River Ride – WhiteWater Action from Reykjavik

From £162 pp ( May - Sept)

Iceland, Reykjavik

3-4 hours

Join a small group

River Ride – WhiteWater Action from Reykjavik

From £162 pp ( May - Sept)

What You'll Do

Enjoy an exciting day of white water rafting, the most thrilling way to experience Iceland. Rafting down the glacial Hvita river, floating through beautiful canyons and afterwards take a sauna to relax and warm up.

Cruising down Hvítá River in an inflatable kayak is a magnificent way to experience Icelandic nature. You will navigate your boat yourself, whether you go alone or with a friend or partner. The inflatable kayaks are easy to maneuver, however  the rapids are unpredictable and there is the possibility that your kayak may flip. If this happens you will need to brave the  mighty glacial waters, our expert raft-guides and safety kayakers are always on hand to assist and of course wetsuits and safety vests are provided.

Hvítá River means the ‘White River’, the name without a doubt refers to the roaring white water you will encounter. We only recommend this trip to those seeking action and in good physical condition, perhaps with some previous white water experience.

The 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, encountering a view you can only see floating in a boat. The first few kilometres offer us whitewater rapids and action and the latter serene beautiful canyons. We drift through Brúarhlöður, a striking canyon which was created by a volcanic eruption and subsequently carved out by the river.
After the tour we recommend the Drumbó sauna at our River Base, to warm up as well as getting a drink or some food at our Bar & Restaurant.

The River Ride is the ultimate whitewater action, one you are not likely to forget.  See you out on the rapids!


Enjoy an exciting rafting experience

Be joined by local rafting experts to help you throughout the trip

Relax and warm up in a sauna after the rafting

Your Local Host:


Tinna has over 16 years of experience in a wide variety of adventure tours in Iceland. Tinna from the very first splash in Hvítá became passionate about the river, river sport and river travel. In addition to being a river guide she is also a white water kayaker, glacier guide and dive instructor. You could say she likes water in all its forms, white water, sea, frozen and of course our sauna. In addition to that, she also holds a degree in Business Administration from Griffith University, Australia.

Location Information

The river base is located on the banks of the glacial river Hvítá beautifully located at the heart of the Golden Circle. So when making your way to some of the iconic must do sights in Iceland: Þingvellir, Gullfoss & Geysir it is ideal to make the most of your day and swing by for a rafting tour with us.

All of our rafting tours begin from the river base ( a.k.a our headquarters) and there we get geared up for rafting and river trips. The river base is 98 kilometres from Reykjavík, about 1.5 hours in a car.

  • Kayak trip with safety boats and kayaks
  • All equipment; wetsuit, life-jacket, neoprene shoes, helmet and paddle
  • Visit to the famous Brúarhlöð canyon via the river

  • Hot sauna and shower to warm up after


Warm wool or fleece sweater and thermal underwear (pants) to wear underneath the wetsuit.
Warm wool socks.
You may get wet during your tour. Don’t wear cotton as it will not keep you warm when wet.

Bathing suit to wear underneath the neoprene pants on the river and for the sauna.


Change of clothing

The River Base is where we get geared up for rafting, and where we return to. Here you find:

Changing rooms



Bar and coffee