Viking travel Iceland Riverjet
You may be able to row lazily on many a river but Iceland’s turbulent Hvítá needs a very different approach. Plunging over the massive Gullfoss waterfall, it crashes into the gorge below in a foaming, churning race downstream. Most people only catch glimpses of it as they cross a bridge or look down from the cliffs.
Iceland Riverjet offers a thrilling alternative. From a point close to their centre, Bjarkarhóll in Reykholt, their jet boats speed you upstream against the current, through white water, with gorges towering on either side.
These specially-constructed aluminium boats have no propeller but rely on a waterjet to power them. They can navigate shallows 4” or 10 cm deep at speeds of up to 75 km/hr., spin 360° on a coin and are highly manoeuvrable as they leap the rapids, powered by a specially-adapted 400 hp V8 engine.
The 45-minute trip takes you on an exciting trip through high lava canyons, over white-water rapids and through beautiful scenery in an 11-seat boat.
The Extreme Tour raises the bar on excitement and thrills, taking about 2 hours to get closer to Gullfoss where there are bigger waves, stronger rapids and awesome experiences.
There are no physical restrictions beyond being over 10 years old. All safety equipment and training is provided. The trips run daily from April to October. You can be picked up at your hotel in Reykjavik or the trip can be part of another tour.
Norwegian Cato Bergnord founded Europe’s first commercial jet boat company. He has over 17 years of white-water experience and is a licensed jet boat pilot from New Zealand, where this is a very popular sport.
Take a look at the movie on their website for a taste of what lies before you.
See video here
Skólabraut 4 • 801 Reykholt
+354 863 4506