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“So much fun”
Review of Arctic Rafting

Arctic Rafting
Ranked #13 of 26 Food & Drink in Reykjavik
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Owner description: Arctic Rafting is an Icelandic adventure and activity company with an emphasis on ecotourism and environmentally friendly river trips in the amazing Icelandic nature. We try to be sustainable in all ways, whether it is regarding our rafting operation, restaurant, equipment or anything else. Arctic Rafting was originally founded in the early 1980s when we started rafting on the Hvítá glacier river in South-Iceland. Since then we have welcomed and entertained thousands of happy customers and look forward to keeping on doing so. Now we are a part of the Arctic Adventures family wich gives us an advantage of being able to offer all kinds of great combo tours.
Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

This was one of the highlights of my trip. Everyone working for the company was lovey and made the experience so enjoyable.

I would definitely recommend it to anyone that is visiting Iceland!

1  Thank Michele G
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Reviewed August 5, 2015

At age 72 I went rafting on Hvita River (White River) 7km with Arctic Rafting. They provide helmets, paddles, wet suit with booties, lifejackets, splash jackets. Humorous but effective orientation, struggling into the wet suits. A bumpy bus ride over waste land to the put in point. Some in my party saw an arctic fox on the way.

We were expected to row, and practiced as a group in our boat of 8 guests and two (unusual) guides. Started hilariously, but we got it worked out. It is somewhat ambiguous whether we really accomplished anything with our rowing, but it was great exercise. Guides are personable and experienced.

The river runs pretty cleanly, with major rapids, but few obstructing rock in our path. The river has eroded the lava down in near vertical walls of several tens of feet in height on both sides of the river. We had three Level 2 rapids and one Level 3 rapid, all near the beginning. I was a lead rower in the front, and got quite a drink when I went into the 3 with my mouth open.

We pulled out of the water for a break at the jumping rock. I didn't jump. Many did.

The lower river was still fast and a bit bumpy. The take out area was quiet, and we were picked up by the bus for a bumpy but very short ride back to the livery, to struggle out of our suits, enjoy a hot shower and the sauna.

The water is cold, but the suits effective, so I rated the experience as a cool one, but not chilly. Advice: Wear bathing suit for modesty. Over that wear thermal non-cotton long underwear. Thermal wicking outdoor socks. Perhaps a balaclava for the head. Diver's or other wet suit gloves. I had 3 of the 5 items and did fine. No one got hypothermia even with 0 for 5.

Great fun! Really stretched me to do it. Don't be afraid of this adventure.

1  Thank TomM8132
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Reviewed July 14, 2015

Our guide was Colin from New Zealand. He was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. This rafting outfit is very safety conscious. It is recommended to wear a swimsuit under the included wetsuit. You can expect to get somewhat wet (especially your feet when entering and exiting the river). The gear (splash jacket, boots and helmets) that was provided to us kept us warm even though we got splashed with river water a number of times. They have some fleece jackets you can wear as an extra layer under the splash jacket, but they might be damp or a bit smelly. Consider bringing your own. I didn’t use one and was not cold. In fact, neither of us got cold even though our feet and hands were wet. Our trip took about an hour on the Hvita River. The scenery along the river was beautiful with high cliffs. This is not a float trip and you will need to paddle at times and also kneel down in the raft during some of the rapids. There was plenty of time to enjoy the scenery while the guide steered us down the river.

Thank ksufan88
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Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

Had a great day on the river with arctic rafting. The team was super helpful and knowledgeable. Post raft sauna was nice to warm up. The actual trip was about 10km and took us maybe an hour to complete, had a good boat and our rafting guide was pretty fun making the trip enjoyable. Worth doing for sure, loved it!

Thank Nick C
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Reviewed September 17, 2014

Had an amazing afternoon on the Hvita river with Arctic Rafting, the facilities are great and the staff amazingly friendly and helpful. The base is a little remote if you are driving, so leave yourself plenty of time if travelling from Reykjavik. Definitely give it a try :)

Thank Andrew T
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