Exciting 3-Hour Inflatable Kayaking Tour of the Hvita River | Meet On Location

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Drumboddsstaðir -Drumbó River Base and Restaurant, Selfoss, Icel
4 hours
May - Sept.
Minimum age
11 years old


Enjoy an exhilarating few hours on the Hvita River in West Iceland with this adrenaline-pumping kayaking tour. Travelers on the Golden Circle route who want to enjoy a thrilling adventure on one of Iceland's rivers should book this three-hour kayak tour today.

The tour begins at the base camp, which is close to the parking lot for the Faxi waterfall in West Iceland. You'll receive a short safety briefing and gear from the experienced local guides leading the tour. You'll be ready to go when you have your wetsuit, neoprene shoes, life jacket, and helmet.

On this tour, you'll cruise down the Hvita river in an inflatable kayak. Each kayak seats two people, so it's a fantastic tour for adventurous couples or friends. It's suitable for children over 11, so families can enjoy the ride too. If you're a well-practiced kayaker, you can request a single kayak instead of a double.

The guides will ride alongside you in a safety kayak to assist you and give instructions. You'll follow an exciting and challenging route over white water rapids, so the tour is recommended for travelers in good shape who may already have some experience navigating white water.

Don't be surprised if you flip your kayak at some point and fall into the icy glacial waters. Capsizing often happens and is part of the fun. The guides will be at hand to assist you, and the life jacket will keep you afloat. 

The Hvita river runs from its source at the Langjokull glacier. You'll start your journey downstream of the Gullfoss waterfall, one of the famous Golden Circle attractions, and continue down the river for around 4.5 miles (seven kilometers).

The first section of the route passes through most of the white water, so you'll have an exciting start to the trip. As your kayaking journey progresses, you'll reach calmer waters with beautiful canyons surrounding you, so you'll have time to relax and enjoy the views.

You'll pass through the Bruarhlod canyon as you go, a popular viewpoint for visitors taking their time on the Golden Circle route.

At the end of the kayaking adventure, you'll return to the river base camp to warm up. The base camp has a sauna and hot tubs that are free for visitors. Hot showers and changing facilities are also available.

When you've changed into dry clothes, you can visit the on-site restaurant, which serves a range of snacks and meals, including burgers and fries. Soft and alcoholic drinks are also available.

Don't miss your chance to kayak over white water rapids in Iceland's Hvita river on this exciting three-hour tour. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Experienced, English-speaking guide
Inflatable kayak trip down the Hvita river
Safety gear including a wetsuit, neoprene shoes, helmet, and life jacket
Access to a sauna and hot tubs after the kayaking tour



What to bring

Wool or fleece sweater and thermal underwear to wear underneath the wetsuit
Warm wool socks
Bathing suit and towel for the sauna and hot tubs after the tour
A change of clothing
Refillable water bottle

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