If you were dared to jump from a cliff in the middle of a magnificent canyon in Iceland, and plunge into arctic waters for some glacial river swimming, would you do it?
What if you were dared to jump into a raft and navigate your way through some of the most pumping waves and rapids South Iceland has to offer?
Well, I’m daring you now!
White Water Rafting is a fairly epic adventure, and Iceland is a pretty spectacular location for it. Rafting the Hvítá River with Arctic Adventures was a fantastic way to explore Southern Iceland, and a great way to combine intense adventure with spectacular sightseeing.
We gently floated through scenic canyons, paddled furiously through exciting rapids, and put our balance to the test by standing on the side of the rocking raft, dangerously close to the edge!
Throw in some cliff jumping for glacial swimming, and a relaxing hot tub and sauna back at basecamp at the end of the day, and you’ve got yourself an incredible amount of river fun!
The River Fun rafting day trip is a grade 2 white water rafting trip, suitable for every skill level! The team at Arctic Adventures was absolutely fantastic and really made our trip memorable.
Fun, personable guides had us racing with other rafts, engaging in incredibly fun river games (which generally saw the uncoordinated (me) land in the river), and competing to see how many members of the other boats we could give a good old glacial water facial!
While you may instantly shiver at the thought of glacial swimming, with the amount of warm, waterproof clothing and gear provided by Arctic Adventures, we truly didn’t notice the cold! Plus, once you hit the water and your adrenaline starts pumping, the Icelandic chill quickly becomes a distant memory.
Not only were the team at Arctic Adventures phenomenal guides, they also doubled as pro chefs. After an incredibly active afternoon out on the river, we returned to base camp to an incredible BBQ dinner. Hot potatoes, fresh salad, and genuinely the most succulent, mouthwateringly delicious steak I have tasted in my life, this particular day tour had the whole package covered.
We fully utilized the basecamp bar over dinner, and spent spare time before our departure yelling and screaming at the flat screen TVs over the world cup score.
We shared social beers with our newfound rafting friends, because for the first time in a pretty decent while, I wasn’t driving! I was more than happy to allow Arctic Adventures to chauffeur us all back to our accommodation in Reykjavik.
We were guests of Arctic Adventures. All opinions are our own.