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Day Trip from Reykjavik: River Rafting on the Hvítá River provided by Arctic Adventures

Day Trip from Reykjavik: River Rafting on the Hvítá River

Day Trip from Reykjavik: River Rafting on the Hvítá River
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What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5590RAFTING
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
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)
Exclusions
Gratuities • Food and drinks
Duration
7h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Pick up is available from selected Reykjavik pick up points.
Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Capital Region
Inclusions
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)
Exclusions
Gratuities • Food and drinks
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Pick up is available from selected Reykjavik pick up points.
Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Capital Region
Duration
7h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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 travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Arctic Adventures
  • 1
    Drumboddsstaðir - River Base
    Stop: 4 hours
    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.
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  • You'll end at
    Reykjavik
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tmc-Arizona
Scottsdale, AZ156 contributions
Fun White Water Rafting
Aug 2019
Our tour guide, Kata, was awesome. She provided a great safety briefing, really made the trip enjoyable explaining the river, Iceland and the geology. She made the trip fun and enjoyable finding balance between those who dared get in the water, and those like me who chose to stay dry.

Recommendations - check your email the day before. Arctic Adventures will send you an email reminding you of your reservation, directions to the departure location etc... NOTE, there are many tour buses traveling the golden circle, so plan to arrive early. Additionally, we were detoured several times in Iceland - give yourself additional time.

Bring a swimsuit and something warm that you won't mind getting wet (you will get wet), and the water is cold (40 degrees F). Many in our raft chose to "fall" in the water, I chose to stay dry and warm. Bring warm close to wear afterward as well. A sauna is available as are warm showers. When you change, you will want warm clothes.

You won't be able to take photo's unless you have a GoPro (they also rent them, but they are expensive). The rapids vary, but there are challenging rapids, which of course vary based upon the melt and river level/flow.

We signed up for the beer tasting which was enjoyable - it gave us extra time to mingle and talk with the guides who were all friendly.

Enjoyable experience - highly recommend.
Written 18 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thanks for the awesome review! We can't wait for you to come back soon for more adventures!
Written 25 September 2019
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Julia M
Reykjavik, Iceland1 contribution
It could not have been better!
Jul 2018 • Friends
11/10, so much fun! We asked for the craziest guide and Pramod did not disappoint. Amazing way to spend quality time with your friends. We were 8 and had one boat for ourselves. Cliff jumping was definitely a highlight but we enjoyed the rest as well!
Written 14 July 2018
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Bill C
4 contributions
The Highlight of the trip
Jun 2018
We've done many amazing things in Iceland with Arctic Adventures, but this is definitely tied for first place. The rafting crew was very experienced and helpful, and made it super fun for all guests regardless of experience.
Written 28 June 2018
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megski
santa cruz, california7 contributions
Good guide, but average experience
May 2018 • Business
Although the scenery was of course breath taking, the trip was not as promised. The celebratory hot sauna was "broken" and they didn't bother to say anything, they just passed it off as an oh well.... well for the money I paid I was certainly expecting something to warm us up after an arctic adventure on the river! The guides and the river were awesome, but it's basically a class 2 river with maybe one or two 2 plus.
Written 28 May 2018
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Dear megski, Thank you for taking the time to leave this review, we really appreciate your feedback. Hvítá is indeed graded at around a class 2 with some stronger parts - we feel that our rafting tours on this river offer even beginners a good taste of the glacial rivers of Iceland. For more experienced and adventurous travelers we offer rafting tours in North Iceland on much stronger rivers. We are very happy that you enjoyed both Hvítá and the performance of our guides there. We apologize for the problem with the sauna you experienced during your tour; luckily showers in Iceland are every hot due to geothermally heated water and can warm you back up in no time! If you make your way back to Iceland in the future we would love to welcome you on another of our adventures. All the best, Larissa Customer Service
Written 30 May 2018
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Hraunfjord
Reykjavik, Iceland36 contributions
River Rafting
Great trip with great guides.
Thanks for an awesome experience for the school group - 10th grade.
Will go again 😀
Written 26 May 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hey Hraunfjord, Thank you very much for the great review, we appreciate it! We loved having you along and look forward to more adventures with you in the future. All the best, Arctic Adventures
Written 28 May 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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