How do we get to Drumbó base camp?
You can easily add pick-up and transfer to your booking for an additional fee by checking the “pick up” option in the booking window upon booking. Please choose your accommodation from the drop-down list and we will pick you up, no problem … but you can also drive there yourself (see below).
If you are driving yourself you have to be at the base camp 15 min before your departure time (either at 9:45 or 13:45 depending on your booking) to check in for your tour. Driving from Reykjavík to the Drumbó Basecamp takes around 90 min, driving non-stop at the maximum speed rate of 90 km per hour. If you intend to visit the Golden Circle with all its amazing sites before going river rafting at 14:00 from Drumbó, you will have leave Reykjavík no later than 9:00 AM.
There are two ways to reach the Drumbó (Marked DRUMBODDSSTAÐIR on some maps) Base Camp here are the directions:
Express Route: Drive road no. 1 east from Reykjavík (the direction of Hveragerði). Once you are passed Hveragerði take a left turn just before the town of Selfoss up road no. 35 (direction Geysir). Drive road no. 35 for approx. 30-40 min until you have passed the small town of Reykholt. 5-10 min later you take a right turn at an Arctic Rafting sign. Drive the gravel road for approx. 5-10 minutes following the signs all the way to Drumbó.
Golden Circle Route: Drive road no. 1 north from Reykjavík, just outside Mosfellsbær suburb take a right turn up road no. 36 (direction Þingvellir). Drive to Þingvellir National Park and make a sightseeing stop there. From Þingvellir keep driving road no. 36 for 10 minutes until you make a left turn up road no. 365 (direction Laugavatn). Drive for 25 minutes until you reach an intersection at the town of Laugavatn, take a left turn up road no. 37. Drive for 25 minutes until you reach Geysir hot springs; make a stop there for sightseeing. From Geysir drive towards the highlands on road no. 35 (road no. 37 becomes road no. 35 just before Geysir) for 10 minutes without making any turns, there you arrive at Gullfoss Waterfall parking lot where you can leave your car while you go and see the amazing waterfall. From Gullfoss, you take the road nr. 5 back to Geysir, you drive past Geysir and ca. 10 min after that, the road nr. 35 takes a turn to the left, towards “Reykholt”, you take the left turn and ca. 5-10 minutes after the turn you will reach a sign that says Arctic Adventures (Drumboddsstaðir), there you take a left turn and follow the signs on the gravel road for about 10 minutes before arriving at our base camp Drumbó.
How do I book and what information do you need from me?
There are a few different ways you can book our trips. First of all, you can book almost all our trips right here on our website. There is a booking window on each trip page and we do recommend that you book and pay for your trip there.
If the trip you would like to book is not bookable online then you can call us directly at our office, the phone number is 00354 562 7000. Another way is to send us an e-mail with an inquiry, our e-mail address is email@example.com. What we need to have is your name, how many people are in your party, where you are staying and some way of contacting you either an e-mail or a phone number.
There are three ways in which you can pay for the trips that you book with us.
- You can pay through the internet, through our website. This is by far the easiest, safest and fastest way to reserve and pay for your adventure. If you choose this way then you will receive a voucher via e-mail which you will need bring with you for your trip. If you are going on a multi-day trip, you will receive one voucher for all of the trips via e-mail and we will make you separate vouchers for each of your trips, which will be waiting for you upon arrival in Iceland at our office at Laugavegur 11.
- You can pay via phone, the phone number is +354 562 7000. If you choose to pay through phone, your vouchers will be waiting for you when you come to Iceland, either at our office at Laugavegur 11 or at your hotel.
- Sometimes you can pay when you arrive to start your trip, but this is only possible in special circumstance.
Please Note: However you pay, you will always get a voucher: REMEMBER TO PRINT IT OUT AND BRING IT ALONG OR MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN SHOW IT ON YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE!
Where is your Reykjavík Office located and when are you open?
What currency do you accept?
We process all payments in Icelandic króna (ISK). Prices in your currency might vary slightly depending on the conversion rate set by your card issuer. If you would like to calculate the price of our tours in some other currency you can do so here.
What is the Golden Circle?
The Golden Circle is a name for the very popular sightseeing route that connects Reykjavík with Þingvellir National Park, Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours. Check out our Golden Circle and rafting combo tour.
