This tour is crammed full of fun, adrenaline filled activities and amazing sites: it is the perfect way to make sure that you get the most out of your Icelandic adventure. Explore Iceland's most popular sights, and go river rafting.
Action and sightseeing. The perfect combo.
Duration: ~9 hours
Pick-up: 08:00 - 08:30
Group maximum: 12 persons per guide
Available: May - Sept
Age limit: 11 years
- Geysir Geothermal Area
- Hot Springs and geysers
- Gullfoss waterfall
- Thingvellir national park
- River rafting on Hvita river
- Brúarhlöð Canyon
- Small group experience
Pickup: Pick up starts at 8:00 am from your selected pick up location in Reykjavik. Please note, that the pick up can take up to 30 min. Detailed pickup information can be found here.
Requirements: For safety reasons you have to be able to swim.
Included: Transfer from Reykjavik and return, a guided golden circle tour, river rafting, dry-suit, life-vest, helmet and all equipment for rafting.
Bring with you: Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks, a change of clothing. Bathing suit & towel.
Not included: Meals. You can bring packed lunch or buy food on the way.
Children (11-15): 50% off
Your adventure will start bright and early, we collect you from your selected Reykjavik pickup location. From there we will take the scenic journey to the Gullfoss canyon, where your rafting trip will begin. After a quick safety talk from one of our friendly river guides, you will be ready to start your rafting adventure.
Once we get out onto the Hvita River, you will see what all the fuss is about: it is the perfect mixture of adrenaline pumping rapids and imperious rock formations. A particular highlight is the Brúarhlöð Canyon (the white river canyon, where the brave ones among you can jump off a cliff into the river. Brúarhlöð has been carved by the glacial waters over the millennia and contains imperious rock formations and potholes dotted throughout its breccia walls. Watch out for the two imposing rock pillars, known as Karl and Kerling (Man and Women), which local folklore says are petrified trolls! Once the rafting is finished we will warm up with a shower and sauna before getting back onto the road.
The second half of our tour will begin at the famous Golden Circle geothermal area, Geysir, which is the home of the original erupting ‘geyser’, which is no longer active. However, its smaller relative Strokkur is: where we will marvel at the awesome power of nature, as it throws boiling water 25 meters into the air.
After Geysir we will travel on to Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall). Gullfoss is a truly spectacular sight and the perfect spot to snap a selfie, in front of the cascading water. Gullfoss is called the golden falls because on a sunny day the water turns a golden brown color and if we are really lucky a rainbow will form above the falls. It is a unique and incredible sight and is something that you won’t want to miss during your Icelandic adventure.
Our final stop will be the historic UNESCO world heritage site, Thingvellir National Park. There lies the historic site of Althingi, site of the world’s oldest operational parliament: Icelandic parliamentarians have been meeting at Althingi since 930 AD and the modern Parliament bares the same name (though the meet in the warm now). Thingvellir National Park also has some of the most remarkable geology in the world: having been carved by both extreme heat from volcanos and extreme cold by the ice. Thingvellir will make you understand why Iceland is described as the land of Fire and Ice!
Map - (click to enlarge)
Disclaimer: All rafting trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Extreme Iceland 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 inherit risk.