Rafting in the South
Hvítá glacier river is the location for our rafting tours in the south of Iceland. Hvítá glacier river runs from Langjökull, Europes 2nd largest glacier, and is the same river that feeds the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall. Hvítá river has carved itself into the riverbed over the decades and formed the grand Gullfoss canyon.
We start our rafting tour about 7 km below Gullfoss and raft through some grade 2+ rapids until we reach Brúarhlöd canyon where the river has carved the breccia and left us amazing formation and landscape that can only fully be embraced from the water. Brúarhlöð canyon is also the home of two trolls turned into stone; Karl and Kerling. Further down the river basalt columns make up a large part of the canyon walls that are decorated with the robust Icelandic flora. After about 7 km scenic raft down Hvítá river, we dock safely and make our way back to our basecamp at Drumbó.
Hvítá River is located just off the famous Golden Circle and we highly recommend combining these two great activities. The Golden Circle is made up of the three following sites:
Þingvellir (e. parliament grounds) National park has a place in most Icelanders hearts; our parliament was established at Þingvellir in 930 AD and the nation has been gathering there for various celebrations throughout the years. Þingvellir National Park became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2004 because of its historic significance.
Gullfoss ( e. the golden waterfall) is located in Hvítá river that runs from Langjökull Glacier. The majestic waterfall is one of the most frequently visited sights in Iceland attracting thousands of guests all year around.The roaring glacier water rushes down into a 32-meter deep crevice leaving a golden hue of spray in the air. Gullfoss waterfall and the area surrounding it was officially preserved by the authorities in 1974.
Geysir hot spring located in Haukadalur valley is the spring that gives all other spouting hot springs their names. Although Geysir has been quiet in the past years, the hot spring area in Haukadalur has a new attraction in Strokkur, which sends a column of boiling water into the air every 5-10 minutes.