What are the facilities like at Drumbó Base Camp?
The Drumbó Base Camp has a reception, bar, restaurant, sauna, hot tubs, showers, changing rooms and a great veranda to sip a cold beer after your adventure. Drumbó is pretty much the perfect rafting base … : )
How far is Drumbó Base Camp from Reykjavík?
98 kilometers in South Iceland.
How far is Hafgrímsstaðir Base Camp from Reykjavík?
350 kilometers in North Iceland.
How long have you been in business?
We have been in rafting on the Hvítá river since 1983 which makes us one of the longest-running rafting operations in Europe. Since the late 1990s, we have been adding more and more activities to our selection. So we are NOT a travel agency, we are an adventure operator, owned by guides and world travelers and run by guides and adventurers.
What is the minimum age for a participant on your tours?
On all our tours in Hvítá River minimum age is 11 years.
On the Wonderful West the minimum age is 6 years if accompanied by a guardian.
On the Beast of the East and the 3-day River Rush minimum age is 18 years.
Do I have to know how to swim to go on river rafting?
Yes, absolutely, each paddler on a rafting boat has to know how to swim.
Can I drink alcohol before or during your tours?
No, absolutely not. The consumption of alcohol makes you more prone to hypothermia and makes you to unpredictable mistakes (as you probably know). It is therefore strictly prohibited, if we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.
What do I have to bring with me for my tour?
Each tour is different and you will need to bring different things. However, there are certain things that you always have to bring with you. Remember this is ICEland and for you to have a pleasant experience here in the High North it is vital that you bring good outdoor clothing. No one should come to Iceland (it does no matter if you are coming in summer or winter) without a good water and wind-proof jacket and pants, good, sturdy, waterproof hiking shoes, a warm hat that breaks the wind, good warm gloves, good warm woolen or other thermal undergarments. In Iceland, there is no such thing a bad weather, just bad equipment and not the right clothing.
For rafting in South Iceland, you have to bring; your swimming wear (or a change of underclothing) to wear under your rafting pants, a warm fleece or a wool sweater to wear under your rafting jacket (it will get wet) and a towel to dry off after your trip. Everything else we will provide.
For rafting in North Iceland you have to bring: Warm, lightweight, layered clothing made of synthetic materials, fleece, or wool (no cotton if possible), warm woolen socks, any necessary medications (asthma inhalers, etc.), a change of dry clothes for after the river.
Can white water rafts sink?
The rafts that we use are made of very strong, specially made rubber and each boat is split up into several compartments. This means that on the rare occasion a boat is punctured all odds are that just one compartment is leaking, so rafts do not generally sink.
Can I bring my camera on the raft?
Yes, you can bring your camera if you like, but if it is not waterproof then it will 100% get ruined. You can buy disposable waterproof cameras at the Drumbó Base Camp and in our Reykjavík Office
Do I get a life jacket on river rafting trips (personal floating device)?
Yes, we provide a PFD for everyone.
Is there a guide in each rafting boat?
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified river guide in each one of our boats.
Here is short briefing on safety and insurance:
Ensuring the safety of all our participants is our first and foremost priority. However, due to the nature of rafting as an outdoor and adventure activity, we are subject to the same environmental risks as in any wild natural environment. Should you wish to participate in one of our rafting trips, we ask you to be prepared to sign a contract with us stipulating that you are fit to participate in such activities and assume all risks inherent in doing so.
Do I need an insurance before going on one of your trips?
We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and wherever you travel you take out a good travel insurance … as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.
What is a safety briefing?
Before getting on the river or starting any of our trips, rafting participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. It will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants on the river (i.e. active participation in paddling and following commands, listening to the instructions of the guides and safety kayakers, etc.), and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.
Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of rafting must be clearly communicated to the trip leader upon arrival at our rafting base. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept on your person and brought with you on the trip. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off on the river.
If I am traveling solo, can I book a trip or is there always a minimum of 2 people?
There is a minimum of 2 people for some of our trips, we usually run the trips on the guaranteed departure dates. If you are interested in a trip that has a minimum of 2 persons and are traveling solo we can put you on waiting list and contact you if more people book the trip, so please contact us.