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Golden Circle and Rafting

Combine the classic Golden Circle tour with a rush of adrenaline rafting on Hvítá River

11 hours

Starting at 34.990 ISK


Golden Circle Sightseeing & River Fun Rafting Day Tour from Reykjavík

Explore the Golden Circle; the scenic Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Hot Spring and Gullfoss Waterfall and go rafting on the amazing Hvítá river! The perfect day in Iceland.

Difficulty: 2/5 easy

Time of departure from Reykjavík: Please be ready at your designated pick up location at 12:30, departure at 13:00. Note that it can take us up to 30 minutes to arrive.

Our first stop on the famous Golden Circle is Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is an Icelandic cultural stable, a UNESCO world heritage site and the birthplace of Alþingi, the oldest existing parliament in the world founded by the Vikings more than a thousand years ago. Thingvellir is also a place of many geological wonders as it lies in the tectonic rift valley between America and Europe and home to Iceland's largest natural lake. It is surrounded by beautiful volcanoes created from the ongoing tectonic drift. The second stop is Geysir geothermal area, which is home of the original erupting "geyser" and his little brother Strokkur. Catch the sight of boiling hot water bursting from the ground up to 25 meters high. Next we stroll down to Gullfoss, the queen of Icelandic waterfalls. Gullfoss, "the Golden Waterfall", is a powerful and beautiful sight. The water flows 32 meters down three steps of lava rocks with amazing grandeur.

Lastly, to add the excitement to sightseeing with we go RAFTING! Hvítá is the river that gives Gullfoss its power so splish splashing in it will surely refresh you. The river gives us a beautiful experience, combining scenic canyons with adrenaline pumping rapids. Hvítá is a class II river, making it a fun ride while staying safe and suitable for almost anyone who‘s looking for an adventure. After the excitement you can warm up in the hot tubs and sauna, relax and maybe even enjoy a well-earned beverage.

This trip is the perfect day in Iceland with stunning natural beauty, Viking history, amazing geological wonders, and a great rafting adventure!

Disclaimer: All rafting trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Rafting does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to there 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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What's included?

  • Pick up and drop off in Reykjavík
  • Guided tour of the Golden Circle with visits to Þingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss. 
  • Rafting tour down the scenic Hvítá River with all necessary equipment and an expert guide


Food and beverages are not included.

What do I need to bring?

  •  Warm undergarment clothing, fleece/wool sweater and pants and warm socks
  •  Change of clothing
  •  Bathing suit & towel. 

Know before you go

Although you don't need to "swim" while river rafting/canoeing, we recommend that you can. You have to be comfortable with floating in water.


Day 1: Reykjavík

Pickup starts in Reykjavík

Day 1: Þingvellir National Park

 Þingvellir is a UNESCO world heritage site and the original birthplace of the oldest existing parliament in the world. In addition it is the place where the great tectonic plates of America and Europe meet and the rift valley is clearly visible.  

Day 1: Geysir Hot Springs Area
Day 1: Gullfoss Waterfall

 Gullfoss is a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvítá river in southwest Iceland. 

Day 1: Drumboddsstaðir Rafting Base
Day 1: Reykjavík

The tour will end in the capital area where we will drop you off at your original pickup location.