Have you ever ever needed to expertise the joys and great thing about river rafting within the coronary heart of Iceland‘s Golden Circle? Since 1985 Arctic Rafting have been doing precisely that, enabling you to take pleasure in a perfectly-balanced mixture of serene canyons and adrenaline-pumping waves and rapids. Learn on to study extra about their hottest tour – River Enjoyable Rafting.
What to anticipate
You’ll raft down 7 kilometres of the Hvítá River fed by the Langjökull glacier, having fun with the view, while floating downstream in an inflatable raft, with a couple of surprises alongside the way in which.
Who’s it for?
The rapids are described as “simple to reasonable”; this stretch of the river is graded 2+, with 1 being the gentlest and 6 being essentially the most excessive, so means it’s accessible for most individuals. No earlier rafting expertise is required, and kids from 11 years of age are welcome to take part. Simply be ready to get slightly bit moist and slightly chilly… but it surely’s all value it!
Drumboddsstaðir – aka Drumbó River Base – is the place all Arctic Rafting’s rafting excursions start and the house of their raft guides. It’s 98 kilometres from Reykjavik and takes about 1.5 hours by automobile to get there from the capital. Drumbó is conveniently situated on the route of the Golden Circle. The rafting takes place on the Hvítá River which comes from the Langjökull glacier – the second largest glacier in Iceland – and creates Gullfoss, one in all Iceland’s most iconic waterfalls.
The tour features a river rafting expertise down the river with an professional information, in rafts that maintain 8-10 individuals. All essential rafting tools is supplied, and that features wetsuit pants and splash prime, life-jacket, neoprene sneakers, helmet and paddle.
Additionally included is a go to to the well-known Brúarhlöð canyon by way of the river, and a scorching bathe and sauna after the chilly river journey. If you want, you possibly can rent a GoPro with a Arctic Rafting-branded reminiscence card already loaded, which you get to maintain after the tour. A number of the helmets include helmet mounts; alternatively, you possibly can mount the GoPro to the entrance of the boat (and select to have it going through both forwards or backwards).
What to carry
All it’s essential to carry is a washing swimsuit (to be used underneath your wetsuit), a towel (for the bathe and sauna after the rafting), a heat prime layer to put on underneath the splash prime… and a way of journey!
Our expertise started with a briefing from Julia on the Drumbó River Base. We had been suggested that we may depart issues like iPhones behind within the altering rooms as a result of… properly, they already had their very own. Every little thing was delivered in a enjoyable, jovial method, while nonetheless getting necessary security info throughout to us.
As soon as we’d modified and grabbed a paddle, it was time to get on to a bus. Two buses headed all the way down to the riverbank from the bottom, every pulling 4 rafts behind them – a journey of in all probability simply 10 minutes or so.
We then had a second briefing by the river because the guides transported the rafts to the waters edge. We had been talked by some primary security measures, once more all accomplished in a enjoyable but skilled method. The paddle needed to be held together with your hand over the T-bar on the finish, in any other case we might find yourself with faces just like the guides. And we had been informed that the rope that runs across the outdoors of the raft is known as the “oh, shit!” line as a result of, in the event you’re ever end up falling out of the raft, it’s essential to seize it and can likely shout “oh, shit!” within the course of!
With the briefing over, everybody was put into teams and assigned a information. We shared a raft with one other household with two women, and our information was Anshul. At first it was a really calm stretch of water, and we simply bought used to paddling on Anshul’s command.
However, earlier than lengthy, we had been taking over tougher circumstances – rapids the place we being thrown a few bit extra and splashed with icy chilly meltwater!
It was al good enjoyable, although… and, after one set of rapids, we regarded again, solely to seek out our information was not sitting on the again of the boat!
Anshul was within the water and had grabbed the “oh, shit!” line!!! At first, we thought he was simply messing about… however he wasn’t. This had by no means occurred to him earlier than, he mentioned, as soon as he’d managed to clamber again on board.
Our journey continued down river, navigating rapids of various severity however by no means something too drastic, till we had a cease on the river financial institution at Brúarhlöð canyon. This was a time when individuals may stretch their legs, benefit from the view and, in the event that they so wished, do a cliff leap into the icy river!
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And, after all, we had been silly sufficient to offer it a go. There was a mini-briefing for this – we had been merely informed to type a queue if we needed to do it and, when our time got here, we had been to not dither… he would say “3… 2… 1… leap” and you should go there after which. This was truly a good suggestion because it stopped individuals over-thinking it. The one different two items of recommendation had been to leap out so far as we may in order to not be near the rocks, and to land like a pencil for a extra comfy touchdown.
As we neared our flip to leap, one of many guides checked our lifejackets to make sure it was tight and safe, in order that it didn’t ‘experience up’ when hitting the water.
One other stood by to say “3… 2… 1… leap”…
…after which there have been guides, ensuring that you simply swam to the sting after leaping.
With all those that needed to leap having jumped, it was again on to the rafts for extra enjoyable. There weren’t many rapids, however loads of alternatives to lark about.
There was numerous splashing, guides pulling individuals into the water, video games balacing on the inflatable sides of the raft, and so and so forth.
Different guides would name out “the place’s your information?” and we might look again in alarm, solely to see he was nonetheless there. We had been notably gullible for this one, provided that our information had truly fallen out as soon as already!
Again on the river base, we had entry to scorching showers and a sauna. Our subsequent cease after this journey was the Friðheimar tomato restaurant however Arctic Rafting additionally has its personal restaurant and bar on website.
The entire tour had been nice enjoyable, and the guides actually entertaining and fascinating. It’s a very efficiently-run operation from begin to end and an expertise that we might heartily suggest.
Planning a visit to Iceland your self? You may watch a video from our journey to Iceland right here. Footage from our journey with Arctic Rafting will be seen between 2m 22s and 3m 30s.