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This tour is suitable for the whole family, but still a lot of fun. Gentle rapids keep everyone on their toes while rafting down a glacier river.

Where fun, relaxation, and beautiful scenery combine to deliver a splash of unforgettable memories! Featuring bubbling hot springs and mind-blowing scenery, this half-day trip offers everyone from the novice rafter to the whole family a gentler whitewater experience and the opportunity to explore the Icelandic wilderness from the depths of the West Glacial River’s magnificent canyon. You will have the opportunity to sample hot cocoa from nature’s own kettle, get caught up in a friendly water fight, jump in the invigorating glacial runoff, or simply kick back and enjoy the ride.

Looking for more action? Check out our Beast of the East trip!


  • Gentle and fun rapids!
  • The remote and magnificent scenery of the West Glacial River Canyon
  • Making hot chocolate from natural hot springs


  • Rafting equipment (drysuit, helmet, PFD, booties, gloves)
  • Riverside refreshments
  • Transportation between base and river

What to bring

  • Warm, lightweight, layered clothing made of fleece, wool, or other synthetic materials that keep their insulating ability when wet (no cotton)
  • Warm socks
  • Change of dry clothes for after the trip
  • Dress for cold and wet conditions!

Tour Snapshot

Availability May - Sept
Duration 3.5 hours
Departs From Hafgrímsstaðir
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 6 years
Ratio 1:7 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No


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Meeting us on location? See Getting to Hafgrímsstaðir Rafting Base.
Distance from Reykjavik: 305km / 190mi (4-hour drive)
Distance from Akureyri: 110km / 68mi (1.5-hour drive)

Please note: Although you don’t need to “swim” while river rafting, we recommend that you can. The reason for that is people that can't swim tend to panic when they are in the water. You have to be comfortable with floating in water.


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


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.

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.

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
Golden Circle

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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