Whitewater River Rafting


Hvítá river is the birthplace of rafting in Iceland and from the first descents of Hvítá in 1983, the rafting trips have been going strong ever since.
The beautiful Hvítá (“Kvee-tau”) river carries the milky runoff of, the 2nd largest glacier in Iceland, the mighty Langjökull glacier on its twisting journey to the Atlantic ocean.
It all starts with a safety briefing at the rafting base camp where we’ll gear up and get ready for the action.  After a short ride from the base camp to the river and  final instructions by the river we grab an oar and jump in the boats, just few KM below the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall.
The river rafting features a balanced blend of wilderness serenity and exciting rapids in a stunning settings. The Hvítá river is a beautiful river, perfectly balanced mix of canyons and pumping waves and rapids. On the trip we raft a 7 km stretch of the river through the scenic canyons of Brúarhlöð which the powerful river has carved out over the centuries and gorges with rock formations that can best be seen from the water.
When we hit the shore again, just few hundred meters from the base camp, a sauna and showers await us.

After the rafting you can enjoy a traditional lamb BBQ – please book in advance.

The river rafting in Hvítá is a classic and convenient adventure in the heart of southern Iceland’s sightseeing highlights, ideal to combine with the your Golden Circle tour.


Available:  from 14 May – 15 September
Total duration: approx. 4 hours from the rafting base / approx. 7 hours with pick up
Included: All equipment needed for the rafting, incl. wet-suit, life-vest, helmet, oar and a certified rafting guide. Entry to sauna and shower facilities after the tour.
Bring/wear: warm undergarment clothing and warm sweater that you don’t mind getting wet, change of clothing, bathing suit & towel
Minimum age: 11 years
Pick up in Reykjavik: Starts at 12:00. It can take us up to 30 min. to arrive – please be ready on time
Pick up at ION Adventure hotel: up on request
Meet on location: Drumboddsstaðir (Drumbó rafting base, near Reykholt, Biskupstungur) no later than 15 min before departure

Please note:
– Although you do not need to “swim” while river rafting, we recommend that you can. The reason for that is people that can’t swim tend to panic when they are in the water. You have to be comfortable with floating in water.
– Chauffeur service / private transport from ION Adventure hotel to Drumbó rafting base is available for an additional fee.