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River Ride - White Water Canoe Day Trip on Hvíta

White Water Canoeing on the Hvítá River, near the Geysir hot springs

Trip level : 3+ (out of 5), quite challenging
Guaranteed departures: daily from Reykjavik at 12:00-12:30 and from Drumbo basecamp at 14:00; AND Tuesday to Saturday from Reykjavik at 9:00-9:30 and from Drumbó at 11:00, 01 June-10 September
Duration: 3-7 hours

This is one of Iceland's most exciting activity excursions on a very scenic river, just over an hour's drive from Reykjavík. Offering a perfectly balanced mix of serene canyons and adrenaline pumping waves and rapids, this is a canoeing trip that will leave you with a real sense of achievement.

Whitewater canoeing is ideal for those looking for a challenging adventure in Icelandic nature. The canoes are inflatable and self-bailing, meaning that they do not fill with water and are easy to handle in the rapids. These are two-person canoes so you are paddling and steering as a team. For safety you'll be accompanied by a guide in a separate kayak or raft.

Arriving at the Drumbó basecamp you'll get geared up for the canoeing. After a safety briefing and practice session you'll take to the water and head for the first of the rapids. This exhilarating 7 km paddle down the Hvita Gorge is a fun-filled mix of whitewater rapids and waves and quieter stretches, where you can sit back and enjoy the dramatic scenery as you drift by the walls of the gorge. There's also the option to do a cliff jump for those who want even more of a challenge! Hauling out of the river at the end of the trip, there's a welcome hot shower and sauna,before the journey back to Reykjavik.

Price includes: transportation from Reykjavík, canoeing excursion on Hvíta river.
Please bring with you: warm sweater, a complete change of clothing, bathing suit and a towel. You will get wet, so only waterproof cameras are suitable. Disposable waterproof cameras available to buy at Drumbo: 3,000 ISK
Age limit: 18 years
Minimum number: 2 persons 
Special skills: this is an adventurous trip for those in good physical condition. Some experience of rafting or canoeing is helpful.

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In the shoulder seasons (15th of April - 31st of May and 10th of September - 1st of October) the RiverRide and all its combo tours are available for minimum 4 persons. If you are only two, contact us to join another group. 

Adventure Combinations:
- RiverRide & snorkeling 
- RiverRide & ATV's 
- RiverRide & WhaleWatching 
- RiverRide & BBQ fiesta 
- RiverRide & Horse Riding 
- RiverRide & the Golden Circle 
- RiverRide & Super-Jeep
All canoeing trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to there own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk.