The Golden Circle and Hvítá River Jet Boat Tour
Capture the spirit of Iceland during this full day Golden Circle tour from Reykjavik. Step on board our all new bus fleet, equipped with WiFi connected computer tablets in each seat. In each seat you will also find a USB Charger.
On the tablets you can use our GPS Sensitive In Bus Audio Guide available in several languages so if you wish to know interesting facts about Iceland and the places you will visit on the tour while you travel, in a language you are comfortable with, that is very possible! Our onboard guide will also happily answer any questions you might have about our peculiar country.
On this tour you will explore Þingvellir National Park’s mossy expanses and deep fissures. The surrounding area is the birthplace of the world’s oldest existing parliament and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The next stop is at the world famous Geysir Hot Springs, home of the the on and only original geyser, Geysir, which both lends the English language its word for hot exploding springs and is Iceland’s most iconic natural attraction. Here the ground trembles and steaming hot water spouts spectacularly skywards from the famous Strokkur geyser every few minutes.
Our third stop is the Gullfoss waterfall, the most impressive cascade in Iceland. Here a powerful glacial river cascades down 32 meters on two levels and into a narrow canyon with a thunderous roar, which makes for spectacular photos.
The last stop on this Golden Circle tour is at the river banks of the glacier river Hvítá. You'll get to enjoy the beautiful river from a completely different perspective. The 40 minute Jet Boat ride guarantees an adrenaline rush for all ages! Speed through a narrow basalt canyon and be exhilarated by 360 spins on the milky white river. The piercing colour of the water surrounded by the lava canyon is a breathtaking contrast of nature.
This is indeed the perfect end to an amazing day of sightseeing – an adrenaline rush set in a beautiful location!
- Available: October
- Duration: 8,5 hours
- Activities: Sightseeing, Boat Trip
- Difficulty: Easy
- Minimum age: 8 years old
- Languages: English, Spanish, German, Chinese, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean
Hvita is a glacier river in Arnessysla in South Iceland. It is one of the most popular rivers in Iceland for rafting, good salmon fishing can also be made there and it is home to Iceland's most famous waterfall.
The river has its source in Hvitarvatn, near Blafell, by the roots of Langjokull. A few other rivers join it on its course. Furthermore, Iceland's most famous waterfall, the beautiful Gullfoss, is in Hvita and falls down thunderously 32 meters into the Hvitargljufur river gorge. Hvita goes on to join the river Sogid near the town Selfoss and together the rivers form Olfusa which then flows to the ocean.
The base camp for tours on the river, about 10 km away, is called Drumbsoddssstadir or more commonly 'Drumbo' and from there both rafting and canoing tours are operated daily from April 15th to October 1st. This is a cozy boathouse in the countryside which along with changing rooms, showers and saunas, features an excellent camp restaurant.
Rafting through Hvita is an exhilirating experience. You'll have amazing scenery around you as you make your way through the crashing waves and surging rapids of the river.
The beautiful Bruarhlod river canyon holds a particular attraction. The canyon is covered in scrubs and made up of breccia, (a type of tuff mixed with small square basalt stones) and features various spectacular rock formations and potholes. Here it is very popular to dive from a cliff into the river and swim a bit in it.
Also of note are the two peculiar breccia rock pillars in the river, called Karl and Kerling ('Man' and 'Woman'), which, according to folklore, are petrified trolls.
Geysir is a famous hot spring in Haukadalur valley in South Iceland. Part of the ‘Golden Circle', Geysir gives its name to hot springs all over the world.
Though Geysir itself is hardly active anymore, the area features spectacular hot springs such as the powerful Strokkur, which spouts a vast amount of water every 10 minutes, around 15-20 meters into the air, Smidur and Litli-Strokkur.
North of Geysir are fumaroles, i.e. unlike the hot springs that emit hot water, only steam and gas emanate from these. You may be able to observe bright yellow stains at the fumaroles, this is native sulphur, which crystallizes from the steam. At the southern part of the geothermal area, called Thykkuhverir, you‘ll find various mud pots. Such mud pots are actually fumaroles that boil up through surface water/groundwater and may become steaming fumaroles during dry spells, rather than the usual boiling mud pots.
About 2 km from Geysir is an old preserved natural pool called Kúalaug. One can bathe in it and it has room for 3-5 people at a time, but care should be taken, as the area around the pool is very delicate. The temperature is 39-43°C, depending on how you are positioned in the pool. The water is slightly muddy, as the pool is built on soil, and the bottom is slippery due to algae, so caution is advised.
In Haukadalur there has also been tree planting in recent times and today the forest Haukadalsskógur is one of the largest in South Iceland. Aspen, various types of pine, and other plants have been tried out there and experiments and research continue. We also recommend visiting the tree museum, built in the memory of forester Gunnar Freysteinsson. There are good paths and roads in the forest and the wood is specially designed to accommodate wheelchairs.
Haukadalur has been a church site since ancient time. The current wooden church was last rebuilt in 1938 but the variety and appearance of the church dates back to 1842, making it one of the oldest of its kind in Iceland.
Haukadalur is indeed a historical place. It was settled during the age of settlement and scholar Ari “The Wise“ Thorgilsson grew up there. The first pastoral school in Iceland was also built there.
For accommodation, Hotel Gullfoss is about 7 km from the Geysir area, and closer still is the Hotel Geysir.
Thingvellir is one of the most important sites to visit in Iceland for its landscape, history and cultural value.
The Icelandic parliament was founded in Thingvellir in 930 and remained there for centuries.Thingvellir is surrounded by a beautiful mountain range and is the site of a rift valley, marking the crest of the Mid-Atlantic range. Today it is a natural park, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and considered a vital part of the ‘Golden triangle’ (with Geysir and Gullfoss). Of particular note is the magnificent gorge Almannagja, which marks the eastern boundary of the north American plate and into which the beautiful waterfall Oxararfoss falls.
Other notable attractions within the park include the beautiful lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland, the Silfra fissure, one of the world's top dives, and Gjabakkahellir, one of Iceland's most interesting lava tubes.
Starting time : 08:30
In bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Finnish)
Free tour pick up from your accommodation in Reykjavík
Knowledgeable local guide
Admission to the sights
Free Wi-fi and usb charger for each seat
1 hour River Jet Boat tour
What to bring:
In-Bus-Audio-Guide: Bring your own headphones. Otherwise we sell earphones on the bus.
Waterproof outer gear
Headwear and gloves
Good outdoor shoes
Good to know:
Dress according to weather. In Iceland, it is always wise to dress in warm, waterproof clothes. Weather changes can sudden, so expect the unexpected. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves.