Whales & White Water Rafting

May - September Daily About 10 hours Reykjavík with pick up included Moderate Min 11 years old

This whale-watching combo tour is perfect for those who want to sight-see in the great outdoors. The tour begins with pick up at 9am that will take you to the Elding ticket office in Reykjavík’s Old Harbour, from there we’ll board a specially outfitted whale watching boat and embark on a nautical adventure at sea, expect to encounter whales, dolphins, and birdlife on the three hour ride.

Next up we’ll shuttle you to the Drumboddsstaðir rafting base camp which is about 100 km from Reykjavík, once there you’ll get all the necessary equipment and a safety demonstration you’ll get out on the water in Gullfoss Canyon.  The nature and scenery on the rafting trail is stunning and adds that something special to an otherwise exciting and thrilling ride. Once back at the basecamp you can relax in the sauna or hot tub before being driven back to your hotel by Arctic Rafting shuttle bus.



Pickup for whale watching
Pickup for whale watching starts at 08:15 and lasts up until 8:45. We ask our passengers to be ready and waiting for pickup at their hotel or designated bus stops within that time frame. Any delays, please call our head office and enquire about the bus’s whereabouts.

3 hr. whale watching tour
Enjoy an exciting 3 hr. tour in Faxaflói searching for whales, dolphins, seabirds and other wildlife that frequents the area. Excellent commentary provided by our naturalist and overalls and blankets available to wear during cold days. See whales or dolphins or try again for free another day.

Pickup for rafting tour
Get picked up from Elding’s ticket office by Arctic Rafting’s shuttle bus. The bus will drop you off at Drumboddsstaðir rafting base where your next adventure begins.

60-90 min. white river rafting down Gullfoss Canyon
Enjoy 60-90 min. rafting down the white waters of Gullfoss Canyon. Beautiful nature and stunning scenery add that something special to a thrilling water adventure!

Drop off at your hotel in Reykjavík
After the river rafting you will be driven back to your hotel in Reykjavík.

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Tour highlights

  • Rafting down the glacial river Hvítá
  • Whale watching adventure at sea
  • Relax in a hot tub or sauna after rafting


  • Pickup and drop off at your hotel
  • Round-trip transport
  • 3 hr. whale watching tour
  • 60-90 min white water rafting tour
  • English guidance
  • Use of warm overalls
  • Free WiFi on board
  • All necessary rafting equipment
  • Sauna and hot tub access
  • Certified rafting guide

Not included

  • Food and drinks.
  • Towel (available for rent at rafting base camp).

Good to know

  • Don’t forget a towel and your bathing suit.
  • This tour is not suitable for young children or if you’re pregnant.
  • Please remember to wear water and windproof clothing including sturdy hiking shoes with ankle support. In winter we also recommend wearing hats/gloves and warm socks.
  • Please note that all participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking the rafting trip stating that they realise that the activity carries an inherent risk.
  • Note: Pick-up starts 45 minute(s) before departure.
  • If pickup is not required for this tour please make your way to Elding’s ticket office before 09:00. After the whale watching you need to drive directly to Arctic Rafting’s Drumboddsstaðir base camp and be there before 15:00.
  • Location: Elding Whale Watching, Ægisgarður 5, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Location: Drumboddsstaðir -Drumbó River Base and Restaurant

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