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Kayak River Ride – from Reykjavik: Sailing down Hvítá River in an inflatable kayak is a magnificent way become more acquainted with Icelandic nature. Hvítá River means the ‘White River’, the name referring to the roaring white water you will encounter. Once seated in a smaller boat, the waves all of a sudden become huge and therefore extra exhilarating. This trip is only recommend to people who are looking for action and are in good physical condition, maybe with some previous white water experience.
Hvítá river originates from Langjökull glacier, the second largest glacier in Iceland. We begin our journey a few kilometers downstream from Gullfoss Waterfall and travel down 7 kilometres. En route we experience a beautiful view that can only be seen from a boat. The first few kilometres are filled with whitewater rapids and action and the latter kilometers feature serene beautiful canyons. You will sail by Brúarhlöður, a stunning canyon.
The inflatable kayaks are designed so they do not fill up with water and are rather easy to manoeuvre. However, chances are that you flip your kayak will need to brave the mighty glacial waters. In any case, our expert guides will be there to give you a helping hand. No need to worry about the cold water, we provide wetsuits to keep you from freezing and a life-jacket to keep you afloat.
The River Ride is our ultimate ride, one you are not likely to forget. See you out on the rapids!
All rafting trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Customers of Arctic Rafting are solely responsible for any accidents or incidents that may occur as a result of their own actions, and Arctic Rafting shall not be held liable. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.
Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.
Drumboddsstaðir or "Drumbó" is the name of our rafting base in South Iceland, situated 10 minutes away from Geysir and Gullfoss area and only an hour drive from Reykjavík. From here you will start and end your rafting adventure on the Hvítá River. On arrival the guides will give you a wetsuit and a splash top to wear on the river and once you have dressed up you will jump on a bus towards the river put-in. After the rafting you will come back to the raft base where you will have the option to use the showers and the sauna. If booked in advance you can also enjoy a lunch buffet or a BBQ dinner!
Although you don't need to swim while on an inflatable kayak we recommend that you can. You have to be comfortable with floating in water.
Drumbó River Base is our beloved rafting headquarters. All of our rafting tours begin from Drumbó and we get geared up for rafting. At Drumbó you find: