicky Just 22/06/2018
The guides were excellent and pitched the trip at just the right level, with fun and games with the other rafts. We laughed a lot! The lamb BBQ afterwards was excellent too. Would definitely recommend.
"Awesome experience!" | 5 stars By Christine 22/06/2018
Had an absolutely amazing time! I would definitely do it again if I have the chance. Even though the water is cold, I completely didn't notice because of the fun I was having (and the wetsuit). Our guides were lots of fun too, but beware of them trying to get you wet! Even if you can't swim, or can't swim well, they provide life jackets, so anyone can experience this. They also had extra guides on kayaks so if someone did end up in the water, there is someone available/around to help if needed. My group had lots of laughs, instructions were easy to understand, and the sauna at the end feels so good if you got cold. This was probably one of the best tours/experiences I did when I visited Iceland.
"Great Experience!" | 5 stars By C.D. De Graaf 13/06/2018
We had a great time rafting and so much fun with Arnau and the other guides. We were with a lot of boots because of a trip with 2 school classes. In our boat we sat with the teachers and had so much fun with the students. Afterwards we had a nice drink and chat with Arnau. The only thing was that is was so crowdy I had to change in my own car which was a bit uncomfortable, but managed fine after all. Give my greetzz to Arnau, he was the best!! :-)
"Fun rafting trip!" | 5 stars By Patti Glenn 05/06/2018
Our guide was great - we had a ton of fun, we had aged 10 to over age 60 on our raft with all levels of experience, the water was especially high and fast, so our only disappointment was that it ended rather too quickly. The lamb and beer after was wonderful. The sauna, sadly, was out of order on the day I went, but otherwise, this was a great way to spend the day.
"Great experience" | 5 stars By Mariavittoria Scala 01/06/2018
Great experience! The guide made it fun and at the same time was very professional. Cannot recommend it enough!
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