Description – Golden Circle and Rafting Gullfoss
Our first stop on the famous Golden Circle is the geothermal area, Geysir, home of the original erupting “geyser” and his little brother Strokkur. Catch the sight of superheated water bursting from the ground up to 25 meters high. Next, we stroll down to Gullfoss, the undisputed queen of Icelandic waterfalls. Gullfoss, “the Golden Waterfall”, is an amazing sight. The water flows 32 meters down three steps of lava rocks with breathtaking power and grandeur. Our last stop of the day is the Þingvellir National Park. Here lies the biggest natural lake in Iceland. Thingvellir is a UNESCO world heritage site and the birthplace of Alþingi, the oldest existing parliament in the world founded by the Vikings more than a thousand years ago. Thingvellir is also a place of many geological wonders as it lies in the tectonic rift valley between America and Europe. It is completely surrounded by beautiful volcanoes created from the ongoing tectonic drift.
The rafting Gullfoss adventure starts with a transfer to our rafting base camp and then off to a great rafting tour down the Gullfoss Canyon. The river has a perfectly balanced mix of beautiful, steep canyons and adrenaline pumping waves and rapids. On our way, we pass through the magnificent Brúarhlöð (Bruarhlod) canyon where participants have the option of jumping from a cliff into the river. Afterward, we offer a nice hot shower and sauna before continuing on the road.
This rafting Gullfoss trip is packed to the fullest; stunning natural beauty, deep-rooted Viking history, amazing geological wonders, and a great rafting adventure!
- Geysir hot springs
- Gullfoss waterfall
- Þingvellir National Park
- River rafting on the Hvítá river
Duration: Approximately 11 hours.
Pick up time: Be ready at 8:00 AM for pick up from your Reykjavík accommodation and please note that it can take up to 30 minutes for us to arrive.
Included: Transfer from Reykjavik (and return), a visit to Thingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss, and river rafting on the Hvíta river. Certificated rafting guides.
Remember to bring: Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm socks, a change of clothing. Bathing suit & towel.
Minimum age: 11 years.
Guide to client ratio: 1:12.