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Day Trip from Reykjavik: River Rafting on the Hvítá River

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Reykjavik, Iceland

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Embark on a white-water rafting adventure in Iceland with a trip down the Hvítá River. On this full-day trip from Reykjavik, navigate Class II rapids that wind through an ancient volcanic landscape and the impressive Brúarhlöð canyon. Jump from a canyon cliff into the refreshing waters for an extra thrill, and unwind in the base camp sauna at the end of your journey.
  • Day trip from Reykjavik to the Hvítá River
  • Enjoy a river-rafting adventure down Iceland's Hvítá River
  • Navigate through white-water rapids with your professional guide
  • Unleash your wild side by jumping from the canyon cliff into the river
  • Pickup and drop-off from your Reykjavik hotel included
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River rafting on the Hvítá River
Professional guide
Pickup and drop-off from selected pickup points in Reykjavik (if option selected)
Sauna
Free wi-fi on board (If pickup is selected)
Gratuities
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up is available from selected Reykjavik pick up points.

Departure Time

12:30 PM
Get a unique, watery perspective on Iceland’s dramatic landscape. Choose from a morning or midday departure, and then travel to the river base camp on a short coach drive from your Reykjavik hotel. Prepare for your ride with all the gear you need and an overview of raft safety and paddling techniques, then set out on the scenic Hvítá River. No rafting experience is necessary—just bring your sense of adventure!

With the help of your guide, navigate the river’s Class II rapids—a difficulty level suitable for novice and experienced rafters alike. On calmer stretches, give your arms a rest and soak up the serene Icelandic landscape while gliding on the currents. 

Admire the black-rock walls of Brúarhlöð canyon, and disembark for a chance to plunge from the canyon cliffs into the refreshing water below. (Don’t worry, the water is more cool than icy!)

At the end of your rafting trip, warm up and rejuvenate your muscles in the base camp sauna.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Arctic Adventures
Pick up starts in Reykjavik.
Stop At:  
Drumboddsstaðir - River Base
This fun tour lets you experience Iceland in a unique way – on a river-rafting adventure! Choose the morning or afternoon option, depending on your preference, and embark on a day trip to the Hvítá River, just a short coach ride. This tour will take you through Class II rapids, ensuring you’ll have a fun, enjoyable white-water rafting experience that’s suitable for every fitness level. After a brief safety instruction, navigate down the river with your professional guide and enjoy a perfect mix of serene floating and exciting rapids through picturesque canyons and fissures. On the way, pass through the magnificent Brúarhlöð canyon, a stunning setting where you’ll have the opportunity to unleash your wild side by jumping off the cliff into the river! You’ll discover that despite the country’s name, the water is pleasantly cool and inviting. To complete your trip, end your fantastic adventure by relaxing in a sauna at the rafting base camp's facilities nearby. Then, head back to your Reykjavik hotel.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 11 years
  • Items recommended to bring: warm sweater, bathing suit, change of clothing and a towel
  • Please note: Although you don't need to ‘swim’ while river rafting, it is recommended that you know how to swim. You must be comfortable with floating in water.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Arctic Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Day Trip from Reykjavik: River Rafting on the Hvítá River?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip from Reykjavik: River Rafting on the Hvítá River.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Day Trip from Reykjavik: River Rafting on the Hvítá River?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip from Reykjavik: River Rafting on the Hvítá River.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Day Trip from Reykjavik: River Rafting on the Hvítá River?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Day Trip from Reykjavik: River Rafting on the Hvítá River.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Day Trip from Reykjavik: River Rafting on the Hvítá River?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Day Trip from Reykjavik: River Rafting on the Hvítá River.

Traveler Tips


  • "Great first rafting experience for my kids - might be a bit too tame for hardcore rafting fans (at least at the water level we were rafting at)." See review

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Great family fun
Journey793496
, Nov 2019
Great first rafting experience for my kids - might be a bit too tame for hardcore rafting fans (at least at the water level we were rafting at). The guides, the lodge set up and the entire day was great fun though, well organized, safe and enjoyable. Can't say enough good things about the guides - they were fantastic.
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Fun but long!
815tricia
, Aug 2019
Very fun and such a highlight of the trip! The bus ride to and from as well as gearing up in equipment were MUCH longer than expected. The actual rafting experience was a small sliver of time compared to the entire excursion. The rafting guides were great, knowledgeable, and lots of fun!
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Rafting
wilfra2019
, Aug 2019
The rafting is fun. It’s however a long ride. I would-be hele liked to know behoren. Maybe handy to link to the side of arctic adventures, The trip ended 2 Horus later, which was quite a surprise.
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