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Golden Circle & Rafting Adventure, Iceland

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Key Highlights

  • Enjoy a great rafting advenure down the Gullfoss canyon
  • See the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall
  • Watch geothermal forces at work
  • Visit the Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    15 May - 15 Sep: Daily

    Duration

    8 hours

    Start time

    8:00am - 8:30am

    Meeting Point

    You will be picked up from your hotel in Reykjavik.
    (Please mention your accommodation details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    You will be dropped off at your hotel at the end of the tour.

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    This full-day tour covers all the renowned Golden Circle sights, while also a fun rafting adventure on the Hvítá river, down the Gullfoss Canyon.

    Enjoy a great rafting adventure, jump off a cliff and take in jaw-dropping views of the Gullfoss waterfall as it cascades over a unique rock formation 32m into the Earth, visit the Geysir after which all geysers are named and watch it burst into the sky, and see the exposed valley formed by the separation of the American and European tectonic plates.

    All the while, your expert guide will tell you the stories of how these rare and impressive features came to be and the significance of nature’s powerful forces on the history of Iceland.

    Itinerary

    Your tour starts when your expert tour guide arrives to pick you up from your hotel in Reykjavik between 8:00am and 8:30am.

    From here, you will head towards the rafting base camp where your rafting adventure on the Hvítá river, down the Gullfoss Canyon begins. Battle the waters as you make your way through the tough rapids amidst the steep canyons. During the activity, you will pass the Brúarhlöð canyon where you may choose to jump off a cliff into the river. At the end of this adrenaline-pumping adventure, enjoy a hot shower and sauna before hitting the road.

    The next spot on your journey is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions: Gullfoss waterfall. This photogenic and stunning work of nature barrels over a tiered rock formation as it falls into a crevice over 32m deep and seems to disappear into a hole in the Earth. By now you’ll have worked up a good appetite, so you’ll have the chance to try some hearty traditional Icelandic meat soup for lunch at Gullfoss Café just by the falls.

    From here your day continues through the Golden Circle area to the geothermal region of Geysir. Watch superheated water burst from the ground at the famed Geysir or from one of the many nearby geysers, and take a look at some of the steaming hot pools in the surrounding area.

    The last stop is a UNESCO world heritage site and an exquisite example of Iceland’s beauty: Þingvellir National Park, or Parliament Fields. This is home to the historically significant birthplace of the world’s oldest existing parliament, the largest natural lake in Iceland, and the exposed rift between two tectonic plates. You’ll be able to pinpoint the geological separation of the America and Europe from the park before you head back to Reykjavik, where you will be dropped off at your hotel at the end of the tour.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop –off
    • English speaking guide
    • Admission to all Golden Circle sites
    • River rafting on the Hvítá river

    Exclusions

    • Food and Drink
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details

    Minimum age is 10 years.

    All caving and adventure trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants.

    The Supplier does not assume any responsibility for accidents 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.

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have