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River Ride - Whitewater Action

River ride down the mighty Hvítá River in an inflatable kayak. This is the ultimate white water action, only for the brave!

4 hours

Tour description

Meet on location at Drumbó to ride in an inflatable kayak down Hvítá River.

Brave down a glacier river in a small inflatable kayak. Then enjoy a sauna to warm up!

Difficulty: 3/5 challenging

Trip details: This tour is also available with pick up from Reykjavík.

Time of departure from Drumbó: 11:00 and 15:00. Please arrive at Drumbó 15 minutes before departure.

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 kilometres 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 kilometres 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!

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 their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

Please note

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.

All of our tours begin from Drumbó River Base. At Drumbó you find:

  • Changing rooms
  • Showers
  • Sauna
  • Bar and coffee
  • Restaurant

What's included?

  • Inflatable kayak trip down the scenic Hvítá with trained river safety team
  • All necessary river equipment; wetsuit, life-jacket, neoprene shoes, helmet and paddle
  • Visit to the famous Brúarhlöð canyon via the river
  • Hot sauna after to warm up
  • Extra small group experience, the boat fits 2 people.


  • Food and beverages are not included
  • Pick up is not included but available for an additional fee

What do I need to bring?

  • Warm wool or fleece sweater and thermal underwear (pants) to wear underneath the wetsuit. This might get wet during your tour. Don’t wear cotton as it will not keep you warm when wet.
  • Change of clothing
  • Towel and bathing suit for the sauna afterwards. Warm undergarment clothing including fleece/wool sweater and pants, warm socks, a change of clothing. Bathing suit & towel. 

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