Scenic 5-Hour Horse Riding Tour for Experienced Riders with Transfer from Reykjavik

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Summary

Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration
5 hours
Difficulty
Moderate
Languages
English
Available
All year
Minimum age
12 years old

Description

Discover the captivating beauty of Southwest Iceland uniquely through this scenic horse riding tour from Reykjavik. This five-hour adventure takes experienced riders through the peaceful Icelandic countryside while riding a lovable Icelandic horse.

The action begins when a driver picks you up from your Reykjavik accommodation at 8:00 AM. They will take you to your initial destination: Hveragerdi. This charming town is called the "Hot Spring Town" or the "Earthquake Town" for its dynamic geothermal activity. Hveragerdi is also where you'll find the stables for the Icelandic horses.

Upon reaching the stables, a friendly and experienced guide will meet you. They will give a short orientation about the tour, the target locations, and the Icelandic horses.

Icelandic horses are a unique breed known for their resilience, friendly nature, and distinctive characteristics. They have been purebred in Iceland for over a thousand years, which has resulted in their pure lineage and exceptional traits.

One of the standout features of Icelandic horses is their five gaits. Physically, they are compact yet robust, standing between 13 and 14 hands high. Their sturdy build and thick double coat make them well-suited to Iceland's harsh climates and rugged landscapes.

Though the tour is for experienced riders, the guide will still orient you with the basics of safe riding. They will also provide you with all the necessary riding gear to keep you safe and comfortable during the tour.

Your horse riding adventure starts along a route running beside the Gljufura river. Though relatively small, the Gljufura river has its unique charm. The river is a favorite destination among anglers looking for salmon in the area. You'll then see an old cemetery with stones that remind you of a storied past.

As you control the horse's reins, you'll notice the path heading toward the Olfusa river. Interestingly, the Olfusa river starts when the Hvita and Sog rivers begin to combine. As you explore the area on your horse, you'll see soft black sand that leads to panoramic sights.

If you take the tour in clear weather, you'll see the majestic silhouettes of the volcanoes Hekla and Eyjafjallajokull. Often referred to as the "Gateway to Hell" in medieval times, Hekla volcano has a storied and dramatic history of eruptions.

On the other hand, Eyjafjallajokull volcano built a notorious reputation when it erupted in 2010. This glacier volcano spewed vast amounts of ash into the atmosphere, closing the airspace over much of Europe and affecting millions of travelers.

After experiencing South Iceland's beauty while riding a horse, you'll return to Hveragerdi and head back to your Reykjavik hotel.

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to witness Iceland's natural beauty on a five-hour horse riding adventure for experienced riders. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

2.5-3 hours on horseback
Helmet
Rain gear or warm overalls
Transfer to and from Reykjavík

Activities

Horse Riding

What to bring

Sturdy shoes
Gloves
Comfortable pants (riding pants not necessary)
Thin warm hat to fit under a helmet

Good to know

Please note that this is a tour for experienced riders.

It runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, with at least two participants on each tour. You will be offered an alternative excursion if there aren't enough people.

If you want to bring a camera or other small items, please wear a waist belt, as you cannot wear a backpack on the tour.

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